Horror Story

She grabbed the letter opener, sharp and gleaming.

“Don’t,” he said.  “Not yet.”
“I must.”  She sliced open the envelope; pulled out the letter; shook open the tuition bill.

“How much?” He asked.

This was written in respose to this weekend's Trifecta Writing Challenge.  Write a horror story in 33 words, without the words blood, scream, died, death, knife, gun, or kill.

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Writing in the Margins, Bursting at the Seams: Horror Story

Friday, March 30, 2012

Horror Story

She grabbed the letter opener, sharp and gleaming.

“Don’t,” he said.  “Not yet.”
“I must.”  She sliced open the envelope; pulled out the letter; shook open the tuition bill.

“How much?” He asked.

This was written in respose to this weekend's Trifecta Writing Challenge.  Write a horror story in 33 words, without the words blood, scream, died, death, knife, gun, or kill.

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38 Comments:

At March 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM , Anonymous Victoria KP said...

Now THAT is terrifying. I'm 8 years away from tuition bills but it makes my blood run cold!

 
At March 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM , Anonymous JannaTWrites said...

I'm not quite here yet...I have orthodontist bills to get through first. But I'm sure my blood pressure spiked while reading this. Scary!

 
At March 31, 2012 at 12:14 AM , Anonymous The Gal Herself said...

What a great take on the prompt! And ain't it just the truth?

 
At March 31, 2012 at 12:47 AM , Anonymous Olddognewtits said...

My annual nightmare. Times two. Funny.

 
At March 31, 2012 at 4:11 AM , Anonymous jaum said...

Perfect "Horror Story" without all the key words... LOL at this one.

 
At March 31, 2012 at 5:56 AM , Anonymous Leslicollins said...

LOL!

 
At March 31, 2012 at 6:01 AM , Anonymous KathleenBasi said...

This is hilarious! Well done!

 
At March 31, 2012 at 6:10 AM , Anonymous MarcyTooTimid said...

Those days are ahead for me! Two teenage boys one year apart will make for some scary letters.

 
At March 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM , Anonymous November Rain said...

Oh my heck! Now that is a TRUE horror story (one I am all too familiar with).

 
At March 31, 2012 at 3:27 PM , Anonymous Beth Zimmerman said...

Having recently worked in the Admission office of a pricey private university I can say ... "Amen!" Found you through Lightning Bug.

 
At March 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM , Anonymous Mel said...

I can remember my dad having the same reaction when he opened the bill putting us through school. Very funny take!

 
At March 31, 2012 at 6:07 PM , Anonymous FGHart said...

Flashbacks! It gave me shudder up my spine. Nicely done.

 
At April 1, 2012 at 3:03 AM , Anonymous Mercy Dsouza said...

This will hit me one day, times 3. Yikes.

Tks. for dropping by my blog.

 
At April 1, 2012 at 7:26 AM , Anonymous Ixy said...

Love it! Great take on horror.

 
At April 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM , Anonymous Carrie said...

ha ha! Oh, I remember those times. The horror...the horror :)

 
At April 1, 2012 at 5:15 PM , Anonymous Lance said...

I had forgotten how terrifying tuition bills were. You frighten me in a different time.

awesome

 
At April 2, 2012 at 2:00 AM , Anonymous Trifectawritingchallenge said...

Thanks so much for linking up with Trifecta this week. Hope to see you back on Monday (10 am Eastern) for the new prompt and some exciting news about the changes Trifecta is making to spread the word about our writing community.

 
At April 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM , Anonymous karen said...

Quelle horreur!!!

We have three. While I support having "entrepreneurial" funds for the kids, my husband -- arguably the more successful one of the two of us (ie. he has a job) is fixated on school funds. Even though they are still in primary grades, we definitely feel the pressure.

aaaaaand braces are right around the corner too ...

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:00 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Just finished braces * 3 and heading into the college tuition now. Thanks for reading!

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:00 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Can't wait for the magazine!

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:01 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Lance,
I didn't really think I could do a real horror story in 33 words, so I took the easy way out. But the thought of that first bill...It is scary.

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:01 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Thanks, Carrie. We're approaching in the fast lane...

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:02 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Thanks! Not the typical response, but those others were so well done, I didn't dare try it.

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:02 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Times three for me as well - Yikes, indeed. Thanks for reading!

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:02 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Thanks for reading!

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:03 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Not looking forward to those bills, Mel...

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:04 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Thanks, Beth - Yeah, the price of college really took us by surprise.

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:04 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Thanks for reading! We're just getting started in this process. Scary.

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:05 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Yes, I've got two one year apart as well - Scary, indeed! Thanks for reading.

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:05 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Thanks for reading!

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:06 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Not LOLing. Biting my nails.

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:06 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Scary...

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:07 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Not looking forward to those bills...Thanks for reading.

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:07 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Thanks!

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:08 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

Just paid the last orthodontist bill. On to college...Thanks for reading.

 
At April 4, 2012 at 6:08 AM , Anonymous Kgwaite said...

One this year, one next year, then a brief respite for us. Thanks for reading!`

 
At April 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM , Anonymous The Lime said...

haHA... too funny. Challenge artfully accepted.

 
At April 30, 2012 at 3:55 AM , Anonymous Allie Hajian said...

Excellent! Captivating and creative, too.

 

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