A nosy neighbor sees the unexpected when peeking through an open window, and ends up uncovering a rotten secret.
Music: “Monochromatic Stain” by Nicholas Jeudy
Video Description: “Brain in the Window” Trailer. Duration, 36 seconds. “Monochromatic Stain” by Nicholas Jeudy. Digital drawing. A human brain seen in left profile, lying on a platter. Arranged around the brain are bunches of parsley, orange halves, fig halves, cranberries, and sage leaves. In the background, a fiery glow. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Horrific Mystery,” is displayed at center. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “A nosy neighbor sees the unexpected when peeking through an open window, and ends up uncovering a rotten secret.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “The brain was human. Maybe they’re cannibals, I hoped against hope. I swept back into the living room and stepped toward the front door. I heard the squeak of Elise’s shoes on the kitchen tile. I stopped and turned back around, my heart pounding.” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”
Welcome to Year 9 of Storyfeather
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. This year, I will turn the Wheel of Fiction to help me decide what to write. There are thirteen spokes on this wheel. Eight are occupied by the eight themes from the previous years of stories. One is a prompt to turn the wheel again. One is a wildcard (hmm…curious). And three are covered only in question marks. I suppose I’ll find out what’s beneath those questions as we go along.
Welcome to the WHEEL OF FICTION
The Wheel of Fiction landed on Prompts. Here’s the prompt I chose: “You absent-mindedly peer into a window and see something totally unexpected. Describe the scene.” This prompt fit with one of the images I’d already drawn for the art challenge I’m in the midst of as I type these words (Mabs Drawlloween Club 2022). A brain laid out on a platter like a holiday turkey. Not a strange sight if it’s Halloween season. But when a passing neighbor sees it in a window weeks after Halloween, it’s cause for curiosity, which soon escalates to concern…and horror.
Source: A Writer’s Year: 365 Creative Writing Prompts by Emma Bastow
Video Description: Duration, 7 seconds. Choice wheel made on the Spin the Wheel application. Thirteen spokes or slices in various colors, labeled as follows, clockwise from the top: Objects of Power (the “of Power” is not visible), Prompts, Definitions, Turn Again, Elements, Creatures, S.T.E.A.M., Wildcard, Revisitation, Music, Challenge, Draw!!!, Traveler. The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction V4” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” Below that is a label on left, “Spin date: 10/8/22,” and a label at right, “Story: 10/9/22.” At top left corner is a flag icon labeled with the letter “F.” This represents a function of the application which interferes with true randomness by reducing the probability of receiving the same choice twice in a row. The wheel turns and lands on PROMPTS. As the wheel stops spinning, a cartoon platter of food appears at center and a cartoon brain drops down onto it.
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