Halloween Writing Competition: Most Descriptive
Arianne K, age 9, has been awarded the Most Descriptive prize for her entry in the ECP Halloween Open writing Competition. Congratulations, Arianne!
I am a Shadow
By Arianne K
Nearby, there is a towering, neglected mansion where everyone says that a grief-stricken, grisly ghost lives. Occasionally, a high-pitched keening can be heard. If you are unlucky enough to see the shadow of a weeping man, then you would be the next to perish, so the stories say.
My friend Sierra had dared me to enter the creepy haunted house. However, I wanted to visit because the house seemed mysteriously inviting and the windows seemed to whisper, “Come. Don’t be afraid.”
As I pushed the hefty, heavy door open, I heard a groaning creak echo through the gloomy house. As I entered, Sierra scuttled to her car and sped off. I shook my head unbelievingly and suddenly saw a misty shape take form and then disappear. My heart was beating so fast that it could blast off like a rocket.
I mumbled, “Hello? ” The hallway door squeaked open like polished patent leather shoes brushing a marble floor.
I tiptoed further in and saw a transparent coffin with a bloody male inside. Fear gripped me. My lips trembled. I wondered if he would jump out and kill me. Icy sweat trickled down my back. I needed to scream but no sound came out. I thought that I would explode!
Then, the ghost abruptly appeared again and started weeping in this weird language, “Guleboo….” A bloodcurdling scream erupted from my mouth and I scrambled all the way home.
When I got to my room, I felt odd. I heard the shadow man moaning “Finis” over and over again. I lifted my arm and my hand disappeared. My arm was becoming transparent. I could feel my body parts drifting away. My vision blurred and the last thing I saw was the shadow man in his youth farming the lands around the mansion.
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