The elders told of how the stone arrived, trailing fire and smoke, kicking up clouds of dust as it slammed into the earth. They had understood that it must be a gift from the gods, sent from the stars like a streaking arrow.

For a thousand years, it was a place of sacrifices: gold, silver, crops, bone, and blood. It liked the blood most of all.

But then the old ways died out and the star-stone was forgotten.

Alone it lay in the woods, piled high with needles and dying leaves.

If rocks dreamt, this one dreamt of blood.

Word Count: 99

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and CEAyr for providing the prompt photo!

  1. A vampiric rock, as opposed to a volcanic rock. Watch out world, when this stone stops its slumber.

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  2. James says:

    Actually not far off from my original concept.

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  3. Nuff said. I like how you ended the story there. No need to go any further, unless you’ve signed a contract with Hammer Films, of course.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    It must be waiting for the return of a sacrifice, but what else can it do?

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  5. More of a nightmare than a dream! Excellent.

    Click to read my FriFic

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  6. granonine says:

    chilling. Well done.

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  7. Joy Pixley says:

    What a wonderful legend, Joshua, and I just love that last line. Dreaming of old sacrifices, like Lord Dunsany’s old gods that nobody worships anymore.

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  8. Nan Falkner says:

    One wicked rock for sure and a very entertaining tale! Thanks!

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  9. gahlearner says:

    Very creepy, that rock. I’m glad it’s only dreaming now but what if it wakes up? Maybe it’s hatching something. Very intriguing story.

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  10. Lynn Love says:

    Lovely imagery. And you can see why they would have left offerings to this particular rock – it has a personality all its own. Love the tale

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  11. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    So very creative. It’s spooky to think of inanimate objects having thoughts and feelings.

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  12. Nice one! :o) Great wording.

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