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The Warlock -- by Genna East and Mike Friedman

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Welcome to The Warlock, a flash fiction short written by Genna East and Mike Friedman (Mckbirdbks). We hope you enjoy the journey.

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Every child in the small town of Holcombe knew the story of Count Druiq, the Wicked Warlock of Halloween. Each year during All Hallows' Eve, he would take on human form and lie in wait behind bushes or in trees for any stragglers who walked alone in the darkness. Parents warned their children that if they tarried too long on their trick-or-treat walks throughout the neighborhood, the magic creature would scoop them up and fly them away to a hidden cave. They would never be seen again.

Druiq was not your average Warlock. He was barely five feet tall and more troll-like in appearance, with long, spindly fingers and claws, grizzled hair and a face riddled with pocks. Whenever he barred his large fangs, bats would crawl out of his mouth and perch on his shoulders, ready to pounce on anything warm-blooded that crossed their path.

The children were told never to speak of the Count. "Never say his name," they would whisper to each other as they walked the streets in Halloween twilight. "He'll hear you."

Kitty, dressed as a fairy princess, and her little brother, Jimmy, a pirate that sailed with Captain Jack, each carried a plastic pumpkin pail. Kitty, age seven, was in charge. She told her pirate companion about a shortcut through the cemetery that would get them more quickly to the homes of people who had plenty of treats.

They squeezed through the creaking gates of Holcombe's old cemetery, frightening some nearby birds. They had taken about fifty steps when Pirate Jimmy heard the gates screech in the distance. The words, "Always walk with friends you know,” echoed through his mind. Kitty thought of the treats that lay just up ahead; her brother kept looking back over his shoulder. Neither of them saw the dark figure lurking behind the large tombstone of the butcher's wife.

Hearing footsteps behind them, Jimmy reached bravely for his pirate's cutlass to protect his sister and fair damsel, Princess Kitty. A little boy dressed as Captain Leech -- a notorious pirate in his own time -- ran toward them and yelled, "Wait for me, please!" The child was breathless by the time he caught up to them. "Hello...my name is Calvin," he gasped. "Can I walk with you? It's too scary to be out here all by myself."

Smiling, Jimmy returned his plastic cutlass to its plastic scabbard. Kitty sighed in relief and nodded. "Of course," she replied. But you sure scared the heck out of us! Let's get moving."

The trio quickened their pace. They were nearing the far gate of the cemetery when a shadowy figure emerged from a thicket of hedges bordering the graveyard. Short and stocky with an abnormally rounded back, his aquiline skin set off a pair of hard, coal-black eyes.

The man squatted in front of the children and spread out his arms, blocking their exit from the cemetery. "Well...what have we here? A princess and two pirates. I have lots of candy -- buckets of the stuff -- for all of you. But it's in my car parked yonder down the street. I'll take you there," he said with a hiss.

As the stranger reached for Kitty, Jimmy pointed at him and screamed. "Druiq! It's Druiq!

Hearing Jimmy call his name brought Count Druiq back from his veil of disguise as the young Calvin. The boy dropped his large treat bag, scattering packets of candy corn, cookies and chocolates all over the ground. The Warlock's transformation was quick and terrifying. Within seconds, Calvin's body had swelled into the troll-like creature, tearing the pirate costume he wore into shreds. Huge wings with bird-like talons sprouted from his shoulder blades.

The man's voice rose to a blood curdling yell as a glowering Druiq grabbed the human predator by his throat. Kitty and Jimmy started to run, then turned to see the Count lift the stranger into the air as if he weighed no more than a doll. They watched the pair fly upward toward the shining moon and disappear from sight.

Shaken, they both promised never to tell another soul what had happened. "Pinkie swear,” Kitty told her brother. “No one would believe us anyway.” She knelt down and started to sort through the treats Calvin had left behind for them.

"What are you doing?" asked Jimmy.

"Now, Jim...everybody knows the Count doesn't eat candy. He has his treat," she replied, glancing up at the sky. "And we have our ours."

They gathered the piles of goodies, stuffed them into their pumpkin pails, and ran home as fast as they could.

Count Druiq had already reached his cave quarters in a hillside on the outskirts of Holcombe. His beloved pets, two giant Black Widow spiders, were not hungry. Druiq watched as they began to spin their fresh food into a silk cocoon they would eat later.


Happy Halloween, everyone!

Genna and Mike




© Written and copyrighted by Genna Eastman and Mike Friedman. All rights reserved.

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Comments

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 20, 2020:

Hello Fawzan...

On behalf of both Mike and myself, we appreciate the visit and comment. We had fun writing this, and I couldn't ask for a better writing partner than Mike Friedman.

Fawzan Studio from Sweet Home on June 09, 2020:

I must admit that you are a creative fiction writer . The vivid description of the characters and how you brought the story to real life scenario , is an exception . Very special Genna . Keep up the spirit .

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 07, 2020:

Thank you, Rajan. Mike and I had fun writing this.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 05, 2020:

Great storytelling.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on April 10, 2020:

Hi Tim. Many thanks. :-) Mike is a wonderful writing partner. Enjoy this special weekend, and please stay safe.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on April 10, 2020:

Superb. Loved it, Genna and Mike. Scary but fun. May you have a peaceful holiday and stay safe.

Genna East on March 11, 2020:

Hello Eiddwen...

And how glad we all are that you returned! :-) Thank you for those encouraging words. We enjoyed writing this as a team, and appreciate the response and comments this fun story has received. Good to see you!

Eiddwen from Wales on March 07, 2020:

Oh how I enjoyed this treat and so well written by two great writers. How could it go wrong??? How glad am I that I came back to you all on here.

Genna East on February 26, 2020:

Hi Peggy...

Thank you! This was such fun to write...especially with Mike as co-author. Hey Mike...good to see you!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 25, 2020:

Hello Peggy W. Thanks for the Wow! That is much appreciated. I am sure Genna will be by soon to thank you also. Funny, I am toying with another Halloween story right now. Never too early.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 24, 2020:

Wow! Now THAT is a scary Halloween story! Good collaboration from the two of you.

Genna East on February 05, 2020:

Thank you, Devika. We are pleased you enjoyed this flash fiction short. :-)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 29, 2020:

A great story and well put together by two wonderful people

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 28, 2020:

Hi Nithya...

Many thanks...Mike and I had fun with this one. :-)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 27, 2020:

A thrilling, scary story. I am happy that they went home safe. Whew! What a relief.

Genna East on January 04, 2020:

Hi Nell. Mike and I both appreciate your visit and fun comments. Happy New Year!

Nell Rose from England on January 02, 2020:

Oh, creepy! lol! I loved this, Happy New Year Genna!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 01, 2020:

Happy New Year, Mike, and everyone!

And thanks, Verlie, for the visit and comments. You can never be late. :-) We had fun writing this one.

Suzie from Carson City on December 30, 2019:

Glad you popped your head in, Mike! I was about to go about seeing if all was "OK" with you! Ya can't hide on me, Mr. McBird!!! I'm relentless!

Thanks for the response Genna!!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on December 30, 2019:

Happy New Year Genna and Mike! Good to see this collaboration of talent, in a twisted tale for Halloween (okay okay I'm late). Spooky indeed!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 30, 2019:

Hi Bill. Hi Paula. Hi Genna. Happy New Year to you all.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 30, 2019:

Hello Paula. What a glowing comment -- thank you. I think Mike is on an HP hiatus for awhile. We all miss him and I'm sure he will return soon. So good to see you. Have a Happy and Joyous New Year!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 30, 2019:

Thank you, Bill. Your friendship is one that both Mike and I treasure. Happy New Year to you as well! :-)

Suzie from Carson City on December 29, 2019:

Genna & Mike...."The Dynamic Duo of Flash Fiction!" Spooky & terrific Tale! Not only am I late for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas too! But if I scurry quickly now, I've made it in time to wish you both & your loved ones as well.......

A very very "Happy & Healthy, Prosperous New Year!"

Best Wishes! Paula

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 29, 2019:

I already commented on this, but thought I would pop by to wish you a brilliantly-Happy New Year! May your story be a happy one in 2020 and beyond. Thank you for your friendship.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 14, 2019:

Oh gosh -- I'm so sorry I'm late, Chris. But I've been on HP hiatus for the past few weeks. Coming from one of my favorite writers, your comments are special indeed! Thank you. :-)

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 26, 2019:

NIcely done, you two. This is another great story by two awesome storytellers. I'll admit, you caught me on my heels with appearance of Druiq as the little boy. All predators of children should suffer the same fate.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 30, 2019:

Happy Halloween, Mark. I couldn't ask for a better writing partner than Mike -- he is so talented. Glad to hear this tale put you in the mood. Thank you. Jimmy, Kitty, Mike and I couldn't ask for more. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 30, 2019:

Hello Nikki. Thank you. We had fun with this collaboration. Happy Halloween.

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on October 29, 2019:

A cool scary tale that's well put together. Thanks for getting me in the mood for Halloween, Genna.

Nikki Khan from London on October 28, 2019:

What a great Halloween story, we all got our treats. Well done, Genna and Mike. Good to read a wonderful collaborative writing.

Happy Halloween!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 25, 2019:

Hi Shauna. Thanks so much for the kind words. We didn't know if people would guess Calvin's true identity. And you are so right about the man deserving what he got. (I'm with you in that I hate those creepy crawlers -- spiders -- Ugh!) The final paragraph was Mike's, and it's my favorite. The stranger's intentions were dark indeed. Happy Halloween.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 24, 2019:

Genna and Mike, this is a brilliant collaboration. Your descriptions were so vivid that I could see the children cutting through the field in eerie darkness. I kind of had a feeling that Calvin was actually the Count, but had no idea he would actually do a good deed by snatching up the boogeyman that was preying on the kids.

To me there's nothing creepier than big spiders. Giant black widows? The thought makes me shudder! But the bad man got what he deserved.

Trick or treat!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 21, 2019:

Hi Peg. Thank you. That was the twist...I think everyone was expecting the stranger to be the Warlock; we hoped to surprise with a bit of a trick at the end. Nevertheless, the stranger (the human predator) got his "just desserts"...and Kitty and Jimmy got their treats. Good to see you.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 21, 2019:

Hello Linda...

Thank you. I have to echo Mike's comments... "Plastic pumpkin pails soon to be filled to overflowing for princesses and pirates alike." Halloween starts off the holiday season with fun, treats, or tricks; and it will soon be upon us. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 21, 2019:

Hi Doris. We aim to please. :-) Thank you!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 21, 2019:

Hello Peg - Thanks for that 'perfectly spooky' - yes, it is the time of the season and both Genna and I wanted to contribute. It has been some time since I made an appearance on Hubpages. A Halloween story fit well with me.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 21, 2019:

Perfectly spooky story for the season. Loved the characters and the unexpected ending to the legend of The Warlock. Great collaboration, you two!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 21, 2019:

Hi Pamela; Happy Halloween! I've always disliked cemeteries; but they and Hallow's Eve provide the perfect backdrop for Halloween stories. Thank you.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 21, 2019:

Hello Ioannis; thanks so much for that thoughtful comment. Halloween provides a wonderful canvass to create such tales. Mike and I are pleased that you enjoyed the read.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 21, 2019:

Hi Ruby; thanks so much for the visit. Halloween gets the credit for this spooky tale, which was written in the spirit of fun and what goes "bump in the night." The stranger was really what the Warlock was after, "stragglers who walked alone in the darkness," and rightly so. Hugs, dear friend.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello Linda - Thanks. Halloween approaches. We just joined in the fun with this spooky little presentation. Plastic pumpkin pails soon to be filled to overflowing for princesses and pirates alike.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello Doris James - Both Genna and I had a few smiles putting this light and breezy tale together. Thanks for the comment. Happy Halloween.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 20, 2019:

It was very enjoyable to read a story created by both of you again. It's a great tale for Halloween!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 20, 2019:

Good work, what a treat from both of you. No tricks.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello Genna - While I am here, thanks for the invitation. This writing exercise was fun. My writing fingers have been a bit rusty. It is a pleasure to be your writing partner. You certainly make my writing better.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello Pamela - Thanks for joining in the fun. Yes it is always a good rule of thumb to avoid cemeteries. There is just something about them. Happy Halloween.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello Sean - Halloween is a nice setting for a little bit of spooky fun. The kids here in the States love this holiday. Many grown ups join in the costume fun.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello Ruby - Yes, this was a treat on many levels. It was a fun afternoon, walking through the cemetery wondering just what was going to happen next.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 20, 2019:

The description of the count could not have been more frightful. This story was written in a masterful style and I will surely avoid cemeteries. This is perfect timing for Halloween.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on October 20, 2019:

Excellent atmosphere, a dash of dark humour and a rightful end! Great job! Thank you both for the amusement.

Blessings from Greece!

Sean

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 20, 2019:

This was a ' Treat ' to read. Tis the season to write scary and your story-line filled the bill. Good to see you both writing.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 20, 2019:

Hi Maria; it's always a treat to have you visit. This was fun to write, and we appreciate everyone's kind comments. Hugs.

Hi Flourish; thank you! Mike is a treat to work with. He keeps me on my toes. :-)

Hi Bill; we appreciate those kind words. Mike is a terrific writer and improves my writing as well.

Hello Ann; what a nice comment -- thank you! We spun this flash fiction out pretty quickly. Good to see you.

Mike; thanks again for partnering with me again. You are the ideal co-author, no matter the genre. Hugs, dear friend.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 20, 2019:

Just seen that I made a typing error - sorry Genna!

There were elements of both and it was certainly a treat of a read.

Ann

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello Ann - Nice that the tradition continues. Here in this neighborhood some people decorate, but there are few kids - the people in the houses sit and eat the candy while waiting for pirates and princesses alike to arrive. Glad you stopped by for a read - you decide if it was a trick or a treat.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello Bill - Writing on a Saturday afternoon was a good distraction. Perhaps just what I needed. The piece is light and breezy. Captain Jack (and Leech) would be proud. Genna is a perfect writing partner.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 20, 2019:

Great story! I certainly won't be frequenting any cemeteries. Too scary!

My grandchildren enjoy dressing up and going round their close neighbours and cousins' houses. It wasn't a thing in Britain when I was young so it's not something I get excited about. Your story, however, is another thing; super!

You write well together, Gonna and Mike.

Ann

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 20, 2019:

It's good to see something new by you two, a timely piece to get the heart pumping this Halloween season. Well done you two!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello FlourishAnyway - Thank you. Genna always makes my writing better. It is a treat to work with her. Happy Halloween

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello Maria - This was an unexpected tale as it were. Thanks for the subtle spell check. The story came together during the course of an afternoon. Genna, Count Druiq, and myself thank you for stopping by.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 20, 2019:

Hello John - I appreciate your comment. Genna invited me to join in the fun of a Halloween spooky write. It was put together quickly and provided me with some smiles.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 19, 2019:

Excellent collaboration and very spooky! You two work well together!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 19, 2019:

What a treat to see two of my favorite writers spin this spooky, sinister yet sweet story.

Happy Halloween to you both!

Hugs, mar

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 19, 2019:

Thank you, John. Mike is such a talented writer and a pleasure to work with. We spun this one out rather quickly. It was fun to write.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 19, 2019:

I love this, very creepy stuff, with a somewhat “happy” ending, if that’s the right word. Good work Genna and Mike. Your collaborations are always a treat.