Group: Quick Reads

Quick Reads One Demons

Hi prolific authors of Scribeslice. My name is Leslie Blackwell, recently appointed as a community Leader of this fine writing website. You may remember me from such stories as “And Fernando Makes Three”, “Inchy and the Owl” and “Ode to a Bumblebee that Flew into my Room”. I have been a member for about two years or so and thought it was about time I added my two cents into the motivation to get more people to contribute more often.

I can’t take complete credit for this exercise, it came from another website I was on some years back, but I thought it would be something to get the creative juices flowing. So the mission I have arranged, should you accept it, is to write a 250 word story/poem or essay etc on a certain theme that must include six random words within it. Sounds fun? Okay then without further ado I wish to introduce Scribeslice’s first Quick Read.


Assignment : Write a 225 word Quick Read using the theme (writing prompt): “Demons”

Phrases to appear within (not necessarily to be in any particular order)
1. Phantom
2. Bloodshot eyes
3. Ravens
4. Parchment
5. Your number’s up
6. Full moon

Leslie Blackwell

7th June 2014

To get you started I have added my own 225 word take on "Demons".


"Two Twenty Five!"

The shrill of the cicadas abruptly ceased as the large metallic door slowly squeaked open and a leather-faced demon stepped out of Falcon’s tomb. His reptilian skin glistened and bloodshot eyes squinted in the late-afternoon sunshine.

“Two twenty five?” he repeated, exhaling putrid air. His small shell-like ears pricked intently but he could only hear vague subterranean groaning.

He sauntered along the pathways, tearing away noxious weeds and checking tombstones against his dusty parchment. He was just about to give up when the ground suddenly shook. Ravens cawed from gnarly trees

The concrete floor of a nearby grave crumbled to a fine powder. With slow deliberate movements a skeleton awkwardly crawled its way out from under the ground. Dirt spilt from its filthy body as it wearily stretched its bony limbs and made toward the Phantom.

“Two twenty five!” it said proudly, presenting a small engraved rock to the demon.

“Congratulations Lucas, you won first prize!"

“At last, I’ve been taking the same number since the inter-ghoul lottery started! You never know when you’re number’s up, as they say.”

“Follow me and we’ll get you checked in.”
Grinning, Lucas followed the demon into Falcon tomb. The door slammed shut behind them.

Once again the shrill of cicadas lulled the tranquil graveyard, until evening arrived; stirring ghostly ghouls with an ominous full moon."

Leslie Blackwell

7th June 2014

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