Flash Fiction Friday: A New Neighbor


Here’s my story for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The photo was provided by Yinglan Z.


Mikey watched through the chain-link fence while he hid in his backyard. An old SUV with a pop-up trailer pulled up to the house next door. The house had been empty for years. Rumors said that people had died there.

The driver’s door opened and out stepped a tall, lean man. The man’s face was shadowed, but Mikey could see a scraggily beard and a head of thin hair.

A screen door slapped behind him and Mikey turned to see his sister, Susie, come outside. “Whatcha doin’?”

“Shhh,” Mikey said and turned back to his spying.

His jaw dropped. The SUV and trailer were gone. How could that be? He didn’t hear it leave. There was no dust kicked up in the air. No smell of exhaust. Nothing.

“Where did it go?” he whispered.

“Where’d what go?” Susie asked.

“The SUV with the old guy.”

“What’re you talking about?”

Mikey watched the house. Something stood in the front window, staring back at him. He let out a gasp and fell backward. When he stood again, the window was empty.

“You’re so weird,” Susie said and went back inside.


I came in at 188 words this week. Pretty rusty.

It’s been a long time since I last posted, completely unexpected. I’ll write more about that on Monday, so be sure to stop by for my Story Monday post!

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Have a great weekend.


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