Barb wire--Madison Woods

Photo Copyright: Madison Woods

NOTE: If anyone is interested, there’s a literary magazine, CQ INTERNATIONAL,  that started a short story competition in the last issue. There’s going to be the second competition. The magazine is online and free. The entry for the competition is also free. The winner’s story is published in the next edition. The magazine is published in the UK, and the editor is Paul White. The link is as follows:

Here we all are for another week. Today we’ve gathered in a virtual graveyard. Our hostess for this gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Madison Woods and is a repeat. Thanks, Madison.

To read the other stories by the group, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

Genre: Horror/Humor Fiction

Word Count: 4+100=104


Two men had been sent to the graveyard on a vital assignment.

“Okay, here’s the mausoleum, Charlie. Hand me the stake.” Bill stepped forward and pulled on some gloves. “I’ll open the door.”

Charlie looked confused. ” I thought you had it. What’ll we do?”

It was one hour before dark.

Bill, always a quick thinker, went to the truck and pulled out a roll of barbed wire.

“Alright, here are some gloves. Let’s get started.”

Count Sucksalot rose, opened the mausoleum door, and turned into a bat.

“But what is this, a cage? How dare these people. No respect!”




Written Act of Kindness Award






    • Thanks, Claire. It wouldn’t have hurt, but they didn’t stick around that long. Car trouble would have complicated things, but he was already caged unless he’d used mind control. That could have been nasty. I’m so pleased you liked the story. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Kent. I can see him walking into the courthouse and applying for a name change. “How do you do.” He was always such a gentleman. One of my favorite movies was “Love at First Bite”. I’m so happy you enjoyed the story. 😀 — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Mike. Yes, it did take bravery. Someone will have to come back and stake him to keep him there. I don’t know if they were paid extra. Probably not if they worked for the city. I don’t know who pays professional vampire hunters. I’m so happy you liked the story. 😀 — Suzanne


  1. I’ve always wondered why vampires never seem to be able to climb the Peerage ladder higher than Viscount. It must suck being near the bottom of the ranks. I bet Sucksalot sits in his crypt waiting for the sun to set thinking, “Duke Sucksalot… yes, it has a nice ring to it!”.

    Sorry, got distracted. I mean…. bad vampire!

    Fun story, Suzanne. 🙂


  2. If you want to make Count Sucksalot into Count Sucksnomore, you need to think on your feet. Which these guys did, what a great idea. Fun story, I loved it.


    • Thanks, Teagan. I’m so happy you enjoyed the story so much, including the title. I didn’t want to give the story away in the title but had to choose an appropriate one. You have a wonderful weekend also. Hugs back to you. 😀 — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Lily. I’ve only read one of Anne Rice’s books Weird. I’ve got one of Stephen King’s books I’m trying to get up the courage to read. I love the funny vampires like the Count in “Love at First Bite.” My son laughed at the funny little black bat in that one. One of the reviewers said the Count in that one was a Victorian gentleman. I’m so happy you enjoyed the story. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Dawn. Yes, it was an interesting evening. It would have been easier, though if Charlie had remembered to bring the stake. Good thing they had the barbed wire. Although I didn’t mention it, they probably did have garlic. I’ve heard no good vampire hunter is without it. I’m so happy you enjoyed the story. 😀 — Suzanne

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