With their perimeter set up, Sally and Joe settled into their sleeping bags around the fire. It was dangerous to have a fire out in the open, but it had been days since they’d seen one of them. They assumed they were safe, but there’s never any security after the end.
In an effort to obscure what they had done, Sally and Joe had built a ring around the pit, placing the stones so they better concealed the flames. It made them feel safer and soon both of them had dozed off for the first time in months.
That was their second mistake.
As the pair slept, the flicker from the fire caught the attention of a walker in the woods. A lucky step over the can-laced rope and it was inside the perimeter, closing in on the sleeping lumps.
As the fire drew it forward, Sally and Joe continued to sleep, the sounds of contented breathing broken by the hideous keening.
Panicked screams followed as Sally valiantly tried to fight the creature off Joe, but it didn’t do any good. The pair hadn’t seen one walker in a few days but that night, three walked away from the fire…
All Rights Reserved © 2013 Julianne Snow
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20 thoughts on “FLICKER: Flash Fiction for the Coffin Hop”
Ooh! That was good. We used to be a vampire household until The Walking Dead. Now I’m trying to eat my dinner while zombies are making all of their noise and eating their dinner. Yuck! 😉 My wife flees to her bedroom because she can’t stand it. What are you going to do? We’ve got teenagers! Lol.
Hey, Julianne. How’s it going? Happy Coffin Hopping!
Can’t let your guard down with the undead walking around.
Enjoyed the excerpt! Thanks for sharing.
That was great, shows you can never know when a walker might creep up.
Heh heh. That’s what happens when you make an assumption. You make a zombie out of you and umption. 😀
LMAO! Thanks for commenting Ash 🙂
They always get you when you’re sleeping.
Don’t they though?? Thanks for stopping by Anita!
Oh! Zombies, yes? Or is it some other hunting nightmare?
It’s Zombies 🙂
Hey there! Stopping by from Coffin Hop!
Thank you Jolie 🙂
You can’t SLEEP!!
Good stuff and happy hopping!!
Thanks Penelope – I agree, people shouldn’t sleep, but sometimes your body betrays you!
Really enjoying these!
Thank you Jon! Next year we’re going to get you involved!
Well written and with a resounding punchline.
At least, Sally and Joe don’t have to worry about running into a walker. Though, I wonder whether they’re better off now.
Thanks Eric 🙂 I think Sally and Joe are beyond caring 😉
Oh man, I was rooting for at least Sally to survive 😦
Sorry Juan! But thanks for stopping by 🙂