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The Ceremony

Halloween Microfiction

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 5 months ago 1 min read
The Ceremony
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Blood poured down my face and drenched my naked form. It covered the symbols etched into my body, dripping onto the ground. Power engulfed me, even as pain ripped through my lower body. A scream tore from my throat. The flames surrounding me flared in response.

“Almost there,” the conductor of ceremonies encouraged me.

With another wave of pain, the demon was ejected from my loins. It wailed as the liquid of life was wiped from its frail body.

The conductor of ceremonies held it high above her head for all the witnesses to see.

“Behold, the fruit of our latest fertility spell,” she declared. “It is a boy!”




Note from the Author: The above was written based on #5 from Chloe Rose Violet’s “Writing Prompts for October”. To check them out and get inspired to write a piece of your own, follow the link below.


About the Creator

Stephanie Hoogstad

With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and ghost written for years with some published stories and poems of my own.

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  • Celia in Underland27 days ago

    Oh wow! This is phenomenal! And from what I've heard, not an entirely innaccurate description of the pain of childbirth! 🤍

  • Cathy holmes27 days ago

    Oh that was chilling. Really well done.

  • Zara Blume4 months ago

    Congratulations! This was true horror, and the brevity is a testament to your talent.

  • I cannot believe I did not see this one until now! This was an incredible piece of writing. Thank you for sharing this with me. :)

  • Naveed 5 months ago

    That was a wonderful piece of writing.

  • Hannah Moore5 months ago

    Very good, microfiction is such a skill to do well.

  • Alex H Mittelman 5 months ago

    Fantastic! Fertility spell was a great idea!

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