A drabble is a very short story of exactly 100 words. Feel free to join in and write your own drabbles on Fridays and tag them with “friday drabble” and on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaydrabble.
There it was again.
She was perfectly still in bed and could hear the scratching – the rapid beats of thousands of tiny fingers across endless keyboards.
It’d started last week. She’d hear it in the small silences, but convince herself it was nothing. Her imagination. The brushing of branches. Perhaps a small leak.
It was not.
The tapping, chattering rhythms became louder. Became agitated. Angry.
She’d wished them away, and she’d put down the snapping traps and the tacky paper and the bitter poison.
And still they skittered. Still they ran within her walls and into her nightmares.
17 thoughts on “Friday Drabble: Home”
Hey! I know her!
Nice one, Steve. Sometimes, I hate how 100 words can be such a tease. This drabble of yours could be so much more! You are excellent with suspense.
Thanks LD — I find not being constrained to, you know, actually use full sentences is a big help. :D
OMG OMG OMG. That is all.
Isn’t it nice that you were on my mind this week? :D
Hahahaha. That would kill The Duchess. One time, she leapt straight on top the dining room table, when I brought in a baby mouse I’d found in a field (I was about 5?).
MT — hah. I’ve never been freaked out by rodents, and most bugs. Except for centipedes. Ew centipedes.
Flies, roaches or killer ants? Maybe they were started their own newspaper column and need to use the computer. READ ALL ABOUT IT – WOMAN DIES OF FRIGHT IN OWN BED!
Cori above had posted on some mice that had moved into her home last week. That was where it came from… :)
It’s revenge, Steve. For the rats from last week’s story.
GOM — you know I realized that it was the second rodent-themed drabble in a row. Maybe I really should stop watching “Ben” and “Willard”…
Terrific, Steve: last night while in the bathroom, I heard some odd scratching and banging in the walls. I thought at first, it must be the rat again. But then I thought, what if it’s isn’t? And now I’ve read your drabble….
HG — happy to help keep your imagination in high gear. Sweet dreams!
This sounds rather familiar!
Sadly, for some of us, yes!
as soon as I started to read this, I said, “Hey! This is Cori!” how sweet that you turned her mouse misery into a little drabble. ;)
I’m like Law & Order, I like to take my inspirations from real life… :D