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Charades of the soul.

By Lamar WigginsPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - October 2023
Photo by ali barzegarahmadi on Unsplash

Written for the Heather Hubler Write me a letter Challenge. Find all the details, below.


My dearest Heather,

Just thought you should know I still haven't decided what I’m going to be for Halloween... I can hear you gasping from here. It's okay, I’ll figure it out. I know how important it is to us, tradition and all... It's the only calendar day where I can be anything I want and mingle amongst the world of prying eyes without a care in my bones. Disappearing under the ruse of a costume or piling on layers of makeup is something I look forward to.

Do you remember a few years back when you dressed up as Ariel from The Little Mermaid for the annual Halloween office party? You wore an elegant a red wig that stopped co-workers in their tracks to admire your swagger to the punch bowl. Soon after, I suggested you dye your hair red; it looked good on you! You laughed of course and said if God wanted me to have red hair, my parents would have been Irish. You were always the witty one... What you said about God though, haunts me till this day. I'm quick to read between the lines.

This year feels different. I have grown both mentally and spiritually. I now look at life through the eyes of a patron saint. No, I’m not born-again but perspectives change over time. Dreams once abandoned, have been rekindled. They tug at my thoughts until I give them the attention they deserve.

I always look forward to our tradition, but sadly I must confess… I will not be attending the party this year. I apologize for breaking our exciting streak of creative collaborations. This year, I just want to be myself. Together with all my flaws and idiosyncrasies, with all my attitudes toward petty differences, all my phobias and my blatant hatred of oysters, everyone can take it or leave it. Is this newly found confidence advantageous? Yes, it is... Wait! What am I thinking? I can't miss all the festivities including Robert who wears that lame-ass Peter Pan costume every year and Samantha who thinks her different accents are funny. Forget everything I just said! My epiphanies are short lived these days. I can still be myself while pretending to be a blood-thirsty vampire, or a mindless zombie in search of brains. Maybe this year I'll ironically go as the Joker, you know, the one from the batman movies. Sorry for the scare. It’s only one day a year, plus I don’t think I could handle you rubbing all the juicy details in my face. So, I guess I need to start working on my costume. Please bring more of those brownies you brought last year. They were a hit with everyone. Whatever kind of love you put into them gave everyone the giggles. Throw in a few extra for me to take home. Thank you! See you soon, sunshine!

Your bff

Frank N. Stein

PS: How’s the novel coming along?


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Lamar Wiggins

Creative writer in the Northeast US who loves the paranormal, mystery, true crime, horror, humor, fantasy and poetry. Take a chance, you'll be thoroughly entertained.

"Life is Love Experienced" -LW


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  • Veronica Coldiron4 months ago

    This was such a creative letter! I got excited about seeing all the costumes! LOL! You put a lot of thought into this!! How awesome!!!

  • Sounds like a great party!

  • Mattie :)4 months ago

    Awesome! Really hits the point of Halloween and having a spooky good time with your friends. Great post, friend!

  • LC Minniti4 months ago

    This was engaging and fun! Good job!

  • PK Colleran4 months ago

    Creative and fun! 🎃

  • Gerald Holmes4 months ago

    Loved this. A very creative approach. Congrats on Top Story

  • Maria4 months ago

    Very good

  • Naveed 4 months ago

    Congratulations on achieving top story status!

  • Kelly Sibley 4 months ago

    Very well done, and congratulations!

  • Awesome 💙👀👍 I want those Brownies 😁😮💯✌️💭 Congratulations on your Top Story, Bro🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • k eleanor4 months ago

    Well, that was a really nice read, love it! 🤣🤣🤣 and congratulations ♥️🥳

  • Alex H Mittelman 4 months ago

    Love it!

  • Ward Norcutt4 months ago

    congratulations on your top story.

  • Donna Renee4 months ago

    I was afraid to read this at first but I’m glad I did 🤣🤣🤣🤣 love it!

  • Dana Stewart4 months ago

    Creative approach - and I concur, just be yourself. Congrats Lamar!

  • Raymond G. Taylor4 months ago

    Compelling read as always Lamar. Congratulations on another deserved TS

  • JBaz4 months ago

    Clever and cute. And what a great sign off. Congratulations

  • Matthew Fromm4 months ago

    Congrats on the top sir!

  • Real Poetic4 months ago

    You have successfully spooked me but I couldn’t stop reading. Your writing is so compelling. Well-done.

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Congrats on the TS

  • Tiffany Gordon 4 months ago

    This was gorgeous, witty and brilliant Lamar! Great job!

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    Ahhh, this was so great!! I expected nothing less from you, Lamar :) It was short, sweet, creative and full of clever humor. I loved it!! PS I'm having fun world building right now! Decisions, decisions... PPS I haven't picked out my costume yet either!

  • Hahahahahhahahaha I loved how quickly you changed your mind from not going to going! I'm always like that, so fickle minded when it comes to going somewhere 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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  • Shirley Belk4 months ago

    Lamar, I LOVED this. Super good!!!!

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