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The Shadow

Dampness lingers in the midnight air. Nearby, an unidentifiable sound pricks at your nerves, repeating every few seconds. Your breath catches in your throat as a long shadow cleaves through the light spilling from a street lamp just around the corner ahead of you. You consider turning back. ... What happens next?

Yorick, is that you?

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Halloween is easily my favorite holiday of the year, so I've started celebrating a bit early with a spine-tingling writing prompt. (By the way, I've just acquired my Frodo costume for the literary-themed Halloween party at the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference. Will I meet you there?)

The Prompt: Dampness lingers in the midnight air. Nearby, an unidentifiable sound pricks at your nerves, repeating every few seconds. Your breath catches in your throat as a long shadow cleaves through the light spilling from a street lamp just around the corner ahead of you. You consider turning back. ... What happens next?

Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below.


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