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The Headless Horseman of HubNuggets Hollow

Author:

Elle Fredine (RedElf), photographer, published author, Elle loves seeking out new writers, and catching up with old friends

The all-time favorite scary Halloween treats of my childhood were the magical Walt Disney Halloween specials that aired in the week before October 31st. We looked forward to a full hour of "frightful fun" on Sunday night, hosted by theMagic Mirror, featuring trick-or-treating with Donald Duck, his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and those cheeky chipmunks, Chip and Dale.

Better yet, we might be treated to "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" , or "A Night on Bald Mountain", both fright-filled offerings. Other Disney gems featured our childhood-favorite, Disney cartoon villains - the wicked Queen from Snow White, the evil stepmother who was so vile to Cinderella, and the eminently chilling Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

The Headless Horseman - photo from missbimbo.com

The Headless Horseman - photo from missbimbo.com

KoffeeKlatch Gals hurries to the Inn - Image by RedElf, photo from jayne.eyre.ramascreen.com

KoffeeKlatch Gals hurries to the Inn - Image by RedElf, photo from jayne.eyre.ramascreen.com

Scholar Sci-PI - Image by RedElf, photo from rembrandtportraits.net

Scholar Sci-PI - Image by RedElf, photo from rembrandtportraits.net

HubNuggets Hollow for Halloween

Bare, twisted tree limbs loomed against the deepening blue of the autumn sky, clattering and groaning as they chafed together in the rising wind. KoffeeKlatch Gals hurried towards the Inn where the rest of the HubNuggets team waited.

"Hopefully, one of them has found the HubNuggets Wannabes list," she thought, pulling her collar higher against the cold. remembering how an urgent message from HubNuggets Central had sent them racing to this sleepy hamlet - HubNuggets Hollow.

"Manager Maddie was contacted by a local school teacher, Mr. Crane, who claims he can help locate this week's HubNuggets Wannabes. He says a clue is hidden with some old documents containing the legend of a headless horseman who terrorizes HubNuggets Hollow every Halloween." Master Marketer Menayan sounded tense. "You must recover the list in time for everyone to read and vote before they go Trick-or-Treating."

By the time Gals reached the Hollow Inn, a gracious Bed 'n' Breakfast nestled among ancient trees, and just down the lane from Ye Olde Church Yard, Sci-PI Inglish, the team's expert on ancient legends was already hard at work, poring over piles of dusty documents.

"I've found something!" Sci-PI announced, excited.

"What's that?" mumbled De Greek, around a mouthful of Plum Crumble, one of the dessert specialties of the Inn. "Did you find the recipe for this delectable dainty?"

Sci-PI laughed. She carefully warmed an old parchment in front of the fire. Gals and De Greek stared as spidery brown writing bloomed on the ancient surface...

"It's a list of six HubNuggets Wannabes!"

The Gender and Relationships Nominees

Sleepy Hollow, NY

A Wrong Turn...

While Sci-PI, Gals and de Greek were reading and voting, Enelle Lamb and RedElf followed a winding path through the nearby woods.

Ever-deepening gloom shrouded the forest, but the HubNugget hunters pressed on towards the lonely cottage rumored to hold a clue - one they hoped would lead to the HubNugget Wannabes.

At last, the path widened into a clearing, and they stopped, amazed to see a tiny, perfect, Gingerbread house.

"We must have taken a wrong turn back at the crossroads," muttered Enelle, unrolling an ancient map.

"This gingerbread isn't fresh." RedElf glared at the morsel she'd broken from the cottage. "And these peppermint patties taste like Styrofoam!"

"Hey, you kids get away from there!" yelled a voice from behind the cottage. "This is a closed set!"

A burly security guard rounded the corner of the cottage, and moments later, the intrepid duo was deposited on a brightly lit street near the Inn.

"Well, that's just perfect," grumbled Enelle in disgust, as she watched the security guard march back into the forest. "We travel halfway around the world searching for HubNuggets and end up on the movie set of Hansel and Gretel."

Enelle folded the map to stuff it back into her pocket, but, as if with a mind of its own, the map fluttered to the ground, landing on some damp leaves. As she bent to retrieve the faded parchment, RedElf grabbed her arm. "Wait, Enelle! What's on the back of your map?"

The two watched as the moisture from the leaves soaked into the parchment, causing the hidden writing to reappear - another list of HubNuggets Wannabes...

The Holidays and Celebrations Nominees

  • Christmas From the Heart
    It is not that I am a scrooge or dislike giving gifts but the commercialization of Christmas turns me off. There is something about any gift giving holiday that angers me. A gift should represent that one has...
  • 10 Best Diwali Gift Ideas For Your Family in India
    Diwali, also called as Deepavali in the Southern part of India, is an Indian Festival, a festival of Joy and Light. It brings happiness to each and every one, no matter whether they are kids or teenagers or...
  • Halloween Safety: Beware of Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and Werewolves
    It's easy to make light of Halloween as costumed children beg for candy and jack-o'lanterns flicker on porches, but there are spooky things out there. Learn how to protect yourself from Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and Werewolves!
Zsuzsy bravely faces the horseman - Image by RedElf, photo from sodahead.com

Zsuzsy bravely faces the horseman - Image by RedElf, photo from sodahead.com

The Headless Horseman thundered towards us - Image by RedElf, photo from 123nonstop.com

The Headless Horseman thundered towards us - Image by RedElf, photo from 123nonstop.com

Ripplemaker arrives with the HubNuggets list - Image by RedElf, photo from cardcow.com

Ripplemaker arrives with the HubNuggets list - Image by RedElf, photo from cardcow.com

The Horseman Cometh....

Enelle and RedElf had barely finished reading and voting when Zsuzsy Bee came dashing towards them.

"Run! Get away!" she called, flapping her arms as if shooing a flock of geese.

Thick, wind-driven mist gusted around her, washing towards the thoroughly alarmed pair. Dead leaves swirled about them in the suddenly darkened lane. The hoof-beats of a galloping horse echoed eerily in the gloom.

"Run!" Zsuzsy panted up almost out of breath.

"Where's Ripplemaker?" Enelle clutched Zsuzsy Bee's sleeve.

"She's right behind me..." Zsuzsy's voice trailed off in horror as she stared over her shoulder into the darkness.

Wind-blown leaves pelted the trio. They braced themselves against the rising gale, shouting for their missing friend. As the hoof-beats pounded closer, a terrifying, maniacal laugh reverberated along the lane.

Out of the swirling fog, a midnight-black apparition raced towards them across the old church graveyard.

"The Headless Horseman!"

Zsuzsy Bee, gathered the kitties to her. The three clung together, rooted in fear, as the mighty, black stallion clattered across the lane to rear above them, his hooves striking sparks from the cobbles. His headless rider raised a glowing jack o' lantern aloft in one black-gloved hand.

"Thanks for the lift, Simone."

Ripplemaker smiled serenely, and swung lightly down from her perch behind the fearsome apparition. "Here's your sword," she continued, exchanging the huge saber she carried for the glowing jack o' lantern.

The dark rider waved her saber over the empty space where her head should have been, and spurred her horse back towards the graveyard with a swirl of fog and leaves that vanished in her wake.

Ripplemaker stared after the rider. "Hmmm - maybe that was Maddie. It's so hard to tell with no head to go by...Oh, well."

Smiling again, she held out a scrap of parchment. "I found the last of the missing lists," she announced calmly. "We can share this with the others before we all go Trick-or-Treating."

With that, she headed for the welcoming lights of the Inn, jack o' lantern and list in hand, leaving the still-trembling trio to stagger bemusedly in her wake. Her happy voice floated back in the still, crisp autumn air. "I'm so glad I brought some extra things - I know exactly what costume I'll wear this year."

The Religion and Philosophy Nominees

  • Do Aliens Exist? Three Prominent Alien Types Exposed
    While we don’t actually know if aliens exist, reports by abductees have generated enough physical descriptions and characteristics about these alien beings so that over time, names were given in order to...

Epilogue

Zsuzsy Bee, Enelle Lamb and RedElf recovered from their fright in time to enjoy the Hubnuggets Team Halloween Masquerade Ball, with Gals, Sci-PI, De Greek, and all the HubPages staff. Ripplemaker won first prize for Most Creative Costume...

The Headless Horseman, er HorseWoman, took Ripplemaker's advice, and joined a support group for the Involuntarily Beheaded. Their motto is "Headless and Dead - Enriching Souls", or "H.A.D.E.S." She and her horse are active members of a Singles Square Dance Club, and I'm happy to report they are getting out more, and enjoying life...er, afterlife, er, whatever...though we're still not sure if she is Simone or Maddie as neither has showed up for work yet...

Happy Haunting!

BOO!

BOO!

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© 2010 RedElf

Comments

RedElf (author) from Canada on January 09, 2012:

I'll keep a wary eye out for him, Daemon Door. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Deamon Door from Warrington, Warrington on January 07, 2012:

yer, well done, but one mistake, i know the headless horsemen, so watch out when ur in the hollow.

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 04, 2010:

You are very welcome, Mythilik. We are always very happy to find new writers and help them along!

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners

MythiliK from India --> Switzerland on November 03, 2010:

Dear RedElf, thank you so much for the mail and I am still saying "Oh my GOD, really??? really??? did I win????"

The credit goes to the HubNuggets team, to my friends and fellow hubbers who voted my hub. Thanks to one and all.

Special thanks to the HubNuggets team, who are doing a wonderful job (I really envy you gals and guys. How do you have so much enthusiasm, reading 100s of hubs, find good ones and meanwhile, keep writing your own hubs... A long way to go and find the secret).

Congrats to all winners.

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 03, 2010:

Congratulations to all the winners!

RedElf (author) from Canada on November 02, 2010:

Thanks so much, MG! It's always fun coming up with a new story line. So glad you enjoyed the hub.

Thanks so much, Denise! ...and thanks to you both for stopping by to read and vote.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on November 02, 2010:

Cool hub. REally enjoyable and entertaining. :)

Money Glitch from Texas on November 01, 2010:

LOL, I always get a thrill looking at how the HP Team is portrayed within these hubs. RedElf you've done an excellent job as always. Thumbs up! :)

RedElf (author) from Canada on October 31, 2010:

Greetings, travel_man! Thanks for reading and voting!

As long as you don't end up flying around in circles, Zsuzsy! :D

ModernMom, Thanks so much - keep on soaking (soaking up the advice, I mean) and you'll do very well. You're already off to a good start :D:D:D

ModernMom from United States on October 31, 2010:

Red Elf,

You are such a talented writer! I am flattered to have been nominated but quite honestly, I am just really enjoying soaking up all of the great advice from the wonderful writers in the Hubpages community. I am totally new to this but I have been made to feel so welcome.

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on October 31, 2010:

Red Elf, as always great hub... I'm not sure what they are... but I seem to have some appendages stuck to my back... I find them quite up-lifting. Mind you, I keep looking over my shoulders to find out whoo's behind me.

Congrats to all the hubnuggeteers, remember to promote your hubs.

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on October 31, 2010:

Plum Crumble...hmmn..can you share it with me, too, De Greek? Great hub, Red Elf. I must vote first and leave comments to the batch of nominees.

Congratulations! :D

RedElf (author) from Canada on October 31, 2010:

She makes a lovely angel, don't you think? Thanks for reading and voting, bayoulady

Thanks so much, MPG. It was fun to write. We make a pretty great team, I think ;)

Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on October 30, 2010:

Well written RedElf and so much fun to read. Great hubnuggets too, wonderful job everyone.

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on October 30, 2010:

thought you made Zsusyb look adorable!Read and voted...all done!

RedElf (author) from Canada on October 30, 2010:

Thanks, Gals! I love these round-up hubs - they are always great fun to write. Thanks for the support!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on October 30, 2010:

I agree with Patty, the cloak was very flattering. RedElf, I loved it from beginning to end. Wonderful job, it was very entertaining.

Read, voted, voted up and awesome.

RedElf (author) from Canada on October 30, 2010:

Patty, they had such a lovely selection, too. Glad you stopped by.

Thanks so much, kids-toy-box. I love PhotoShop ;)

kids-toy-box on October 30, 2010:

Awesome Graphics..another finely crafted HubNugget Tale. I've just voted look forward to next weeks tale.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 29, 2010:

I much admire KoffeeKlatch Gals' cloak this week - very flattering!. I must go shopping at Sleepy Hollow Cloak Haven soon.

RedElf (author) from Canada on October 29, 2010:

Yes, that Plum Crumble was heavenly, wasn't it, Enelle? :)

Ripplemaker, thanks so much. I really enjoy writing these hubs. It's fun to try and tell the story the best I possibly can, to frame the nominees in an interesting, exciting way.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on October 29, 2010:

REdElf, Yay, I won the best in costume! Hahahahahaha It was indeed a scary time for the Hubnuggets Team. LOL I always loved how you are able to make our favorite stories come to life and make us a part of it. I am always amazed! And the Involuntary Beheaded? That was so cool!

It's time to visit the nominees...will be right back!

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on October 29, 2010:

That gingerbread was awful! Good thing that Inn was close by ;)

RedElf (author) from Canada on October 29, 2010:

Thanks so much, Cags! Thanks for stopping by to support our newest nominees!

Enelle - I am so sorry - I meant to say, "Thanks Hans-elle..." Silly me - I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off...No! Wait! I didn't mean that! Not headless...!

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on October 29, 2010:

Great hub RedElf. Congratulations to all HubNugget wannabes. :) Thank you RedElf. Voted up and shared. :)

RedElf (author) from Canada on October 29, 2010:

Thanks, Gret-elle, er Enelle. It was monstrously good fun :D

Good for you, MythiliK. Congratulations on your nomination - now go promote your hub.

MythiliK from India --> Switzerland on October 29, 2010:

The moment I got the notification that my hub is selected for HubNugget, first thing I said was "Oh my GOD, am I dreaming?"

Thank you so much dear all :-)

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on October 29, 2010:

AWESOME hub!!! Loved the pictures :D

Read and voted and voted:D

RedElf (author) from Canada on October 29, 2010:

Thank you, kind sir De Greek - a pleasure, as always :D

Thanks Sci-Pi. I'm sure the recipe is in that stack of parchments - somewhere...

Thanks so much, Alternative Prime. Round-up hubs are great fun to write. We found a good crop again this week!

Alternative Prime from > California on October 29, 2010:

Excellent Nominees this week...As usual

Also, Awesome job on the Hub to present the Nominees...

Sci-Pi on October 29, 2010:

Read and voted, rated up and shared! Now to find that recipe for marvelous Plum Crumble before the party weekend takes hold...

De Greek from UK on October 29, 2010:

Yes, give me Plum Crumble and take my soul. :-)))

Well done Kid :-))

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