I am excited to be back! It's been a long time since I've posted, but when I saw this contest on Twitter, I had to enter. First, you choose a picture from an assortment of fall/Halloween photos, then you write a story/poem inspired by it in 200 words or less. I love these kind of prompt contests. They are challenging and fun! Thank you to Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis for hosting the #FallWritingFrenzy! My story and the photo I chose are below. Let me know what you think.
THE MAGICAL PATH
By Laurie Smith Murphy
Sophie peeked around the mossy trunk of the tall oak and gazed down the path. The trees loomed like huge scarecrows waiting to leap out. It looked like a page out of a fairy tale, enchanting with a mix of spooky.
“Don’t go near that path, Sophie,” her sister, Rosie, had warned. “You never know what’s lurking.”
When did Sophie listen to her sister? Once. Maybe twice. Okay, maybe usually. But not this time, she thought, as she tugged her sweatshirt zipper up and rolled her sleeves down. The chilly air was filled with the smell of damp leaves and sweet pine needles.
But Sophie hesitated. Part of her longed to be here all by herself but part of her was afraid she was. She took a crispy step, then another. Soon, she swished through the red and gold leaves, twirling this way and that. Sophie set off
slipping down the magical path.
Sophie shuddered, skidding to a stop. “What are you doing here?”
“Waiting for you.” Rosie grabbed her hand. “Let’s go together.”
Sophie’s heart smiled as they whooshed through the leaves all the way to the end.