Thunder shatters the skies. A lonely mansion stands atop a hill. Inside, a marble telephone rings, its cry hardly audible above the ravenous storm outside.
Heavy breathing sets in.
The breathing now assimilates bellows propelling a simmering fire.
‘Seriously? You called me at—what—precisely midnight to just breathe into the receiver? Can you be any more of a cliché?’
The voice croaks, ‘The call is coming from inside—
‘That’s. It.’ An eardrum-shattering whistle cracks like thunder through the speaker.
The line goes dead shortly after and the rest of the night passes on peacefully.
For Friday Fictioneers where the prompt this week is the picture on your left.
The inspiration for this story came from a mix of countless horror movies and a little snippet from real life. I’ll not go into details unless you ask me to, but I just want to say that blowing a die-hard whistle into the speaker does indeed result into the annoying caller hanging up with a moan of pain and a bad-tempered harrumph.
Now there’s a would-be victim not to be reckoned with. Good one.
Thanks, Rochelle 🙂
Cute, and sharp whistle well deserved.
Thanks goodness a victim who refuses to be one!! Obviously NOT a baby-sitter or camper, the usual crazed killer fodder.
I don’t think you want “assimilates” in ” assimilates bellows”. Maybe “simulates”?
Just want you to know I want to be this person if I ever get such a call!
haha 😀 glad for the inspiration.
It used to be ‘assimilates a bellows’, but I didn’t know if it fit. So I removed ‘a’ and then I was lost!
Speaking for myself, I don’t think I’d want to be inside that mansion, alone at night, during a storm (or any other time now that I think on it)! I enjoyed the way you carried the story through from the opening lines to the ending. Great flow! (love the whistle) Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf – not I!
The Big Bad Wolf, Ha! 🙂
Thanks for commenting, Penny.
Good for you. I did something similar once.
I loved yours in fact 🙂
Does that technique also work on robo-callers?
Hmmm….I’ll need to think up a new one for that!
For me the picture you added set a perfect tone.
I thought it might 😉
We should all keep air horns by our bed for those annoying midnight stalkers. 🙂
That is great advice, David!
AnElephant, of course, has no need of a whistle!
I’m sure an elephant’s trumpet is much more effective than a whistle!
That outta got him! Ha ha! Frighteningly funny! 😀
Hehe 🙂 Thanks, Linda.