31 Days of Shocktober Drabbles: Mary Janes Are Candy, Too

Randee Dawn
Oct 22 · 1 min read
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“Trick or treat!”

Not a request — a demand with one expected outcome.

Not at my home. “Which would you actually like?” I ask.

“Treat!” And they receive chocolate that tastes like sand and sour milk.

Rarely, one stands defiant. A rebellious princess, a bespectacled scientist. She fixes me with a gaze of great daring: “Trick.”

My heart soars. For her I whip up charms, spells, hexes. “Save this for your most dire moment,” I say, handing over a warped piece of hard yellow candy.

“What’s it for?”

I never answer. I close the door. She’ll find out.

They always do.

Day 22 of 31: 100-word Drabbles

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