And another one of those … But this time I’m better prepared. I’ve got all my NaNoWriMo-stuff lined up (more about that tomorrow). And I’ve got a good Halloween-ish story for this Bloghop (I hope you’ll agree it’s good; it’s surely not for everyone). I sent this in to the best writing related podcast I’ve ever listened to: “Alone in a Room With Invisible People“, AND IT GOT ACCEPTED. YAY! So you will hear it on the podcast some time soon.
Here’s my story. Happy Halloween for those who celebrate it:
Satisfied with the makeup that made her look like a deathly pale Victorian vampire, Anne closed her compact mirror and walked through the doors of the golf club. Tonight she would mesmerize her future husband, someone with money. No man in his right mind could resist her allure. Scanning the crowded room for unfamiliar faces, she hoped none of the regulars would notice she was wearing the same costume as last year. The hairdo had eaten up the last of her money.
She dismissed guys with expensive wedding rings, for she needed someone unbound. Two well rounded buttocks in an Armani suit swaying to the music caught her attention. The hands were unadorned. The face, when her potential husband turned, was nothing spectacular but would do. She wasn’t looking for Mr. Universe anyway.
It only took a few heartbeats to draw his attention. With a smile, he asked her to dance. Pressing her body close to his, Anne felt his erection through their clothes. Hook, line, sinker! They didn’t talk. When she looked up, her lips moist to invite a kiss, his eyes glowed a dull red.
“You’ve been tantalizingly close all this time.” His voice was husky. “Come with me. I’ll give you everything you’ve dreamed of.”
He limped, and she lost her synchronicity. Something seemed wrong with his leg, but her eyes were glued to his face. His smile hardened her nipples with arousal and fear. He had promised to fulfill her dreams, hadn’t he? Her gaze fell past him, and she frowned.
People around her had changed, wearing dull colored brocade clothing adorned with golden threads, and so did she. Where were they? Or was it when?
“You could be mistress to a pope.” Her partner pointed to a fat man with a hooknose in a red cloak. Countless jewels studded Hooknose’s fingers. When he smiled, his teeth were twisted black stumps. She shivered.
“Well, if Roderic de Borja is not to your taste…” Her partner whirled her around and the scene and their clothes morphed again. Now he wore a stiff necked suit, and her bosom fought a dress with a whale-bone crinoline. He nodded to a portly man she had once seen in a history book—a king of England or some such.
“Interested? He’ll make you his queen.” His eyes sparkled.
Wealth and power! All she’d ever wanted. That one was Mr. Right. But a question remained, “Why can’t I stay in my time?”
“Because death awaits you tonight.” The red glow in her partner’s eyes intensified. In them, she saw herself lying in a puddle of blood. She swallowed hard.
“What will it be, pope or king?”
She didn’t ponder for long. As queen, she’d be rich and powerful. No man would dare to object to her advances even when she grew old. Also, the king wasn’t as fat as the pope.
Before she could voice her answer, her dancing partner bowed, kissed her hand, and said, “Fair thee well, Anne Boleyn. We’ll meet again.” Bowing once more, he faded away.
Chris Bridges hasn’t a story this time but she’s promoting the Storytime Blog Hop. Give her shout out and say Hello!
Don’t forget to visit the other participants. Enjoy their stories:
Black Moon by Lauren M. Catherine
Poe’s Heart by J. Q. Rose
Hanks A Lot by Joe Bouchard
In The Gray Lake by Karen Lynn
The Right Honorable Brotherhood of Spirits, Poltergeists and Ghosts by Vanessa Wells
Life of a Pumpkin by Bill Bush
Why Should I? by Gina Fabio
Reaper by Juneta Key
Snow White Tabloid Style by Fannie Suto
Starving Artist by Samantha Bryant
The Halloween Dance by Barbara Lund
The Ghost In My Yard by Elizabeth McCleary
18 thoughts on “Storytime Bloghop Halloween 2018”
Nice twist! If there’s one thing fiction teaches us, it’s to be carful what you wish for.
I don’t know who Anne Boleyn is!
Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII and was executed by beheading.
Awesome twist on history!
Haha! You like your historical stuff, Cat. Anne hadda reap what she sowed. Nice pacing, and a fun read. 🙂
Yup, I love historical stuff — with a twist.
Didn’t see that one coming. :’)
Had to keep reading. What a clever surprise ending. And, we were just at the Tower of London in June and heard all about Ms. Anne.
Yes, the story only works for those who know Anne Boleyn. 😀
Excellent twist – but who is he???
He’s got a problem with the hoof-ehm foot and burning red eyes. Aren’t those clues good enough? 😀
That was alluring in the reading. Great flow and a great ending.
Thanks. And Thank you for organizing this hop.
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