A joyous Yule or other festival of choice to everyone. As in previous years, I am participating in Loren Eaton’s Advent Ghosts 100-word scary story project. This year, a riff on a traditional creepy trope:
“Are you all right?” Josie appears from the kitchen.
“Vase fell off. Almost hit me.” Ryan clambers to his feet, poker raised. “Must have shoved a bit hard.”
“See you upstairs.” She turns and blows a kiss. “Night, dad.”
Ryan raises his dirty hands. “Going to grab a quick shower after I clean up the glass.”
Takes effort but I finally leave my favourite chair.
Slipping through the bathroom door, I focus.
The soap drops into the bath and jerks toward Ryan’s heel.
My daughter. He can’t put his filthy hands on her.