Posted: December 11, 2013 in dark, fiction, Holiday, Outdoors, writing
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FFF prompt BOOTS adamickes-childsboots

Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for all her work and organization. You can visit her site and read through the other Flash Fiction Friday postings at:


For those who are new, Rochelle shares a photo prompt to which several #FridayFictioneers compose a 100-word flash of fiction. Come, show me you’re brave.

Here’s my contribution:

Tuscarora Trail

This section of trail was overgrown having seen little use since the rumored incident some years back. Two boys had ventured along while earning points towards merit badges for mapping the lesser known crossings of the Blue Ridge; this one believed to have been used by Tuscarora warriors during raids on the settlement below. All that was ever found of those scouts was a strip of hair, some skin, and boots, the story went. Undeterred, and anxious to prove himself, Tate dared to hike along the same trail as a clammy wind began to stroke the base of his neck.


  1. Adam Ickes says:

    Methinks Tate is in for some trouble. Stupidity is a poor way of proving oneself, but this is a lesson he hasn’t yet learned, and may never learn.

  2. draliman says:

    I get the feeling there’s about to be another “incident”.
    Creepy stuff!

  3. Perfect lead-in to something terrible a/o creepy. Just in time for the holidays. 🙂


  4. You sure have a way of giving me the willies! I can see this place and these boys… sounds like the start of a something bigger. 😉

  5. Sandra says:

    “a strip of hair” tells it all. Not a clump… a strip. What a scene setter!

  6. Dear J.K.

    Sounds like history’s ready to repeat itself. Spooky good.



  7. Oh the unreleased tension that might end up in nothing is great. and even then something might happen to the base of Tate’s neck

  8. unspywriter says:

    Bwah! Shiver! And it’s a windy day in the Valley today. Wonder if I should venture outside? 😉 Great story.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/big-shoes-to-fill/

  9. Jan Brown says:

    Oh, dear. I think I feel a clammy wind at the base of MY neck! Very suspenseful!

  10. atrm61 says:

    This was terribly scary-ooh,turn back Tate before it is too late!

  11. Oooo..I feel the hairs on my neck rising.

  12. liz young says:

    . . . and? What a great start for a ghost story.

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