This October, here’s an entry for the Official Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy!
This competition is hosted by the talented Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez. Her blog, Math is Everywhere, follows her own writing journey and offers plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow authors.
The competition asked writers to select one image (see mine below) to inspire a 200-word story.
Thanks to Sara (@safajarwrites), a brilliant picture book author in my local writers group, for sharing this opportunity! I usually aim to scare adults… but kids love to be spooked too, right?
THE FRAGILITY OF GLASS
Etta’s grandmother left her Blackmoor Estate with only two instructions: “Leave it to rot. And leave the mirrors in place.” Etta promptly moved in. By evening, all seventy-four mirrors had been removed. All but one: a behemoth looking glass bolted to the ballroom’s wall.
Wind growled out the cold fireplace. Etta sniffed at the dank air. The crazed matriarch used to sit here for hours, muttering about—THUNK.
Etta jumped. An envelope fluttered free of the mirror’s golden frame. The letter inside bore familiar cursive…
My dearest Ettastine,
You must think me quite mad.
But I have entombed myself
within Blackmoor Estate
only to protect our bloodline.
We are hunted, dear Etta.
Some seventy eldritch creatures,
craving Blackmoor blood, nurse
upon the sinister energies
of these grounds—at great cost,
I’ve snared them within mirrors.
But should you be reading this,
I am dead. And you, stubborn girl,
have returned to Blackmoor.
I hope, at least, that you have heeded
my warning to retain the mirrors,
each a cage kept locked
by virtue of precise position.
If you have not, I only pray
the last great mirror remains
that you may have time to run.