The drabble challenge is a weekly challenge hosted by Aheila on her blog: http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com A reminder how it works: read the prompt and find your angle; write a drabble (100-word story, give or take 5 words); post a direct link to the drabble in your comments.

Lined up, single file, like an obedient row of soldiers, each gourd stands at attention, waiting and wondering about the fate that awaits.

Madame Carver picks one. Inspection time. Holds it up. Turns it around . This way and that. Got to meet the criteria – right size and shape is of paramount importance…

The knife is raised. Poised. A fractional glint of steel. The downward majestic sweep and… slice! The pulpy innards are gouged out! Splat! A blob of squishy, orange goo lands on the counter-top. Splat! Another blob! Seeds are scattered. Splat! Splat!

A smiling visage remains… illuminated and grotesque.


  1. Ryan on November 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    That’s a delightful and vividly descriptive recipe Madame Carver follows leading to the perfect jack o’ lantern.

    • mish on November 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks R… not too sure about the “perfect” part of things… more like “messy” LOL!

  2. tara tyler on November 6, 2011 at 1:07 am

    awesome graphic depiction of carving a jack o lantern =)

    • mish on November 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      … and I’ve never carved one or been witness to a carving… sheer speculation on my part (and of course, what I’ve read about the carving procedure…)

  3. Shelly on November 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Another great piece! Pumpkin horror!

    • mish on November 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks for your ongoing moral support… you are a honeybunch! 🙂

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