Short Story Sunday – Preview

One of my goals for 2015 was to blog more often. As part of attaining that goal, I have decided to clean up and post some of the short stories I have written in the past few years. I will post these shorts in serial format, approximately 500 to 750 words at a time, every Sunday evening. These short stories will focus on genres outside of my comfort zone to push boundaries and expand my talents (or lack thereof) and I appreciate any and all feedback.  The first short story will be in the paranormal genre with a little romance to boot. The official first Short Story Sunday post will occur next week on Sunday, January 25th, but I am posting a little teaser to pique your interest. Hope you enjoy!

The Stranger

Nights worried her.

Streetlights and headlights from cars glared off of her eyeglasses, making it hard to see. Shadows lurked around every corner. Sound echoed off of the tall buildings, leaving her unsure which direction it actually came from. She did not even want to think about the mysterious happenings that had been reported in the newspapers recently.

In the past two months, the police reported ten attacks on people in her neighborhood. Four of victims were still in the hospital. The others were not so lucky. The attacks were gruesome, the news reported. The victims appeared to have been attacked by a vicious animal, but there were no animals big enough to cause that kind of damage in Tampa, Florida. The officials ruled out alligators early on, since gators liked to rip apart limbs and eat their prey. The victims were savagely attacked, but all limbs remained intact. And the attacks occurred in areas where alligators were unlikely to frequent.

Angie Sparks was afraid to leave the house at night until the authorities figured out the source of the attacks. It was just her luck that her best friend would have an emergency in the middle of the night and no one else could be reached.

Thanks for reading this teaser! Come back next Sunday for the official first Short Story Sunday post for more.


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