It’s day 31 of the #TopsyTurvyTVTour over on Instagram! (And the last day!) Yesterday Emily Swift and Tara Parker-Jones found something glowing in the park woods. Today Emily is running for her life in a corn maze. What happens? Here we go…
(This is a derivative work based on the TV program Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – episode October Country.)
Hickery Pickery, where shall this girl go? She’ll go east, she’ll go west, she’ll go to the crow’s nest. -Sabrina
Emily paused at the entrance of the corn maze. Jack promised to catch up. She chose a path and began to stroll. The fall day had grown cold.
Disappearing deeper into the maze, Emily followed a long row ending at a scarecrow. It was perched high off the ground, its arms stretched wide.
She swallowed. “Right. That’s not creepy.” The scarecrow wore a battered top hat and was dressed in a black leather jacket. A black hood was pulled over the scarecrow’s head, but two jagged slashes appeared where its eyes might’ve been. Emily peered up into the unseeing holes. They were dark.
“Hickery Pickery,” Emily whispered. “Which way to go?” She turned to her left. The path led her 20 feet, then turned left. Another 20 feet, another left. Another 20 feet found her back on the path leading to the scarecrow. She turned her head to look.
It was gone.
A hand wrapped around her mouth and yanked her backward into the corn stalks. Slamming her elbow into the attacker, she wrenched free and fled.
It – whatever it was – gave chase.
TL Brown knelt and jerked the scarecrow puppet across the floor – a twisted marionette on strings. A wicked smile lit up her face. “Show me what you can do, Sebastian.”
Emily raced ahead of the scarecrow, slipping on discarded shucks and cornsilk. She slid around a corner, escaping the monster’s grasping hand. Her arms pumped furiously as she ran.
WHOMP! A crash sounded from behind. Emily skidded to a stop, turning when she heard a man scream. Where was the scarecrow? She crept back the way she came. A low growl to her right startled her.
An orange cat sat on a flat leather jacket licking a paw. When it saw Emily, it rose, spinning prettily and shifting into a man. He put his finger to his lips. “Shh.” Then he pointed up. “She doesn’t know I’m here yet.”
“Flame.” He winked. “Meet me in the next series.”
… Today was the last day of the Topsy Turvy TV Tour! I hope you enjoyed it! Want to start from the beginning? Visit this link.
Readers – Not on Instagram?
That’s okay! I’ll be sharing my Instagram posts daily here on my blogsite AND daily on Facebook at Writer Tracy Brown so you can read them there, too. Make sure you check for a new story every day in October!
What I’ll be doing: I’ll be dropping Emily Swift and crew into a story, a scene, a situation, etc. matching the “TV show of the day” prompt from this challenge. In those posts you can read about Door to Door Paranormal Mystery Characters trying to make it through shows like: The X-Files, Scooby Doo, Bewitched, Stranger Things, Friends, The Twilight Zone, The Office, Law and Order, Miami Vice, Game of Thrones, The X-Factor – and many more!
If you ARE on Instagram, make sure you’re following me at https://www.instagram.com/WriterTracyBrown/ to see the posts there! But again, as long as you check out my blog list or my Writer Tracy Brown page every day, you can read all the short stories without Instagram. 🙂