Halloween Fun

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The branches jingled like wind chimes in the Fall breeze. Their colored leaves shone brightly, encased in tombs of ice. Decorative spider webs formed oddly shaped tubers in the corners of the neighborhood doors. The unseasonal ice storm left its mark.

Clothed in Halloween’s promise, Jason was ready. He didn’t have to be himself tonight. His mother warned, “Be careful. There are dangerous people out there.”

He didn’t listen.

Alone on the street, children slipped passed him on the ice, their weighty candy bags centering them. He chose less popular houses.

The porch light was off at the first door. He knocked. A woman with a pale face answered. White flakes traced the folds of her skin. The blacked out space around her eyes made her look like a skeleton. She smelled of alcohol. If she wanted to, she could grab him, pull him inside, and no one would know.

He extended his bag.

Plunk, Plunk.

He moved on.

The next house was better illuminated. The man wore flannel pajamas and house shoes, not a costume.

Plunk, Plunk.

He moved on.

At the third door, he waited until a large group of kids finished. The woman was young. Her rosy cheeks and kind smile were real, not made up.

Plunk, Plunk.

Jason dropped the smoking pistol and silencer back into his bag. He skirted past the body and dragged it inside by the shoulders.

He had to hurry.

Unlike the frozen landscape, time would not stand still.

He moved on.

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