October Flash Fiction (2019)

October Flash Fiction

WIPs

#GivingUpTheGhost

#JeanGenie

#CaliforniaSmith

#TempleOfTwilight

#ArchiveFiction (snippets over 10 years old)

October 1

Katrina Van Tassel wasn’t interested in that jock Brom, nor in the nerdy Ichabod. Her heart yearned only for the pumpkin-headed hessian she met in the moonlit woods.  #Twisted2sDay

Edwardian woman wearing a chemise reclining in bed

October 1

The band started up, & Noah asked for her first dance. There was no way to refuse without being churlish, so she allowed him to lead her to the dancefloor. As he swung her around, she noted that he was quite a good dancer, & he seemed to not recognize her. #writingromancelines

October 1

Sometimes, mostly at night, she could still hear the echoes, the whispering voices from the damp, dark tunnels that riddled beneath the city. Sometimes even under the humming bustle of the city, she could heat the sibilant siren calls. #vss365

October 3

I checked my spell & got up as quietly as I could. I made it back through the curtain & had one foot on the stairs when I heard Jim take a sharp breath. 

“Lauren, have you noticed any disturbances in your shop?”

“Oh for the love of the gods,” I muttered on the stairs. #Thurds #ArchiveFiction

October 3

Normally I was alone under the jaundiced lights of the station, alone to ponder the sulfur glow of the lights.

She smiled at me from behind the curtain of thick pale hair. It hung past her shoulders straight without a hint of curl. #WriteLGBTQ #ArchiveFiction

October 3

“You’ve met your match w/ this one.” She moved behind Amanda & kissed the back of her neck.

Amanda shivered, but she kept her eyes on Noah. She felt her stomach clench. Would he live up to what he promised? His offer in the carriage was only one of many he’d made. #140Line

October 3

The cries faded replaced by the blood rushing thru her ears. Not far from the banker were the husbands of 2 of her girlhood friends. Yet Amanda shrugged out of the robe when Dinah commanded it, & she stood brazenly naked wearing only a collar in front of the audience. #vss365

October 3

“Beg for it,” he said, rubbing his phallus between her thighs.

She didn’t know how to beg. Dinah whispered in her ear, a torrent of filth that made her blush & squirm. She repeated the words that Dinah gave her, stumbling & stuttering over the dirtiest of them. #FeelLines

October 3

He paused, looking down at her. “You are every bit the beautiful, wanton hussy I knew you’d be.” He rubbed the head of his phallus over her sex. He smiled as Amanda lifted her hips, seeking his penetration. “Look at you, so deliciously desperate to be taken.” #Thurspeak

Nude seated woman wearing  a pirate hat and holding a pistol

October 5

The pirates would be hungry for attention after being at sea for so long. She shivered a little imaging being at the center of all that lustful attention. She smiled picturing herself in one of those movie-style bodices with her breasts threatening to spill out. #SuperheroSat

October 5

“How do I learn to do that?” I asked and suddenly knew that I was ok with the world-of-weird that Jenny had led me into.  If it meant that I could talk to Dee, that I’d at least have a chance to say goodbye, I could deal with killer-canaries and sex demons. #vss365 #GivingUpTheGhost

October 5

My grandmother had recorded her experiments in the book,& she’d noted that I wouldn’t need dog bones, or the other creepy stuff, legend said I needed.

I glanced at the instructions one last time, making sure I could do it. I took the book and went outside. #SoYouWriteSat #GivingUpTheGhost

October 6

Cory had always been so welcoming to me & tried to get me more involved in the social side of the coven. I’d pretty consistently shied away from that, but looking at the row of witches in front of him, made me think I should change my mind. #SunWIP #ArchiveFiction

October 6

Jenny had either slept with him and dumped him, or had slept with his best friend, his brother, his sister, or his cousin and dumped them.  She had a habit of breaking hearts.  But a small part of me hoped that she hadn’t slept with him. #SunScribbles #GivingUpTheGhost

October 6

Dinah dressed Amanda in a sheer blue robe. For her own costume, Dinah wore a lace peignoir and her cat mask.   

“Remember, you can say no to anything asked of you,” Dinah said, adjusting the mask. #LilLuvStory

October 6

When Obedience started working in the home of the parsimonious Jonathan Corwin he quickly invented causes to dock her pay. Obedience went to the witches in the woods and begged their help. The hex took effect, & the sound of clinking coins drove him mad w/ lust. #SinisterSunday

October 6

Minx had already shaved his legs & loved the smooth feeling of his skin. When he slipped the silk stockings over his legs, he was stunned at how sensitive his skin was. He wanted to stroke his legs but knew that he still had a lot to do.

 #SeduceMeSunday

October 7

“I have tried. I have argued for the girl at every turn. I have dealt w/ the politics & the constant argument. My position in the temple is now tied to her success or failure. Neldo covets my position with too much fervor, & he disregards all in his quest for power.” #BraveWrite #TempleOfTwilight

October 7

He shifted to lie next to her on the altar, his arms draped around her, as she rested her head on his chest. A beam of moonlight burst from the cloud cover& crossed their tangled limbs. #MuseMon

October 7

Alice pressed her hand between herself & the gladiator & began frantically rubbing her clit. The tingling her belly increased,& she shook as she came. She cried out almost scream in release. It was the intense orgasm she’d been craving since she ordered the program. #LoveLines

October 7

Standing in a towel, he pressed the voice mail icon. The message was filled w/ static. Jack frowned & turned up the volume and replayed the message. He could hear music in the background and over that a voice. He strained to hear the message but could make out the words. #vss365 #ArchiveFiction

October 7

Then she felt the fingers, the cool brush of ghostly hands on her body. Her smile deepened.  This was the reason she kept the job, the occasional real hauntings. The ghosts slid the blanket from her body, revealing her naked flesh.  “Hello sailor,” she whispered #LustyMondayLit

October 7

The seated fey laughed and it sounded like silver coins. “She meant no harm.” The words dripped scorn, and I shivered both in fear and with a longing to see the fey again. “A mortal witch in a graveyard so near Samhain means no harm.”

#ProjectFairyTale

October 8

I leaned back on the couch.  I realized that I should be freaked out.  I’d just been cracked over the head, or something, in an attempted break-in.  I’d felt pretty calm about everything until Kyle left the room.  Now that I was alone, I started to tremble a little. #BookishTues #GivingUpTheGhost

Nude reclined woman with long dark hair and Turkish hair jewelry

October 8

“I will enjoy your effort. Yes, my Queen, I will play your game tonight.” 

Without looking away from Tabiry’s face, she ordered everyone out of the chamber. Alone, Merneith kissed her again, her hands freely exploring Tabiry ‘s body. #FoodParty

October 8

She suspected that even w/ the drift of years, the lizardmen would follow similar rituals. Some chanting, incense burning, & offerings to a statue. Cali allowed the lizard women to take her into the baths, bathing and perfuming her. #vss365

October 8

“There’s actually an Underworld?  Like the river Styx and Charon the ferryman?”

Jenny shushed me. 

“What?” I looked at her?

“Don’t say his name.”  She really was sitting up and attentive now. #writingromancelines #GivingUpTheGhost

October 8

She felt around in her backpack.  She had a single candle and disposable lighter in the bag.  She laid the bottle of aquavit on the ground, and finally felt her fingers wrap around the candle.  She pressed the candle into a snowdrift and lit it.  #Better2sDay

October 9

“The Fox Sisters have a suggestion for you.”

I had no idea who the Fox Sisters were, but I’d learned that if I asked who they were, my mother would want me to call them over & have ghost tea-time w/ her dead friends. All I cared about was help w/ my photography. #1linewed #GivingUpTheGhost

October 9

Deep in the ancient woods, the witch stands before the boiling cauldron plucking out the bones. A rib to become a knife, fingers for divination, a skull to hold a familiar. Unlike the unlucky sport hunter, she uses every part of her kills. #vss365

October 9

It had been a long time, a very long time since she had shown a human her true face.  She stepped back, and he loosened his hold on her waist, his hands still rested on her hips. His dark-eyed gaze drifted slowly up her body.

She shivered as if he’d touched her.  #WIPWordSearch

October 10

Caroline found herself thinking about the psychic’s words.  He’d talked about power, and she had felt empowered when the psychic knelt before her and buried his face in her pussy. It had almost felt like worship. #140Line

October 10

The blanket slid off of her, leaving her naked on the bed.  She briefly wondered about the camera in her room.  As far as she knew, the crew never turned them on during the first night.  If they did, they’d get an eyeful for sure.  #Thurds

October 10

The crew was already unloading the crates & plunder. She made her way past the crew. A few noticed, but they all knew she was the Captain’s woman. The first mate nodded her toward the back of the cave, and Faith hurried to meet her lover. #VSS365

October 10

She came to my library, & I felt my pulse quicken as she made her way to the reference desk.

The library wasn’t busy. Finals ended the day before. But there she was, dressed like Audrey Horn from Twin Peaks. Knee-length plaid skirt & crisp ivory blouse. #WriteLGBTQ

Platinum blond woman wearing pasties and spider panties in front of a glittery. spider web

October 10

He brushed a finger across my nipple. I bit my lip staring at the glass eyes that glittered in the dim light. Because of the shadows the spider mask cast, I wasn’t sure, but I thought that it left his mouth partially covered by the fangs protruding from the mask. #WIPWordSearch

October 11

Simon ranted about loyalty to the company & his now dashed hopes that he would improve their lives by improving Gaia’s Green’s bottom line. Maggie caught Julie and Tom’s eyes. Improving the bottom line always meant ignoring their mission to protect the environment. #WriteAskew #JeanGenie

October 11

She stopped by her quarters, unshared since her roommate had decided to stay on Gliese. Stripping out of her uniform, she pulled on the station standard catsuit, silver, skintight w/ a zipper up the front before slipping into the bustle of the station to find the bars. #vss365

October 11

He wasn’t what she expected. He was young, and he was, by any standards, hot. She snapped her mouth shut when she realized she was gaping at him.

“Um, hi. Yes, I’m Caroline” she fumbled over her words.  She offered her hand, feeling lost in his dark eyes. #FridayKiss

October 11

Caroline was surprised at the flood of disappointment that filled her when a regular card was revealed. There was a figure holding a globe & staff. The psychic’s sensual voice was talking about power, claiming power, empowerment. & the tenor of his voice was pure sex #FriTease

October 11

They hurried out of their clothes, shedding their dresses and undergarments in a flurry of silk and lace. Then, they paused. Each devouring the other, their gazes lapping over familiar curves & savoring new lines and stresses.

“You are so beautiful,” Bessie whispered. #lesficfri

October 11

Their shadows twisted over the uneven walls, dancing in their own orgiastic frenzy. Their dirty hands coming together & his skin warm against hers. He tutted at her bloody knees, & she stroked the bruises blooming on his arms & shoulders. #WIPWordSearch #vss365 #ArchiveFiction

October 12

Cali had been intrigued by their legends of guardians of the canyon, monsters they described as large lizards. She wasn’t sure if she believed the stories, but she knew that the ancient Egyptians had a Crocodile god called Sobek and that they revered the creatures. #vss365 #CaliforniaSmith

October 12

“But  you see apparitions, you never wondered about that?”

I shrugged, “I can’t remember ever seeing anything ghostly.” I was reminded of the last summer I had spent with my mother. The strange man, & her sending him away by screaming at him in another language. #SciFanSat #GivingUpTheGhost

October 12

I could believe that Dee would hide an illness from me to protect me, but making Jenny hide something for 20 years was unbelievable. #SuperheroSat #GivingUpTheGhost

October 13

Tonight, she’d meet him again, at least thru the computer screen. She used extra glue on her mask, but it was the clothing he’d requested that made her really nervous. What he’d described was almost identical to what she wore to work after they’d met. #SunWIP

October 13

Lillian led Kate to the mirrored vanity and dug through the tangle of jewelry. She slipped a long strand of faux pearls around her neck.  The necklace hung to her waist. Lillian leaned forward and kissed her, softly on the mouth. “Go, enjoy the revels.” #vss365

black and white photo of a woman wearing a veil and carrying roses

October 13

This was her opportunity to experience the life of an anchoress. Anchoresses weren’t just medieval nuns; no they were devoted enough to their faith that in many cases they were literally walled into their tiny chambers to devote their lives and bodies to prayers.

 #SunScribbles

October 13

But it was his casual clothes that really surprised her. His low slung levis hugged his lean hips & a faded Poseidon’s Protectors shirt clung to what she now knew were well-defined biceps & chest. Oh, I could get into trouble w/ him, she thought.  #SexySmutSunday #JeanGenie

October 14

She wondered how the psychic would react if she had tried what she saw on the card.  Would he welcome her touch? Or would he be shocked and disgusted by her wanton desires?

She glanced back at the shop, the card in her hand. She turned back toward the store. #LoveLines

October 14

They decided to bed down in the temple. After whatever had attacked their camp, they weren’t going to risk a night outside. W/ their mules gone, or worse eaten, they’d have to hike back up the trail. They laid out their bedrolls, but none of them were comfortable sleeping.#vss365 #CaliforniaSmith

October 14

I blinked, blinded by the stage lights and listened to the crowd cheer. He hadn’t made me disappear, but my sequined leotard had, leaving me in fishnet stockings, heels, and a top hat. #LustyMondayLit

October 14

The priest finished the rites, but before he could exit the cave, there was a shimmering in the air,& the long thick tentacles crept out of the kaleidoscope crack in the sky. #MurderMonday

October 16

I noticed that she’d lost most of the frosty tone she’d had with him in the past. Kyle rested his hand on my shoulder and squeezed it briefly.  “I’ll be right back.”  He said.

After we heard him walk down the stairs, Jenny turned to me. “So really what’d she say?” #1linewed #GivingUpTheGhost

October 16

The altar was littered w/ offerings & candles. The wax from hundreds of petitions had pooled and dripped to the ground. Flowers & candy & animal remains littered the clearing. She found a place for her own candle, sheltered in the folds of the Saint’s stone robe. #TalesNoir

Nude, long hair woman kneeling in front of an alter in the woods

October 16

When she felt the tingling, the ache of her impending orgasm she, of course, ordered him not to stop, his tongue & lips had found the perfect combination of pressure & touch to bring her to the edge. She clamped her thighs around his face as she came. #WIPWordSearch

October 16

Aidan continued, “Whatever your grandmother & Dee became involved in frightened them. Dee blamed Sosostris for your grandmother’s death. She made a lot of preter friends,” he paused,& I guessed I was supposed to figure out that he was one of them. #WippetWednesday #GivingUpTheGhost

October 18

Merneith stroked the woman’s bare back before sitting beside her. She cupped Tabiry’s face and kissed the woman, for Pharaoh shared everything with his Queen. But Merneith broke the kiss, “I’m going to remove your Ka, your spirit, from your body.” #FridayKiss

October 18

The fairy placed the edge of the knife just above Beauty’s sex, the tip poised in the tender flesh at the top of her mons. & it was this pressure & the final cut that sweet burning at the parting of her flesh &the wet welling of her blood that sent Beauty over the edge. #FriTease

October 18

A Lambda Tauri, Terrans routinely called them Minotaurs because of their similarities to the Terran myth, watch the billboard. His fantasy showed him winning some martial competition. Alice eyed his fantasy self, a broad-shouldered heavily muscled hulk of male power. #WriteAskew

October 18

Could Dee really be calling me, like my cell plan now included ghosts in the friends& family plan? But if it was Dee, why would she want me to call my mother of all people? Wouldn’t talking to Dee make more sense? Well at least as much sense as calling dead people made? #vss365 #GivingUpTheGhost

October 19

Before Jenny could protest, I continued, “I think I need to figure out how to talk to the dead. Aidan’s friend still hasn’t called me back, but I’ve gotten all sorts of weird calls today” Letting her listen to the strange messages full of static & the voices. #SuperheroSat #GivingUpTheGhost

October 20

Doctor? Maggie thought, wondering if Georgia was a medical doctor or maybe a PhD. They weren’t that far from Berkeley after all. Next time, Maggie promised herself, I am going to ferret out something about her. #SunScribbles #JeanGenie

October 20

“I don’t want to hire you for a wedding, but I’m hoping that you’ll hear my offer.” Nix cut in. He turned to the redhead, “Daphne, why don’t you go& explore while we talk.”

She dropped his arm, “Yes, Mr. Nix.” She sauntered slowly away, & I wondered who she was to him. #SunWIP #GivingUpTheGhost

Topless woman wearing a long, tight skirt. Side view.

October 20

Princess knew this game; he was going to make her ask for every dirty thing she wanted or she’d get nothing. She licked her lips, realizing that the sun was almost gone and the beach was empty. “Please make me come,” she whispered. “I want your fingers inside me.” #vss365

October 20

He leaned forward & kissed her. That she hadn’t expected.  His lips were soft against hers, tentative & exploring. She heard his soft moan & wrapped her arms around his neck.  They continued kissing, their pace speeding up. #SexySmutSunday

October 20

“Please, mistress” Alicia began, blushing and aching for release. She looked at the Count and saw his smoldering eyes watching everything, while Justina’s brunette head bobbed on his cock. “My pussy needs to be fucked,” she said. #SeduceMeSunday

October 22

I took another swallow of vodka. “So supernatural is rude, ‘cause it implies a siren couldn’t be real.  Even though, I don’t think that anyone believes that sirens exist or are possible.” #Twisted2sDay #GivingUpTheGhost

October 22

Amanda’s lovers led her to bed. She heard the music from the club just beyond the screens. She considered asking Dinah or Noah to open the screens, to let her defilement be witnessed, but then they’d all be forced to wear their masks again,& she wanted to see them. #BookishTues

October 22

She didn’t even know his name; he was just B4. She saw him in the parking lot sometimes, he had luxurious dark hair and a well-clipped beard. He always said hello, but she just categorized him as a normal neighbor. Maggie’s life didn’t have a lot of space for normal. #Better2sDay #JeanGenie

October 22

“I’m sorry for this,” I said. I let my eyes shift, to change focus. I saw his soul, whatever energy made him alive & made him, well him. I saw it inside of him. I saw its colors and saw it twisting and turning itself into knots. I saw it, and I took it anyway. #vss365 #GivingUpTheGhost

October 22

He gave me a tired smile, “Fix, no” he shook his head.  “I can abate his current state, but this will occur again.” He paused, “I don’t want to overstep, but being involved with a lilu is a dangerous business.” #BraveWrite #GivingUpTheGhost

October 22

Her nervousness was waning, “I mean, it was better than the alternatives, ‘cause most of the preters who opposed Sosostris wanted us dead. But, Dee kept track of all the kids, & if they had kids she kept track of them. I’m the great-grandchild of Sosostris” #WIPWordSearch #GivingUpTheGhost

October 23

Maggie hoped those Thomas and Kelvin weren’t fighting.  They’d had a serious fight, not long after Maggie had moved in. She’d never learned what it was about, but the two had come close to splitting up. #WIPWordSearch #JeanGenie

October 23

Kyle glanced between me & the dog. “No, you’re not supposed to hide here.”  He looked up at me, his eyes apologetic. “I’m sorry Hero, I shouldn’t have snapped at you. It just, we don’t know who’s out there trying to hurt you.  And Hellpuppy isn’t invincible.” #vss365 #GivingUpTheGhost

October 23

Once around the time I had started kindergarten Dee had shown me some pictures in a book. I don’t remember what they were or why she showed them to me. Only that they were old drawings or woodcuttings or maybe etchings. They were old, I knew that much. #TalesNoir #GivingUpTheGhost

Dark skinned woman standing on a beach wearing a polka dot bikini

October 23

She shivered as if he’d touched her. Once again, she wondered if she was the hunter here. But as her eyes locked on his, she dropped her human form. Her tail swished behind her, and her wings unfurled. “Is this what you wanted to see?” #1linewed

October 24

“Do you know the guy in the devil costume?” She tugged at her skirt as a breeze blew through the cemetery. “I’d like a chance to get his number because even w/ all body paint, he was hot.”

“We didn’t see any guy.” #140Line

October 24

In a fit of anger, I tore the photo in half. It tore cleanly dividing photograph me from my photograph mother. I immediately regretted it. I didn’t know if there was a negative of the picture, and now I’d torn the only picture I had of my mother. #Thurds #GivingUpTheGhost

October 25

He leaned closer to her, whispering in her ear. “Come for me Princess.”

#FriTease

October 26

Cami lay next to Laura & pressed her lips to Laura’s neck. She whispered into her ear, all the wicked desires she had for Laura. Laura shivered in delight running her fingers thru Cami’s hair. Laura gasped as Cami’s fingers grazed her thighs, inching higher and higher. #SatSpark

October 26

I gazed at his spider mask. He inclined his head toward the mirror in the room. I turned to look. My hair had started to come loose. The cut and torn lingerie highlighted my exposure. With the young spider next to me, I looked like a pulp horror magazine cover. #SciFanSat

October 26

“What do you want me to say? That you’re a monster?” She shook her head, “He could have torn the world apart, like apocalypse end-of-days horror & terror for the masses.” She took my hand, “And you stopped that from happening.” #vss365 #GivingUpTheGhost

October 26

“It is an honor to meet you, cerberus.”  He nodded his head at HP.

HP wagged his tail and cocked his head at Aidan. 

“I had never expected to see one of you, at least on this side,” he continued to the dog, “It is truly an honor.” #BraveWrite #GivingUpTheGhost

October 28

The scarlet roses weren’t a surprise or, in Lady Charlotte’s opinion, particularly creative. Of course, red roses signified love& passion.  However as she shifted the fragrant blooms, she jerked her fingers back after being stabbed by a thorn. #WIPWordSearch

woman wearing a golden headdress, gold pasties, an a gold loincloth. She holds a long rope of beads

October 28

“What interesting ideas in this brain of yours,” he said taking a step toward me. His hand brushed my hair back.  “You have such wicked thoughts.” He smiled, revealing a mouth full of jagged shark teeth. Before I could step back, his hand grabbed my throat. #MuseMon

October 28

Samantha was lost in the movement until the grove fell into silence.

She stumbled in the hush when the drummers suddenly stopped. She pushed her hair out of her face, & her jaw dropped. She was used to the rituals becoming orgies, but she never expected to see Him. #LoveLines

October 28

I kept my eyes fixed on the window, as my imaginary voyeur began to dominate the experience. I rubbed my clit, picturing the man in the window. He’d be shocked at my display, but he wouldn’t look away. My brazen foray outdoors nude would have caught his attention #BraveWrite

October 28

Phoebe perched on the gravestone, feeling the cold stone on her bare thighs. Her dress was too short for sitting, but she didn’t care, as her devil was plenty warm when he stepped between her thighs. #VSS365

October 29

Vicki took a deep breath and stood before the window. The night sky and city stretched before her. Her eyes briefly flickered over the nearby buildings. She wondered if anyone could be watching her. #BookishTues

October 31

I’d forgotten that I hadn’t told Jenny about my adventure at Dee’s last night. She was going to be pissed that I went to the house alone. “Last night, after you left…” I paused, “I needed something to do, I just couldn’t sit here,” I glanced at Jenny. #Thurspeak #GivingUpTheGhost

Nude woman of African decent. Standing, wearing 2 strings of pearls and a bow in her hair

October 31

My moans made him smile, maybe just a quirk of his lips. And thinking of his lips, he leaned forward and kissed me. His tongue, as cold as the rest of him, invaded my mouth. My tongue grazed his teeth, tearing it. I tasted my blood in his mouth. & I heard him moan. #WriteLGBTQ

October 31

Disguised, Anne appeared to most as a young man. When she joined Rackham’s group at the tavern, they drank & talked of their pirating exploits. Jack even complimented Anne’s stories. But Anne thought she heard a longing in Jack’s voice, a longing to return to the sea. #140Line

October 31

“Ah my beauty, you are correct,” Merneith tugged the braid pulling the woman closer. “But you needn’t die for this to work. I’ve perfected the technique,” she twined the braid around her hand, drawing Tabiry ever closer. “And your Ka will take corporeal form.” #Thurds

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