Friday Fictioneers – 7/6/12

Posted: July 6, 2012 in short stories, Uncategorized, writing
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The boy heard the rumors about the abandoned adobe for years, and the Bruja rumored to use it for her magic, but his curiosity was too strong. His skin prickled with fear as he crouched behind a boulder, watching the fading sun slide over the desert floor.

The owl landed silently, slowly morphing into a crooked, old woman who limped through the door. He gasped as a beautiful young woman emerged, disappearing into the distance.

Creeping, he peered in the window, the house was empty. He ran, an owl screeched.

  1. Jenn says:

    So glad I found your blog from the Friday Fictioneers since you posted right after me! I love shape shifting in writing. 🙂

  2. Kwadwo says:

    As the saying goes, curiosity killed the cat. I hope he outruns the “owl”.
    You leave us in suspense, though.

  3. raina says:

    nice! I like the image of the owl turning into the old woman….and who is that beautiful young woman?

  4. billgncs says:

    beautiful — takes me back to when as a young man I read Carlos Castenada — I saw this through the eyes of a young man.

  5. erinleary says:

    Oooh…I really liked this set up. I think there’s more story to tell here.

    Mine is #15 on the Link List – here for others:

  6. dbfurches says:

    Very mysterious, fairy tale image. You had me sucked in to the story.

  7. Linda says:

    Just imagine being that child … I think fright would be the least of the feelings he felt. Really well written.

    I’m on the list but for those who happen across, my offering is also here:

  8. dmmacilroy says:

    ‘..he ran, an owl screeched.’ A wonderful story, laden with magic and mystery and not a little menace. i really enjoyed this.



  9. Jess Schira says:

    Love the imagery in this piece, and the boy’s authentic reaction. He’s a great deal braver than I would have been. I don’t think I would have been able to get that close. Great job.

  10. Shape-shifting always makes me think of Tony Hillerman and the Ella Clah series. Nice start for an interesting story! Wonder why owls and wolves are always the animals for shape-shifting? I like them both.

  11. Interesting. I want to know what the old witch gives up to have her youth again? What does the boy see that makes him run. Great story. The link to my story is:

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