A Bizarre Event Occurred in a Small Town on Halloween Night. Short Fiction.

Updated on October 15, 2019
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I love to write flash fiction, using a moral standard to not pass judgement until you look deeper inside.

This is the decoration my son Jackie had in front of his house two years ago.
This is the decoration my son Jackie had in front of his house two years ago.

It was Halloween night and the old man Jeb loved to sit out on the porch to treat the children who came for candy treats.

There was a chill in the air, he wasn't sure if it was the chill or a premonition, but he felt a bit apprehensive, His eyesight was failing, but could still make out size and shapes. He'd sat out about two hours, having fun with the neighborhood kids who'd come for homemade treats.

He was growing tired and called for his daughter Margie to help him back inside the house, when she didn't answer, he became concerned.

He attempted to rise from his chair when he felt hands lifting him. He was placed in a chair beside his glowing fireplace.

A loud voice yelled " Look into the fire " He looked and saw his dead wife on fire and screaming in pain. His heart exploded.

He was found the next morning, along with his daughter, also dead, lying across her bed.

The newspaper account. " A Bizarre event happened last night in our little town Jeb Brown passed away while sitting by his fireplace, and even more bizarre, his daughter Margie Brown has also passed away. She was found lying across her bed from an apparent heart attack. No foul play expected.

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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Shauna. I wanted to write a scary Halloween story, but didn't have a clue. I saw the picture of the old man and the story practically wrote itself. And, this type of story is completely out of my comfort zone, so I am truly pleased that my Hubber friends liked it. Thank you so much.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 weeks ago from Central Florida

      What an eerie story, Ruby! And just in time for Halloween. I think I may have to think twice before I sit out front waiting for this year's trick or treaters!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      So glad you approve of this spooky story William. Thank you..

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      William Kovacic 

      3 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Spooky and strange for sure, Ruby! I liked the way you set it up, and you picked the right title!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, thank you so much. That is a Van Gogh painting. I really like it. He looks so miserable. lol I don't know where this story came from. I think it wrote itself. It's always good to see you. Lots of hugs.

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      Genna East 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Ruby. First off, I loved your son's decorations...imaginative, fun and so in keeping with the holiday! The painting looks like it might be a Van Gogh. What a chilling, spooky story -- a real thriller, Ruby. You are so good at writing flash fiction short stories. Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      John, I just read it and the theme blew me away! It was scary, yet, it made me laugh. Can you imagine using a Dr. with that name? The nurse having blood all over her uniform was a clue. Hee

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Ruby, you requested that I write a scary short fiction story so i did: It is a flash fiction called "What a Hyde!" https://letterpile.com/creative-writing/What-a-Hyd...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Nell, you could do a scary flash fiction, and it would be really good. We both kind-of believe in the abnormal, so go girl! I'll be watching....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Doris, I miss decorating for Halloween too. I used to go with my son and we would come home and spread our goodies on the floor. I think I will do something, maybe a Jack-O Lantern. I'm happy that you thought it was scary. I wasn't too sure? Thank you much.

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      Nell Rose 

      4 weeks ago from England

      I love your short stories Ruby! Chilling stuff! I will have to have another go at flash fiction. I also love the decorations.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Wuuuuuu, Ruby, that was bizarre. Bizarre, but good. What a great flash fiction for Halloween. You should write more of these. I like your son's yard decorations, too. We don't decorate anymore since the kids are all gone, and I miss our old Halloweens.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, please don't let Gabe near this story. Hee Glad you came. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. I actually lol when I read your comment. Bulldozing and burning the site will do. Hee.. Thank you

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pamela. I'm glad it's just a scary story. I prefer writing poetry, but I wanted to use Jackie's picture. Thanks for coming by...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Hari. I guess he did feel DEJA-VU, scary thought that he'd been there before. I had to look it up. I don't know French. Thanks for your input to this nutty story...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. I think Jackie's yard decorations were the best part of this story. I tried to write something scary and came up short, but anyway I tried. lol Thank you for always supporting The Good The Bad and Ugly. Hee

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lora, I was completely out of my comfort zone when I wrote this, but I'm happy you came to visit. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I ain't scared one bit....

      Yikes. Take my word for it, I won't be having Gabe read this.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was bizarre. If I'm city officials, I'm bulldozing that house down as soon as possible. :) I love me a good scary story,and you delivered.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a good, scary short story with a sad ending. It is appropriate for Halloween when scary stuff if supposed to be the norm. Thanks for this story, Ruby.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      5 weeks ago from Bangalore

      Great.

      To add to this spooky story may i add ...

      "The old man felt a deja-vu"

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Spooky intertwined with sad, dear Ruby.

      I really like Jackie's Halloween decoration as well.

      Love and hugs, mar

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      Lora Hollings 

      5 weeks ago

      A certainly good attempt at scaring, Ruby! It gave me the shivers.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      John, I added to the title, Short Fiction. I don't know where it came from? Just trying something different. I must admit, I wanted to rhyme every line. Thank you for reading my attempt at scary. lol

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      John Hansen 

      5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, Ruby. I don’t know what to say about this story. Did it really happen, or is it fiction. Quite shocking either way, but more so if true.

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