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Of course, you can mention the books you are reading or your favorite scary stories, but I hope several of you will try filling in the blanks of the story.  You may change words to make your ideas fit the blanks.  That is fine.

Hallowe’en Story 2013

By cfk

Deep in the hollow near land’s end sat a ____in front of a ____ .  Above him was an orange moon like a searchlight.  Strange ____ rang through the chill night air.  On the edge of the hollow was the old Fitterly Mansion.  The empty_____faced the hollow and the back tower door faced a cliff below which a ______ boomed.

For a moment clouds obscured the moon and the noises _____.  The _____ moved restively.  It was hard to wait for the ____ to join him.  But the raid must be swift and the ghostly_____must be ____before the dawn.

Dragging _____ approached the hollow and he sat up and ______.  “Who comes from the Shadow Land?” he asked and his voice was a _____ that echoed.

“No clues, no clues, only deep dark ____,” said a voice that sounded like whispers of ____ and made the ____ shudder.  “Pass,” he answered because the code words were correct.  The time of waiting was over.  He rose up like a tower rising out of a strange ____ and faced the nightmare that had appeared.

“Whither are we bound?” asked the stranger.

“To the mansion up above,” the ____ said.  “Inside the ______ lies waiting for the moon beam to strike its ____.  We must hurry.”

“Why did you summon me from ____ for this?” asked the voice.

“I have the key to the front door, but only you can ______.”

“Lead on,” said the ____.  “But if I fail to _____, you must pay the cost of it all.”

“I hear and I obey.  You must not fail.  If you do the _______ bursts into flames that none can quench.”

“Is that a bad thing?”  The ____laughed as he asked the question.  

The mansion door creaked open.  The stairs were damaged and dangerous, but the two who entered had no need of them.  They spread _____ and rose to the top of the tower and entered the highest room.  The moon _____ as they approached the _______.

Silence.   The earlier sounds of the night were gone.  The waves below no longer ___.   The eyes of the stranger ______ and long dark _____  went to work.  Time passed.  The moon slid down behind the trees on the hollow side.  Soon it would be dawn.

There was a _____ and a _____.

“It is done!” said the stranger.  “Now you must return it to the_____ without ______.  I leave, now.”

No___were exchanged.  The fearsome _____ duo disappeared into the night and with none the wiser, the dawn came.   The blackened treasure from the tower was now ______ for all time unless some spy dared to attempt it on another chill night in the future.  Pray that no one finds the key or the _____ will open and let the ______ enter the world.

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