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Nothing but wide open spaces between here and there. Might see a farmhouse every once in a while but otherwise nothing but land and sky.

Daddy was right, I had been on this road for days and the only thing I had come across was a cow, a few dogs, and a dead coon.  I could see that just up ahead there was a farmhouse. Wonder if they was looking for a hand. I sure could use a meal and a place to lay my head for the night.  I was bone weary with all this walking and could use another living soul to conversate with.  As I got closer to the farm, I saw another dead coon, and another and another. The air had become so thick with the smell of rotting carcasses that I nearly retched right there in the middle of the road. If my stomach hadn’t been so emptyI probably would have.  I heard the crows cawing from the rooftop before I ever saw them.

A shiver ran up my spine, Mama’s voice in my head, don’t count the crows, baby. You know why they’re called a murder. Don’t tempt fate. Let them tell it to the devil. 

I pulled my collar up, put my head down and just kept walking right past that farmhouse.


A to Z Challenege Letter W

This post is part of a month of daily posts for the 2018 A to Z Challenge


Would you listen to your stomach or to your Mama’s voice in your head?


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  1. That is sooo intriguing! You should finish it, I want to know the rest of the story!

  2. This is awesome! I really like the sense of dread you get – something that feels so intense and enclosed – even with a wide open space! #KCACOLS

    1. Exactly the claustrophobia of an open space.

  3. You have a lovely writing style! So descriptive. #kcacols

  4. I’m not sure I’d do either. I’d go with my hunch and I think I’d just keep going! I took part in the AtoZ challenge a few years ago and think I’ll take part again next time. it’s very time-consuming though! #kcacols

    1. It is very time-consuming. I have tried to do it twice and both times have not made it all the way through or skipped a few letters.

  5. I for one love those wide open places. The beauty of being out in the open is so peaceful

  6. Ooh nice way to set the scene. I wonder if we will see more of the farm house later in the story? Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS hope you come back again! 🙂

  7. We don’t have crows, but we do have a pair of resident ravens. They are truly tricksters, stealing items and devastating my bird feeders. – Margy

    1. Ravens are definitely tricksters. I thought about making the birds ravens.

  8. This sounds chilling… I would definitely not go near that farmhouse either. Will there be more to this? #kcacols

  9. Oooh, that’s creepy! I’d keep walking, or probably running even, away from that place! #KCACOLS

  10. That’s quite something writing a little bit every day! #KCACOLS

  11. Very spooky story. Watch out for that murder of crows.

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