Demon from the tree

Dead tree outside church

Copyright: Claire Fuller

As the sun began to set, Father Mitchell stood outside the old church, contemplating the tale of a dark spirit imprisoned in a tree long before the first brick was laid.  The tree itself was now limbless and rotting; a tragic sight.

He looked up as he heard something skitter across the slates on the church roof…nothing.

He turned back to the tree…

…gasped as a multitude of sharp claws punctured his torso; eyes widened as he looked down and saw chitinous black scales, compound eyes, and a pair of barbed mandibles which were ripping his intestines from his abdomen.


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31 Responses to Demon from the tree

  1. JKBradley says:

    Tastes like chicken?

  2. Was it something he said? Scary!!!

  3. Wow, that turned Lovecraftian pretty quick. He should have watered that tree more, I guess.

  4. mtdecker says:

    Any time you can use chitinous in a sentence is a good time indeed! Well done!

  5. claireful says:

    I had to look up chitinous – great word. A fantastically scary story.

  6. Eek! Scary! I do enjoy a frightful tale…:)

  7. unspywriter says:

    Oh, oh, this was sooooo good. Silly priest, not paying attention. Good use of the prompt and nice and creepy.

    Here’s mine:

  8. jwdwrites says:

    Now you are talking! This prompt was just crying out for something demonic. Chitinous hmm? must look that up I do love learning a new word. 🙂

  9. Time for a very quick prayer. I looked up the ch word. Clever use of it.

  10. Jacey Faye says:

    Love the way the first and last paragraphs mirror one another, with the limbless and rotting tree and the intestine-less and bleeding priest…nicely done, and your description of that creature is incredibly creepy!

  11. Oh that one other way to see the tree…

  12. pattisj says:

    All of a sudden, I’m not hungry any more. You got right to the point!

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