With sorrow in his soul, Charlie pressed on. He carried the jack-o’-lantern, casting its glow whenever they approached.
Something with long nails and sharp teeth popped up behind a headstone. “Hey, kid!” it said, in voice that was far too deep. “Got some real nice candy, for ya!”
Charlie shone the light in its face. It screamed, swore at him, and then went skittering away into the darkness.
He walked on. How far should he go? Marion had never said. And it looked like Marion wasn’t coming back…
Minutes later, he found the crypt with the flashing neon sign.
This is part eighteen of a larger story for Halloween. All sections are in the form of a 99-word story. Check back tomorrow for part nineteen!