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A Distant Howl

PumpkinThere it went again, kind of a distant howl.

She’d told Scott about it the last two times he’d left her alone.  Normally, Carrie didn’t mind being alone, even welcomed the solitude that the east Chula Vista countryside afforded.

She and Scott had only been married since mid-September, exactly a month after VJ Day.  Though they had lived in the small, south county town for two months, now, Carrie had not had time to meet her neighbors and Scott had not encouraged her, either.

The homes and farms, of lemon trees mostly, were distantly scattered, hereabouts – dotting the landscape haphazardly. Her nearest neighbors were five miles northeast, just outside a small village called Spring Valley. But Scott’s sales trips seemed to keep him from home more and more and Carrie had not met them, yet.

Upon his return, she’d tried to explain the sound to her new husband.

“Likely one of old Mr. Hardin’s hounds,” he replied. “He keeps half a dozen for hunting, you know.”

“Scott, I’m pretty sure if one of them began, it would set the whole pack off.”

He’d made light of her concern and she didn’t press. He’d become so moody of late she’d begun questioning their decision to marry so quickly.

But it had only been one sound, of that she was sure. And – there it went again.

Beginning with a low timbre, long and mournful, it rose into an angry yelp… and it was much nearer. This is crazy she thought, shivering, and she went to the door to face her fear.

The howl had turned high pitched, to almost a scream by the time she got to the door. Her hand on the knob shook but she ratcheted up her courage and threw the door open wide. Carrie stood there, her voice frozen in her throat and her feet on the threshold by what was before her. She was unable to make a sound.

Finally though, her own screams drowned out those of the salivating thing her husband had become.

Happy Halloween!


Vicky Sloan

After returning to college several years ago for further study, VLSloan began writing full time when her work began winning contests. She joined a writing group that was starting up in Chula Vista soon thereafter – the group now known as South Bay Scribes.

A member encouraged Sloan to join a writing site called Wattpad. The site has enabled her to develop a large body of work, including, but not limited to – Short Stories, Serials, varied Poetry Collections and a newly featured mystery Novella called: Arachnia.

Wattpad allows interaction with not only readers, but with other writers and she has been fortunate enough to attain wide readership there. Known as sloanranger on the site, she now focuses her efforts on submissions and locating a Literary Agent. You can find VLSloan and her work by googling:

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15 Responses to A Distant Howl

  1. sloanranger November 1, 2015 at 9:20 AM #

    Thank you Barbara, for posting my Hallowe’en story : ) Here’s a limerick for the kids:

    Its Hallowe’en Night! by sloanranger

    Witchlings & black cats give great fright,
    ghosties too, walk the earth tonight.
    Pumpkins make faces
    in very strange places,
    but wee ones smile – its Hallowe’en Night!

  2. Marilyn King November 1, 2015 at 10:27 AM #

    I did comment @sloanranger So here it is again – Cut a little short – could have stood a little amplification (I thought at first he was there with her when the wolf started howling) Very Halloweenee. 9i don’t see a place to vote.

  3. Stripey November 1, 2015 at 11:01 AM #

    Brilliant as always Sloan, your writings are a pleasure to read ,well done

  4. bzzaragoza November 1, 2015 at 4:05 PM #

    This is wonderful! THANK YOU! 🙂

  5. glynhockey November 1, 2015 at 6:04 PM #

    Keeping pets can be hazardous. :)))))

  6. Shannon Kellie November 1, 2015 at 6:40 PM #

    Just like Carrie, we feel the isolation and feel something coming, we just hpoe it’s not what we think. Then you hit us! Fantastic Hallowe’en story.

  7. LouAnn Rice November 1, 2015 at 7:15 PM #

    Another fabulous piece written by the excellent author, VL Sloan.
    I loved this, my friend. You never disappoint your readers in your writing. Keep it coming.
    Loved this!! :-))

  8. sloanranger November 3, 2015 at 9:53 AM #

    @MarilynKing6 – thank you MK – this was a prompt write- only had 10 minutes – hence the brevity: ))

  9. sloanranger November 3, 2015 at 9:55 AM #

    @stripey – you are so kind as always – thank you :))

  10. sloanranger November 3, 2015 at 9:58 AM #

    @glynhockey – ikr? Thank you, aka @OwainGlyn- and congratulations on the publication of #Windswept!

  11. sloanranger November 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM #

    @ShannonKellie – you always do my work honor – thank you so very much for your support:))

  12. sloanranger November 3, 2015 at 10:03 AM #

    @lkrice- aka @LouAnnRice – thank you so much, dear friend for your continued support. True-blue you are :))

  13. sloanranger November 3, 2015 at 10:05 AM #

    @bzzaragoza – and last but not least, thank you, Barb, for posting my little stories in South Bay Compass : ))

  14. sloanranger November 3, 2015 at 10:09 AM #

    @OwainGlyn – thank you dear friend and congratulations of publication of #Windswept: )

  15. Letlifein November 4, 2015 at 10:53 AM #

    I really liked your hallowe’en story. Scary, I was wondering about her hubby when he dismissed her fears. Nice work VLSloan aka @sloanranger.

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