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Happy Halloween! Halloween is approaching, we thought it would be fun to write about it. A picture prompt is given below. Use it to tell a Halloween story.

The rules are simple:

  • Write a story, complete in itself.
  • Check spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Copy and paste your Story URL to the inLinkz list.
  • The story should be up to 250 words.
  • Add this line < #TellTaleThursday with Anshu & Priya > at the end of the post.
  • Read, comment and share – spread the love.

Use the picture prompt given below-



The Red Lipstick

“The three girls eyeing us, not so surreptitiously.” Vibhor sings and nudges his friend, Ravi.  “3 o’clock”.

“The way they look at us, I bet they are talking about us. I like the blue one. However, she seems more like a wing woman. Besides, I notice she is wearing a ring. The one with the red mask seems friendly. I like her smile, Duchenne smile. It reaches her eyes. Dibs!” Vibhor whispers to his friend Ravi.

Ravi responds, “But do you see the one in the middle, wearing pearls, seems to hold a secret. She is different than the others. Her smile is a little forced, she is trying hard to please others. Maybe, she is just plain embarrassed by her over-enthusiastic friends trying to set her up. Her eyes are hypnotic. She is Carla, she says.”

Vibor snatches the glass from Ravi’s hands, and declares, “You are drunk!”. Ravi doesn’t respond and goes directly to the girls. Vibhor chugs the drink and follows Ravi.

After a while, the five youngsters leave the bar. Smacking her lips, Carla says. “Finally, I will have that red lipstick.”

Putting hands over her lips to hide her fangs, she adds, “Halloween is the best time of the year!”


  1. What a twist in the end! Who could have said who they were!! A few boys trying their luck with girls and see where it has landed them.

    • Priya says:

      Yeah.. True.
      I didn’t want the story to be from the girls’ perspective. The middle one wasn’t wearing any lipstick… So I had to get her one😉
      Thank you, Anshu

  2. Amazing twist at the end, poor guy I feel pity for him. He is gonna be someone’s midnight brunch or morning breakfast. I always loved vampire stories… superb story Priya.

  3. Aesha says:

    Wow, this one is tough for me to write on. But how do you do it Priya? What a twist to the story. Super.

    • Priya says:

      Sometimes stories just come, sometimes have to try. But what works for me is just sit and write. It sometimes is incoherent but then eventually an idea sparks. If it doesn’t, I don’t try hard, I take a break. A listen to music or read. That works, most of the time.
      Thank you for your kind words, Aesha.

  4. Abhijit Ray says:

    Nice story with a great twist. Yes Halloween is the best time of the year, if you are a vampire.

  5. geekanika says:

    ‘That Red Lipstick” indeed. Awesome story Priya.

  6. Dashy says:

    Aha, interesting tale. Nice read. 🙂

  7. writenlive says:

    I liked the ending very much. True horror on Halloween!

  8. Dr.Amrita says:

    This was scary and a good one.Loved how the ending gave me a surprise.

  9. Akshata Ram says:

    Not the good vampire like Edward Cullen? Pity the guys

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  11. A neat little flash 😊

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  13. Parul Thakur says:

    That’s a fun twist. Good one there!

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