The Thing Behind the Fence

Posted: October 24, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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It was an ordinary backyard, except for the chain link fence. Even that wasn’t especially out of the ordinary, so most people didn’t spare it a second look. Those who did rarely saw anything remarkable: just grass, a little overgrown, a rubber tire, nothing that would excite their interest.

If they’d looked closer, they might have seen the thing scuttling in the shadows as it shifted from one hiding place to another or seen the camouflage flicker from just a moment, revealing a many-legged shape.

At night, some of the people in the neighborhood heard it’s cry. They shivered, not knowing how close to death they were.

“Just the wind. Just a dog. Maybe it’s a coyote.”

They made endless excuses, always knowing that they weren’t true, but knowing that if they stopped believing them, they’d never be be able to sleep again.

Word Count: 144

This is for Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and Yinglan Z for providing the prompt picture.

  1. yarnspinnerr says:

    I wouldn’t like to live in the neighborhood. Beautifully crafted.

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Chilling and creepy, great sense of atmosphere. I hope it doesn’t ever learn to climb the fence…!

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  3. Very chilling and spooky! They have to believe their excuses for “it” or they wouldn’t be able to sleep again. CREEPY! Great story J.A.!

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  4. I am sensing that everybody went down the creepy route! Trust me not do it 🙂 very cleverly done.

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  5. Mike says:

    That there Wild life’s getting more dangerous.🙂

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  6. swritings says:

    Gosh, this was really eerie! Great take! Loved the last line! 🙂

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  7. luckyjc007 says:

    Very mysterious! Great story. The neighbors will be lucky if the “thing” goes away after Halloween…or perhaps there will be Real trouble on Halloween night!

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  8. mandibelle16 says:

    Wow, frightening take. The many -legged thing sounds chilling to me. I would think about moving away . Great write!

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  9. nice! Creepy, and now I want to know what it is 🙂


  10. Oh dear! That’s scary

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