FICTION | HORROR | DRABBLE | RANDOM WORD

No Time for Marshmallows

Stephen Dalton
Fiction Shorts
3 min readJun 18, 2024

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Fiction Shorts Drabble Word of the Day is blast, and the assigned genre is horror— Move over Stephen King. Day #168

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A drabble is a 100-word fictional story, it must contain the who, what, when, why, and/or how. I like what the Fictions Shorts editing team is doing this month. They’re throwing in a twist, so you have to read or listen to the assignment, which for today is horror. Move over Stephen King.

My brother Mark and I skipped school to check out a burned-out, boarded-up house.

There’s nothing creepier than a burnt house as a kid. You’re wondering who might have died there. What family destroyed — now living in the park.

We went into what must have been the living room. The older boy was pouring gas onto a pile of wood. He walked back with the gas can dripping, calmly sat down, pulled his brother to him, and lit the match.

My brother and I heard the blast as we were plowing through the plywood “door” without opening it.

For this drabble, the random word to build the story around is “blast,” and the assigned genre is horror.

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Stephen Dalton
Fiction Shorts

Stephen Dalton is a retired US Army First Sergeant with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Top Writer in Investing, Business, & Bitcoin!