Halloween Flash Fiction Event: Candace Havens
Thank you for joining us for this Halloween Flash Fiction Event story from Candace Havens. This story is a precautionary tale… for readers, and for the characters… about taking things for granted! The image is a stock photo from a DeviantART artist who specifically allows it to be used on outside websites, with credit and links posted. Big thanks, to both the author and the artist, for sharing. Now… on to the story…
The Narrow Walk
By Candace Havens
The quiet surrounding her on the darkened path sent a chill down Clara’s back. The sense someone watched her from the shadows was something she could no longer ignore. Her heels clicked along the stone echoing loudly.
I should have taken a cab.
After the loud noise and stale air from the club, she enjoyed walking through the park. During the day, it was filled with too many people and children screeching. But at night, she was normally alone and it had sort of an ethereal magic in the middle of the big city. The trees looming above, the scent of earth, these things calmed her. Made her forget about the guy on the dance floor with the too-touchy hands, or that her ex was there with the blonde from the coffee shop. The same one she’d caught him with in—
“I don’t know who you are, but I know you’re there,” she said. Her voice soft but carrying through the stillness on the path. The high stone wall to her right was the perfect hiding place for those who might want to do harm. She fisted and then stretched her fingers.
So not in the mood for this right now.
She paused, cocking her head to the right. A twig snapped just ahead. He waited patiently.
Any sane person would run for the entrance to the park.
But I’m not always sane.
A hand reached out and pulled her from the path, the other hand covering her mouth to keep her from screaming.
As if she would.
He had a good six inches on her, and he was wider than a door.
Curving over, she reached her hands back and pulled his giant head over her shoulder, his body following.
“Ooomph,” he said as his body hit the ground. Her knee was on his chest before he could move, pinning him to the ground.
His arms flailed when he saw her face.
His nose had been broken five too many times and there were scars around his eyes, as if he’d had wounds that had never been stitched. A fighter. Another angry, out of control beast who took his temper out on women.
“Wrong night. Wrong park. And really wrong woman,” she said just before she sank her teeth into the flesh of his neck.
About The Author
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. And she is the Editorial Director for the Covet, Edge and Select lines at Entangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.
About The Artist
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