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The Fridge

Dinner is waiting!

By Lamar WigginsPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 3 min read
Top Story - October 2023
Bing AI

Written for the Paul Stewart’s “Unnerve, Unsettle and Scare me” Challenge. Find all the details below.


They always keep it cold down there, much colder than the other rooms. In the strange event that you die of your own volition, the meat will stay fresh. Constant shivering is there to keep you company. It generates very little body heat but let’s you know that your fading pulse has survived another frigid night.

You see thick blood as it slowly drips from the ceiling and oozes out the edges to stain the walls with permanent red lines, marking a sadistic history. You can’t imagine how much is spilled up there to allow it to seep through; blood coagulates.

You’ve become desensitized to all the screams and pleas for mercy. Your ears learn to tune it out. It's tiresome. The daily routine changes, depending on the demands for sustenance. You accept that your turn is quickly coming. No one ever lasts too long down there.

The senseless crimes and petty theft you’ve committed are all your fault, you own it, but have done nothing cruel enough to deserve the fate of what’s behind this twisted, revolving door of misguided souls.

The judicial system is long gone, it may never return. It simply could not sustain itself after the government was overthrown. Local police are allowed to do whatever they want to you. Just keep the criminals off the street, they are told. This is far worse than any of the penitentiaries that used to exist.

An inhumane death sentence awaits you, with no date set for execution. Its agonizing wallowing in self-pity, reflecting on what life meant to you, what could have been…should have been. It’s far too late for any of that. You and the others are disposable, deemed useless to function in what's left of society.

You hear sirens blaring. They are getting closer. This always agitates you. You know the doors will be opening soon and more fresh meat will be added.

“Afternoon Frank! How many you got today?”

“Only two, been a slow week.”

“That’s okay, we still have a half dozen in the fridge. But you know the holidays are coming up. Are we are going to be able to meet the demands?”

“Yeah yeah yeah, don’t worry. Just keep those knives sharpened.”

You can hear the heinous laughter up there in the butcher shop. It swirls and echoes in your thoughts like a deranged psychopath trapped in the headspace of your mind. These crooked men enjoy their job a little too much.

Life is on the utter brink of dystopia. There are no such things as cows or livestock anymore. Oceans remain polluted, fresh fish is a rarity. Criminals are the new beef. They sell the flesh in butcher shops across the states.

The door opens... All you see is a tall shadow of a male, wearing a blood-stained apron. He tosses two more warm bodies to the cold floor. You will break the news to them like the ones before. Is this justifiable murder or an insane sport devised by crooked cops in search a quick buck or their next meal? It doesn't even matter. No one is going to prosecute them for their ungodly solution to feed the masses. You are no more guilty than they are. After all, we are what we eat!

Bing AI

Happy Halloween!

A/N: Thanks Paul. I've never been this freaked out by something I wrote, lol.

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Lamar Wiggins

Creative writer in the Northeast US who loves the paranormal, fiction, mystery, articles and the occasional poem. Take a chance, you'll be thoroughly entertained.

"Life is Love Experienced" -LW


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  • Sara Wilson24 days ago

    So so good! And sooooo gross lol. Nice work!!

  • Tiffany Gordon 29 days ago

    Phenomenal work Lamar! Take a bow! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    Great and horrible story!

  • Savannah Martinez-Uhlerabout a month ago

    Great concept! Would love to see this in a longer format.

  • Can you really say that your petty crimes & theft are all your fault when the government/judicial system are so dysfunctional & law enforcement (meaning whatever they choose the law to be in any given moment) is given free reign to keep some sense of safety (for those to whom they choose to grant it) & supply meet for their tables? Of course, there is already plenty of caprice & lack of accountability in place already for the powers that be, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this seems somewhat chillingly familiar.

  • JBazabout a month ago

    oh I do like this one a lot. such a beautiful start and smooth transition to the reveal. what a gruesome thought yet.... Congratulations

  • Zara Blumeabout a month ago

    MmMm, this made me hungry. 🥩 Kidding. Kind of. Cannibalism has existed from the beginning of time, and always will. That’s what makes your tale all the more creepy. As someone who has lived in dangerous neighborhoods, I have a hard time feeling sorry for criminals. Loved your ‘chilling’ story.

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    Wow, Lamar! The imagery in this is spectacular and the story is amazing! Congratulations!

  • StoryholicFindsabout a month ago

    love it! congrats! ❤️

  • Judey Kalchik about a month ago

    1: I am glad Halloween is over, because these stories are just chilling. (no reference to your story setting was meant, but it happened anyways) 2: Yours is the most unsettling of all of them 3: masterful and OMG illustration you made to go with it.

  • Abdullahabout a month ago

    Omg! It was great i amazed after reading this article

  • Gerald Holmesabout a month ago

    OMG!! Now this is a true horror story. Very well done. Congrats on an excellent Top Story.

  • Shirsendu Chakmaabout a month ago

    wow, this was an great story. Congratulation..... if any one read my story please join me

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Yay! So glad, congrats buddy. This is deserving of Top Story!

  • Mariann Carrollabout a month ago

    Wow, this was an great horror story for sure . Great Challenge !!!!Congrats on Top Story 👏👏👏👏👏🏆

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaahha I laughed at so many parts! This was so dark and delicious! I love what the cops are doing to criminals! I support this 100%. I hope I can get some free meat if I bring them bodies 🤣 Congratulations on your Top Story!

  • Kamilabout a month ago


  • Naveedabout a month ago

    Congratulations on achieving top story status!

  • lovel cuteabout a month ago

    wow great content

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  • Rachel Deemingabout a month ago

    Yuck. This is definitely creepy. Congrats on TS.

  • Kendall Defoe about a month ago

    Well, I have just gone vegan... Thank you, Lamar!

  • Raymond G. Taylorabout a month ago

    Unnerves, unsettles and scares me just reading the title and seeing the featured image. Congrats on the TS. I will read the story when I am in the house alone one night. Yikes!

  • Kageno Hoshinoabout a month ago

    Amazing writing

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