Bite-Sized Halloween #5: In a Heartbeat


The music was upbeat and infectious. The drums thudded – he could feel the thundering bass inside his chest. There were also brass instruments filling out the upper frequencies – trombones, horns… and was that a saxophone?

Charlie was engrossed in the booming parade of family-friendly horror and knee-slapping comedy. He didn’t notice the man staring at him. At least, not right away.

When he did look around, Charlie instantly locked eyes with the stranger. His stomach dropped and the hairs on his body stood on end. The parade’s din faded as if it were underwater.

The man had dead eyes.


This is part five of a larger story for Halloween. All sections are in the form of a 99-word story. Check back tomorrow for part six!

Previous parts: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4

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