Writing Challenge Day 3: “Temporary Insanity” « Shoot Me Now

Shoot Me NowWriting Challenge Day 3: “Temporary Insanity”

Writing Challenge Day 3: “Temporary Insanity”
Published on Monday, February 3, 2014 by

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Call it a moment of temporary insanity.  Or one two many drinks during my daughter’s birthday sleepover.  No matter.   It won’t change what happened last night.

It began with Truth or Dare.  I stood outside the room eavesdropping on pre-teen banter.  There was nothing unusual coming from behind the door.  “Do you like Tommy Shields?”  “Make a prank phone call and act like you’re British.”

As a matter of fact, it wasn’t even unusual to hear the next dare.  “Go to the bathroom and call Bloody Mary.”  Whispers.  Nervous giggles.  A dozen scampering feet running towards the bathroom.

In the silence that followed, I realized I had forgotten to breathe.  It was only a moment before a heard the shriek.  Grabbing the door handle I began to turn, only stopping when I recognized the sound of hysterical laughter.  Breathing out, I let go of the door knob, chuckled and went to pour that final drink.

My bedtime didn’t come until the girls were finally asleep.  Once in my pajamas, I began to turn down the sheets and hesitated just a moment.  Straightening up, I glanced towards the bathroom door.  Smirking, I gathered my courage and headed to the powder room.

Biting my lip and squinting just a bit, I rummaged through my memories to find the correct steps.

how to call bloody mary

Turning off the light, I began without hesitation.  The words tumbled out of my mouth with ease.  “Bloody Mary.”  Dutifully, I spun once in a circle.  The second time I was surprised to feel my throat tighten.    “Bloody Mary.”  Feeling a tiny bit wobbly I nervously chuckled to myself and spun a second time.

Slightly avoiding direct eye contact with the mirror, I whispered the final chant… “Bloody Mary.”  Halfway through the last turn I remember thinking, “Did the girls know to spin three times?”

Finishing rotation number three I kept my eyes closed, hearing blood roaring through my ears.  I might not have held my breath if I’d known there were only a few respirations left in my forty year life.

Slamming my eyes open, my heart pounded out of my chest.  For there in front of me was Mary herself.  She was frozen in place, with blood flowing down her face and skin sliding off her long fingertips.

I didn’t feel the first slice of her nails down my face, nor the tiniest sensation as my eyeball slid out of it’s now empty socket. But I felt the second slice as pain seared towards the back of my brain.  Through the very marrow of my bones, actually.

No, the girls must not have known to spin three times.  But I knew.  In a single moment of temporary insanity, I showed the world I knew.

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  • Ron

    BRILLIANT, Katherine! This story was such a wonderful mixture of humor and suspense!

    Well done. WELL done!

  • Holy crap. Move over Stephen King.

  • MsDarkstar

    Holy Schmoley! What were you drinking?? (I want the recipe!)

  • Love this! The spinning is key!

  • Note to self, never mix drinking and chanting games. **shudders**

  • frankleemeidere

    Nice — nasty, but nice.

    It’s odd, I’ve been fighting superstition for most of my life. My wife and I even did a gig at the Toronto university in which she was introduced as a psychic and proceeded to convince audiences that it was true (with the aid of some magic and mentalism tricks I knew as a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians), only to be followed by a lecture I’d give showing that it was all a series of tricks.

    But if you ask me to say “Bloody Mary” in front of a mirror three times I’ll tell you, “Hell no!”

    • That is FASCINATING! I would have loved to see that! And as far as Bloody Mary goes, there is NO way I would do it… NO WAY AT ALL!

  • ReformingGeek

    Um…I wish Evil Twin hadn’t read this. She is getting all kinds of ideas. I’m going to go spin now.

  • MalisaHargrove

    You were drinking Bloody Mary’s last night, weren’t you? Way too many Boody Mary’s!

  • Wow! That was wild. I never knew about the Bloody Mary thing. Maybe it’s best. Also? Who on earth is Tommy Shields? God, I must be old.

  • *steps away from the computer*

    *runs the hell away from the computer!!!*

  • What an delightfully creepy romp! I never played Bloody Mary at slumber parties and I’m sure as hell not going to start now!

  • Wow! Sounds like fun. We just stole parents’ booze, got drunk and threw up.

  • You are so brave. Noooo, not about the conjuring up Bloody Mary…I am talking about having a bunch of teenage girls spend the night.

  • OHMAHGAH! I have the chills! And now I refuse to go to my bathroom for days!

  • KZ

    That was expertly written, Katherine. Suspenseful and chilling. Good stuff.

  • I honestly can say I have no clue what Bloody Mary is.

    On another note, I figured the temporary insanity was being the host of a pre-teen sleepover. You should be rewarded for taking on that role.

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