You Came to the Right Place

Posted: October 11, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Elizabeth tried to ignore the fact that her neighbor’s door had ten locks.

So he’s cautious, she thought. Perfectly normal.

The locks went, one after the next, until the door opened a crack and two intense eyes glared out her from a haggard face.

“What is this?” he asked.

“I’m Liz. Your neighbor. We’ve never talked before, but…” She took a deep breath. “The power’s gone out all down the block, so–”

“You’ve come to the right place,” he interrupted, throwing the door open. “Come in.”

She walked into the house and found herself faced by shelves and boxes of food, bottles, and ammunition. A loud click came from behind her and she turned to see her neighbour holding a crossbow, a grin splitting his face.

“Blackout’s just phase one,” he said. “The zombies are coming next. And we’ll be ready for them.”

Liz decided not to visit him again.

Word Count: 150

This is for Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Maria for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    I hope she gets out okay this time, never mind not visiting again! Good take on the prompt.

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  2. Hahaha! He would only have seen the backside of me after hearing that! Chilling! I would run and never go back either! LOL Great story!!

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  3. Joy Pixley says:

    Hm, yeah — as prepared as he might be, I think I’d rather take my chances being unprepared for the next emergency!

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  4. Joyfrida says:

    hahahahaha nice! I enjoyed reading!

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  5. mandibelle16 says:

    I enjoyed this a lot. You created a really great character of her neighbour, stockpiling food and ready with his crossbow for the zombies. Completely reminds me of that show everyone loves right now about Zombies, ‘Night of the Living Dead.’ I’m not sure. I’ve only seen a few episodes.

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  6. Shivangi says:

    This is creepy, glad that she escaped! Wonderful story!

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  7. milliethom says:

    Ooh, a paranoid neighbour… Definitely not one to visit again! Leave him to prepare for the coming of the zombies on his own. I don’t trust him one bit with that crossbow.

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  8. afairymind says:

    She’ll regret not trusting him when the zombies attack… Great story, J.A. 🙂

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