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The Re-occurrence

A little flash horror for horror fanatics in a hurry.

By E.A. WilcoxPublished 12 days ago 3 min read
Top Story - September 2023
The  Re-occurrence
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Somewhere in the dark, there is a figure that stands tall, motionless, quiet. Yet, in the midst of its presence is a re-occurrence. A deeply dreaful re-occurrence.

"Taylor? Is that you!"


"Okay, okay, good. Come with me this way." Penny grabbed Taylor’s arm and began to lead him to where she believed the exit was. Their breathing was heavy, bodies tired — exhausted.

Penny’s breathing grew heavier.

"Penny? You alright?"

Her breathing into heaving into growling. Taylor’s breathing into heaving into screaming.

The dead of Night swallowed them both whole. Nothing left but cold.

A dark figure stood at the mouth of it all.



The bell rang, unleashing Ms. Temah's students. Everything seemed to fly around the classroom in a hurry to go home. Ms. Temah, shouting over the slamming books and the clamour of students, reminded them of their assignment that week.

“Two. Thousand. Words. People!”

The classroom was empty and clear as if nothing had occurred that day. Ms. Temah sat in her chair with the weight of the world on her chest. She looked out the window, and all she could see were the same black clouds she had seen five years previously.

Dread sunk her heart down into her gut.

The dead of night. A voice buzzed within her. Her entire body turned to goosebumps. She tried to shake it off her shoulders, but it wouldn’t shake.

“Ms. Temah?” A small lanky boy from her class stood awkwardly at her desk.

“YES?!” She jolted from her daymare.

“S-s-s-orry, I didn’t mean to startle you. I know it’s after school hours, but I just wanted to ask you a quick question.”

Sweat leaked from Ms. Temah’s pores.

Dead of Night. Dead of night. DEAD OF NIGHT. Louder and louder, it came from the back of her head to the front and out of her mouth like pungent bile.

“The Dead of Night!! It’s here! It’s here!!”

Heavy breathing turned into heaving, into growling.

That poor student stood breathing, then heaving, then screaming.

The dead of Night swallowed them whole.

On the other side of the classroom door stood a figure, dark and alone.


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Author's Note

As a kid, I really loved R.L. Stine, Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, Adobe Angels, and so much more. This story was a homage to some of the tales my friends and I would tell each other around Halloween time.

We would always see how we could one-up each other with creepiness. One of our friends got our whole class to believe that a ghost haunted the bathroom near the principal's office (it was the only bathroom that seemed to have squeaky pipes).

Fun Fact: During the editing of this story, I nearly jumped straight out of my desk chair to the sound of my neighbour coming home from work. Needless to say, I was invested in this one. Hope you enjoyed it!

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  • RM Stockton8 days ago

    This was such a good story. It left me wanting to read more! Well done!

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  • Donna Renee9 days ago

    eeek! This was a great micro horror!😁 so funny that your neighbor gave you an accidental jump scare haha

  • Naveed10 days ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!!!♥️♥️💕

  • Paul Stewart10 days ago

    So, this was an easy subscribe! This was a great little horror micro! I love the whole uncertainty of everything and that it ends without any real resolution! Love open-ended stories like that! Congrats on Top Story!

  • Congrats on TS! I told you your story was good!

  • Matthew Fromm10 days ago

    definitely got the goosebumps vibes from this, curse those books for making me love reading and also keeping me up at night haha

  • Omggggg! Penny is Ms Temah! I did not see that coming! That was brilliant! R L Stine was my doorway into horror. I started reading the Goosebumps series when I was 10. Read a lot of his other series too, like Fear Street.

  • Very eldritch! Loved this! I like your horror writing style!!!! 💚💚🖤♥️💛💙🤎🩵🩶❤️💜🩷🤍🧡 I think you’d love my newest horror, the whispering couch! I think! 💕

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