Today I’m celebrating a social-distanced Halloween by posting my uber-short (100 words) kidlit story for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie contest. For some reason this year, I’m kind of obsessed with Frankenstein. What if Frankenstein was a kid? What would it be like to be so green? Could Frankenstein be solar-powered? Anyway, hope you enjoy the story!
Furley Frankenstein was tired of social distancing.
He’d been cooped up in the lab ever since he became undead.
“Pleeeeeease, Dad? Can’t I go out? It’s Halloween.
No one will care that my skin is green.”
“It’s just not safe,” said Dr. Frankenstein.
“Don’t you know, there’s a pandemic going on!”
The door locked when it slammed behind him.
Furley noticed something shiny on the counter.
His dad forgot the skeleton key!
He listened for his dad’s footsteps to fade.
Furley snatched a medical mask,
unlocked the door,
and crept out into the night.