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By Roy StevensPublished 5 months ago 1 min read
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Jason laughed. Ever since Theresa had stood herself up, she’d been inordinately proud. Now that she was starting to walk, she didn’t miss a chance to show off. When she tripped over the fire log sitting strangely by itself beside her sandbox Jason couldn’t help laughing at her startled expression.

He picked up his crying daughter and the log. Before taking Theresa back inside he dumped the wood back on the little stack by the fence.

Jason continued laughing, carrying Terry into the house. From the wood pile a malignant cackle followed him.


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Roy Stevens

Just one bad apple can spoil a beautiful basket. The toxins seep throughout and...

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  • Jay Kantor5 months ago

    Hi Roy ~ Whoops you've done it again ~ Toddler-Training-Wheels may be worth stepping into! Jay Kantor, Chatsworth, California 'Senior' Vocal Author - Vocal Author Community -

  • Donna Fox5 months ago

    This was good! I feel like it would make a great opening scene for a bigger story! So short but with such a big twist, great work Roy!

  • Lol, I did not see that coming! That was awesomeeee!

  • Oooo. And there I was wondering just how that log managed to get to where it could trip her up. Maniacal little thing.

  • Abby Kay Mendonca5 months ago

    🪵 yeah creepy, no thanks!

  • Cathy holmes5 months ago

    Great story. That last line is chilling. Well done. I'm a little stumped on the title. Is it a different language for the subtitle?

  • Great story❗

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