As always, this is based around Laurence Simon’s weekly challenge for the 100 word-stories podcast. It’s a great exercise for writers – writing a good drabble is a lot harder than it appears, but is still a “small” task so you can get around that idea of it being too much work. And then you get a random (and often bizarre) writing prompt to shoehorn you out of writer’s block! Go read the rules for the Weekly Challenge and participate! Heck, Chris the Nuclear Kid does when he remembers to (and I can drag him away from video games)!
The player below should have the audio for this week; if it doesn’t, you can find the audio here to download. You can also read and hear the rest of the entries (and vote for your favorites) at the 100 Word Stories podcast site!
I don’t want to open my eyes.
Trickles of memory seep back. Finding the old box, the curved horn inside.
Something pushes against my mind. My eyelids open.
My daughter is on the couch. On the floor. In the hall.
My head wobbles, unbalanced by the single horn. Runes crawl underneath my skin. No time to think — it’s coming back.
Stumble over my wife’s shattered corpse to the closet. Pentagrams flare on my flesh. I get the .45.
Finger on the trigger. Barrel to my eyes.
This demon’s gonna have one bad case of tunnel vision.