HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

Steve hated Halloween. He hated dressing up. He hated Big Al’s Pizza Emporium. All three had conspired to have him standing in the street dressed as a furry Frankenstein’s Monster holding a placard that read: ‘Big Al’s Pizza Emporium: Halloween Special – All You Can Eat For £5’

He couldn’t get to the irritating itch on his nose. Another trickle of sweat ran down his back. The saving grace was the anonymity that the large, green uncomfortable head gave him.

A mother pushed a small girl towards him.

‘Get your photo next to the monster,’ she said, the smartphone ready to take the photo.

The child resisted.

‘Come on. Don’t let the big scary monster frighten you!’

The girl looked up at Steve. ‘He doesn’t frighten me,’ she said, and punched Steve in the solar plexus.

Steve crumpled to the ground, curled up in agony. The large, green head rolled off, revealing him to the crowd of onlookers.

The next day the local paper ran with the headline: ‘Halloween Special: Local School Girl Takes Down Frankenstein’s Monster’. There was a picture on the front page of the moment Steve had been struck, another of him hobbling away. There was a link on their website to video footage.

Big Al’s Pizza Emporium had its best Halloween trading ever.


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© A Mixed Bag

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). For more details visit HERE.

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33 responses to “HALLOWEEN SPECIAL”

  1. I think Steve was set up by Big Al, and the little girl is a hit man/person.
    Excellent piece, Iain.

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    1. Good conspiracy theory! Thanks CE.

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  2. Poor Steve. I think he deserves a bonus for that. A month’s free piza at least! Nice tale Iain 🙂

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  3. Poor Steve. I agree with the previous commentors that he was set up and that he needs free pizza for a week. Good story Iain.

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    1. Thanks. I think Steve is just the sort of person these things happen to! 🙂

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  4. Pretty sure when the mother said, ‘Get your photo next to the monster,’ she was talking to Steve. Great story.

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    1. Ha, I like that! Thanks Jac 🙂

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  5. Great story! Loved it! 🙂

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  6. This could be the start of a media career for Steve. No such thing as bad publicity!

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    1. I’m not sure he wants to be known for this, maybe he’ll enjoy the game in the end 🙂

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  7. Love it! And that’s coming from a guy who’s played many an animated character. I can’t count the number of kids who say “Is he real?” just before deciding their own way to figure it out. Sorry, Steve, I know how you feel.

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    1. Thanks John. I feel for you and all those adults who have to do this sort of things to entertain kids 🙂

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  8. Fantastic story, Iain. V funny.. Poor guy 😦

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    1. Any thanks, much appreciated 🙂

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  9. Poor Steve. Hope the media attention gets him some quality job — and as you point out monsters don’t have to be big and green.
    Great take on the prompt and now I want a pizza.

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    1. Thanks. I always want pizza. I’m surprised I haven’t written about pizza more to be honest 🙂

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      1. Write about pizza anytime — You’ll have my interest.

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  10. Poor Steve. He deserves a free pizza.

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    1. I don’t think Big Al is going to give him one 🙂

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  11. So the kid gave the pizza guy a topping he never expected!

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    1. Nicely put, thanks Keith 🙂

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  12. Funny take Ian. To be downed by a little girl, with that costume on, that’s terribly embarrassing for him. YouTube, FB, shares every moment in life now. Good for the pizza place though.

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    1. He’ll never live it down in the world of social media today! Thanks Mandi 🙂

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  13. Thanks for the laugh! Well done.

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    1. You’re welcome 🙂

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  14. Poor Steve. He got no respect, but then that doesn’t sell pizza. Funny story and good writing, Iain. 😀 — Suzanne

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    1. Thanks, glad you enjoyed, and yes, poor Steve! 🙂

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  15. I really like how you made me pity and laugh at Steve at the same time. 🙂 Well done!

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    1. Thanks Sonny, everyone has a soft spot for people down on their luck 🙂

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