#FlashFriday #Fictioneers: Mo’s Shadow

This week’s photo prompt by Madison Woods came at a perfect time, as I’m currently working on a story for a Bigfoot anthology. Following is an excerpt from my story titled, “Mo’s Shadow.” In this excerpt, she has just seen the shadow of something moving in the woods. She hopes it’s her brother, Shiloh, playing tricks on her again. But, maybe not . . .

I can’t wait to see the variety of stories the Fictioneers will write for this prompt! Click here to read other Fictioneer stories.

Courtesy of Madison Woods

Mo’s Shadow

“Shiloh! Is that you out there? I know it’s you, and you best come out right now.”


“It’s gonna be dark soon,” Mo taunted. “I’m gonna head back to the house and you’re gonna be out here all by yourself.”


“Mama’s gonna tan your hide if you’re not in by dark.”


She tried hard to convince herself it was wind that had rustled the leaves just behind her. But no. It was a new sound. Someone laughing. Something about laughter in the dark gave her the heebie-jeebies.

She ran home, darned sure that giggle hadn’t come from Shiloh.

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42 Responses to #FlashFriday #Fictioneers: Mo’s Shadow

  1. erinleary says:

    I hope he’s OK! I wouldn’t want to go into the woods there, I’m sure….
    Mine is here: http://wp.me/p1Wqon-aA


  2. kbnelson says:

    I didn’t know Bigfoot had a sense of humor! Nice job – and great use of the repeated word “silence”.

    I’m on the link system, or here:


  3. EmmaMc says:

    It didn’t even occur to me to reference Bigfoot, great idea and another great tale. I hope Shiloh is safe!



  4. rgayer55 says:

    I see now why they had all those commercials about messing with Bigfoot. If those critters are going to dish it out, they need to learn how to take it. I look forward to hearing the ending of the longer version 🙂



  5. Sandra says:

    Very chilling! How horrific a giggle can be at the wrong time in the wrong place.
    Nice one.


  6. I don’t know about bigfoot, but I do know a great story when I see it. A chilling take on the prompt which makes me feel sad for Shiloh. Thanks for stopping by. I’m linked as well as here: http://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/fridayfictioneers-sacrilege/


  7. *shivering* You “painted” sthe scene wonderfully spooky! Loved it. Certainly hope Shiloh is okay. As always–great job!

    Thanks for visiting mine.


  8. Karmic Diva says:

    Chills…I like it.


  9. Brian Benoit says:

    I liked this one – and even without the context you gave it at the beginning I totally knew what was going on and how I was supposed to feel. Nice one, and thanks for your comment!

    Brian (http://pinionpost.com/2012/06/15/arrival-in-sharesh-an-ill-omen/)


  10. There is nothing spookier than a disembodied laugh. Seriously spooky! Here’s mine: http://theforgottenwife.com/2012/06/15/friday-fictioneers-6152012-the-watcher/


  11. It would be terrible if something happened to Shiloh. Spooky little tale.


  12. There’s something much more sinister about a giggle in the dark than a maniacal laugh in the sunshine. Unless, of course, you know who’s giggling. And why. But we won’t go into that! Mine’s here: http://marilynkaydennis.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/madison-woods-friday-fictioneers-witch


  13. Lora Mitchell says:

    I have a feeling she raced home only to find Shiloh waiting for her on the porch…giggling. The question is: Who was the other giggler? I’m on the linky thingy but just in case, here I am: http://www.triplemoonstar.blogspot.com


  14. Mike says:

    A great story Jan.
    I enjoyed the somewhat sinister ‘giggle’. Amazing how one simple word can sometimes evoke fear.


  15. Madison Woods says:

    LOL, I had forgotten all about Shiloh by the end. Only when I read the comments did I remember. Geez, I guess I wouldn’t be a good partner on a dangerous hike!


  16. Nifti says:

    Hmmmn.. I’m thinking ghosts… Enjoyed this, :)but where is Shiloh?


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