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She waited until darkness descended all over the neighbourhood. Stealthily she opened the door a crack and peered about. Good, it seemed safe to venture out. There was a nip in the night air that caught her unawares, so she turned around and went back in to get her overcoat. 

Her mother had given it to her and at the memory, her eyes welled up. Snippets of cheer rose before her eyes- a picnic lunch in the park, a warm summer’s day, running around in shorts and rolling about on the lush green grass. Shaking herself, she focused on the task at hand.

Her destination was here. She tiptoed around the house and looked up at the windows. All of them were shut. No, wait! One was open, high above. Craftily, her face broke out into a grin and she hitched up her skirts. Espying the tree next to the window, she shimmied up the branches in no time at all.

Peering in, she saw the master of the house, snoring soundly in his bed. Rubbing her hands together she jumped in through the open entrance and stood beside the bed. 

With contempt, she looked down at his face, smugly settled in the soft pillows. She prepared herself next. Holding out her hands, she watched as the nails grew longer . Then, she bared her teeth to reveal her fangs. Pleasure filled her nostrils as she drew in her breath and sensed the blood in the air. One step forward and then she stopped, shaking in her boots.

Dangling on the chain on the nightstand was a single, golden cross. . .


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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Suzy · April 27, 2014 at 6:04 am

Oh too eerie. Thank God for the Cross.

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 6:28 am

Yep thank goodness 🙂

Jacqui Malpass · April 27, 2014 at 6:42 am

Go on, eat him…. That was fab 🙂

sulekkha · April 27, 2014 at 6:46 am

Perfect imagery, scared the daylights out of me 🙂 Lovely.

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 6:48 am

Ha ha Jacqui 😀 Hidden intent, is there? 😉 Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 6:49 am

Sulekha, I am going to visit you in the dead of night, dressed all in black! Thanks for being scared 😉

Adam Dorfman · April 27, 2014 at 7:09 am

very interesting post

Vidya Sury · April 27, 2014 at 7:14 am

🙂 Ha, just as it was getting interesting!

Michael · April 27, 2014 at 7:26 am

Not bad…..effective.

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 7:47 am

Thank you Adam 🙂

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 7:49 am

You'd had liked her to finish the deed, eh? I was in a benevolent mood today!

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 7:49 am

Thank you Michael.

Ananya Tales · April 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

hmm.. interesting !

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 9:28 am

Thank you Ananya 🙂

shellymona · April 27, 2014 at 11:23 am

You really created eerie filled atmosphere around….
Great there was the Cross!
I enjoyed reading it…

Sophie Bowns · April 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

Gosh- very eerie indeed. A great read!

vishalbheeroo · April 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Vampire! Love the scary atmosphere you created..sent a chill down the spine and the cross gained the upper hand:)

rudraprayaga · April 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Aha! She couldn't enjoy the non-veg feast. Interesting.

Shilpa Garg · April 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm

OMG!! That was spooky and scary!!
A gripping read, Shailaja 🙂

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Spoooky …. I love stories that give me chills!

~S(t)ri Writes

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Thank you Shelly. Glad you enjoyed it.

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Thanks Sophie 🙂

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm

That was the aim, Vishal 🙂 Thank you for commenting!

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Ha ha, no, she couldn't Rudra 😀

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm

He he he, thanks Shilpa. Hope you sleep well tonight 😉

Shailaja V · April 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Yep, my mind is moving in that direction these days 😉

tulika singh · April 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Omg Shailaja.. That was quite something. So glad of the cross.

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

Scared you just before bed, eh? Sleep tight, Tulika 😉

Thank you!

Jayanta Tewari · April 28, 2014 at 2:48 am

Ah! That was real eerie and spooky- the picture added to the narration…Good one.

Beloo Mehra · April 28, 2014 at 8:09 am

Wonder what happened next? 😉 Jokes apart, you managed to create quite a scary piece there. A little different from what I have generally read on your blog so far 🙂 Very nicely done!

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 8:19 am

Thank you Jayanta! That picture was clicked a few minutes before I published the post. Very opportune prompt!

Shailaja V · April 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

Beloo! You must read my other fiction pieces. I promise you, they are quite scary at times 😀 Thanks for the compliment!

meena · April 28, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Feeling haunted…

vishalbheeroo · May 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Hey do have a look at mine and lemme know:)

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