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Isn’t he the most precious thing? she purred.

Yes, he’s adorable, the mother replied uneasily.

 She’d never told anyone but, the moment he was born, the lightning bolt had struck the house and every single clock had stopped at the witching hour.

Written for YeahWrite’s GargleBlaster prompt #159
This week’s question: 

Have all your clocks stopped?



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Categories: FictionYeah Write

Jyotsna Bhatia · April 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Interesting take !!

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Thanks Jyotsna!

PhenoMenon · April 28, 2014 at 2:58 am

Sounds like me 😀


Suzy · April 28, 2014 at 4:34 am

Oh spooky. A lot conveyed in very few words. Nicely done.

Madhura · April 28, 2014 at 5:14 am

Crreeepy! There's a whole story in 42 words! Powerful as always, Shailaja!

geeta nair · April 28, 2014 at 6:02 am

Spooky yet interesting.

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 7:11 am

Yeah, I am not going to argue with that one, Pheno 😉

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 7:11 am

It's really fun to do that, Suzy! Thank you 🙂

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 7:13 am

Thank you very much, Madhura!

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 7:13 am

Thanks for liking it, Geeta!

cshowers · April 28, 2014 at 7:16 am

Very good. I wanted to

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 7:21 am

So glad 🙂 I will endeavour to turn it into a longer piece soon!

Beloo Mehra · April 28, 2014 at 8:21 am

Yes, do expand this one, Shailja 🙂

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 8:30 am

You're really tempting me now 😀 Thank you!

Marcy · April 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

Ooh, creepy. I would feel uneasy too, even though I claim to not be superstitious.

Kathy Combs · April 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

That is creepy!

Red Handed · April 28, 2014 at 11:39 am

damn!!!! that was good.. creepy!

writingreallifetofiction · April 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm

A tad creepy…but good.

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm

spooky :O :O You are so good at spooky stories.. write a short story on horror genre pleaseeeeeeee!

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Yes, that is certainly a bit unsettling, Marcy. Thanks for reading!

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Yep, that was the plan, Kathy 😀

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

So glad you found it that way! <3

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Thank you for stopping by!

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Now you got me thinking 😉 Good idea, Sri!

sue · April 28, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Very nice
I am writing the a-z as authorsusankoenig – been trying to contact you with that one

susan · April 28, 2014 at 8:53 pm

and this is Sus also – I'll get back to you next month for all lthe flash sights

meena · April 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Naughty writer. Let me sleep now. As it is i get nightmares…

Pixie · April 29, 2014 at 5:38 pm

ooh! How spooky!!
and brilliantly expressed in just 42 words! wow!

sue · April 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

thanks for the awesome comment!!

Christine Hanolsy · April 29, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Spooky for sure! Though I have to admit, when my son was an infant I could have sworn all the clocks were stopped during his witching hour. I swear, time stood still some evenings. Thanks so much for hitchhiking, Sue – I hope you'll be back for next week's gargleblaster!

sulekkha · April 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

A mix of spooky and sad, loved it.

Rajlakshmi · May 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

ohh that's chilling!!! awesome story

Michelle Liew · May 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Great perspective!

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