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The Warlock -- by Genna East and Mike Friedman

Updated on October 30, 2019


Welcome to The Warlock, a flash fiction short written by Genna East and Mike Friedman (Mckbirdbks). We hope you enjoy the journey.

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Every child in the small town of Holcombe knew the story of Count Druiq, the Wicked Warlock of Halloween. Each year during All Hallows' Eve, he would take on human form and lie in wait behind bushes or in trees for any stragglers who walked alone in the darkness. Parents warned their children that if they tarried too long on their trick-or-treat walks throughout the neighborhood, the magic creature would scoop them up and fly them away to a hidden cave. They would never be seen again.

Druiq was not your average Warlock. He was barely five feet tall and more troll-like in appearance, with long, spindly fingers and claws, grizzled hair and a face riddled with pocks. Whenever he barred his large fangs, bats would crawl out of his mouth and perch on his shoulders, ready to pounce on anything warm-blooded that crossed their path.

The children were told never to speak of the Count. "Never say his name," they would whisper to each other as they walked the streets in Halloween twilight. "He'll hear you."

Kitty, dressed as a fairy princess, and her little brother, Jimmy, a pirate that sailed with Captain Jack, each carried a plastic pumpkin pail. Kitty, age seven, was in charge. She told her pirate companion about a shortcut through the cemetery that would get them more quickly to the homes of people who had plenty of treats.

They squeezed through the creaking gates of Holcombe's old cemetery, frightening some nearby birds. They had taken about fifty steps when Pirate Jimmy heard the gates screech in the distance. The words, "Always walk with friends you know,” echoed through his mind. Kitty thought of the treats that lay just up ahead; her brother kept looking back over his shoulder. Neither of them saw the dark figure lurking behind the large tombstone of the butcher's wife.

Hearing footsteps behind them, Jimmy reached bravely for his pirate's cutlass to protect his sister, the fair damsel, Princess Kitty. A little boy dressed as Captain Leech -- a notorious pirate in his own time -- ran toward them and yelled, "Wait for me, please!" The child was breathless by the time he caught up to them. "Hello...my name is Calvin," he gasped. "Can I walk with you? It's too scary to be out here all by myself."

Smiling, Jimmy returned his plastic cutlass to its plastic scabbard. Kitty sighed in relief and nodded. "Of course," she replied. But you sure scared the heck out of us! Let's get moving."

The trio quickened their pace. They were nearing the far gate of the cemetery when a shadowy figure emerged from a thicket of hedges bordering the graveyard. Short and stocky with an abnormally rounded back, his aquiline skin set off a pair of hard, coal-black eyes.

The man squatted in front of the children and spread out his arms, blocking their exit from the cemetery. "Well...what have we here? A princess and two pirates. I have some candy -- buckets of the stuff -- for all of you. But it's in my car parked yonder down the street. I'll take you there," he said with a hiss.

As the stranger reached for Kitty, Jimmy pointed at him and screamed. "Druiq! It's Druiq!

Hearing Jimmy call his name brought Count Druiq back from his veil of disguise as the young Calvin. The boy dropped his large treat bag, scattering packets of candy corn, cookies and chocolates all over the ground. The Warlock's transformation was quick and terrifying. Within seconds, Calvin's body had swelled into the troll-like creature, tearing the pirate costume he wore into shreds. Huge wings with bird-like talons sprouted from his shoulder blades.

The man's voice rose to a blood curdling yell as a glowering Druiq grabbed the human predator by his throat. Kitty and Jimmy started to run, then turned to see the Count lift the stranger into the air as if he weighed no more than a doll. They watched the pair fly upward toward the shining moon and disappear from sight.

Shaken, they both promised never to tell another soul what had happened. "Pinkie swear,” Kitty told her brother. “No one would believe us anyway.” She knelt down and started to sort through the treats Calvin had left behind for them.

"What are you doing?" asked Jimmy.

"Now, Jim...everybody knows the Count doesn't eat candy. He has his treat," she replied, glancing up at the sky. "And we have our ours."

They gathered the piles of goodies, stuffed them into their plastic pumpkins, and ran home as fast as they could.

Count Druiq had already reached his quarters -- a cave in the hillside on the outskirts of Holcombe. His beloved pets, two giant Black Widow spiders, were not hungry. Druiq watched as they began to spin their fresh food into a silk cocoon they would eat later.


Happy Halloween, everyone!

Genna and Mike




© Written and copyrighted by Genna Eastman and Mike Friedman. All rights reserved.

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    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      3 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Happy Halloween, Mark. I couldn't ask for a better writing partner than Mike -- he is so talented. Glad to hear this tale put you in the mood. Thank you. Jimmy, Kitty, Mike and I couldn't ask for more. :-)

    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      3 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Nikki. Thank you. We had fun with this collaboration. Happy Halloween.

    • Mark Tulin profile image

      Mark Tulin 

      3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      A cool scary tale that's well put together. Thanks for getting me in the mood for Halloween, Genna.

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      Nikki Khan 

      3 weeks ago from London

      What a great Halloween story, we all got our treats. Well done, Genna and Mike. Good to read a wonderful collaborative writing.

      Happy Halloween!

    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      3 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Shauna. Thanks so much for the kind words. We didn't know if people would guess Calvin's true identity. And you are so right about the man deserving what he got. (I'm with you in that I hate those creepy crawlers -- spiders -- Ugh!) The final paragraph was Mike's, and it's my favorite. The stranger's intentions were dark indeed. Happy Halloween.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Genna and Mike, this is a brilliant collaboration. Your descriptions were so vivid that I could see the children cutting through the field in eerie darkness. I kind of had a feeling that Calvin was actually the Count, but had no idea he would actually do a good deed by snatching up the boogeyman that was preying on the kids.

      To me there's nothing creepier than big spiders. Giant black widows? The thought makes me shudder! But the bad man got what he deserved.

      Trick or treat!

    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Peg. Thank you. That was the twist...I think everyone was expecting the stranger to be the Warlock; we hoped to surprise with a bit of a trick at the end. Nevertheless, the stranger (the human predator) got his "just desserts"...and Kitty and Jimmy got their treats. Good to see you.

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      Genna East 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Linda...

      Thank you. I have to echo Mike's comments... "Plastic pumpkin pails soon to be filled to overflowing for princesses and pirates alike." Halloween starts off the holiday season with fun, treats, or tricks; and it will soon be upon us. :-)

    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Doris. We aim to please. :-) Thank you!

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg - Thanks for that 'perfectly spooky' - yes, it is the time of the season and both Genna and I wanted to contribute. It has been some time since I made an appearance on Hubpages. A Halloween story fit well with me.

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      Peg Cole 

      4 weeks ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Perfectly spooky story for the season. Loved the characters and the unexpected ending to the legend of The Warlock. Great collaboration, you two!

    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Pamela; Happy Halloween! I've always disliked cemeteries; but they and Hallow's Eve provide the perfect backdrop for Halloween stories. Thank you.

    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Ioannis; thanks so much for that thoughtful comment. Halloween provides a wonderful canvass to create such tales. Mike and I are pleased that you enjoyed the read.

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      Genna East 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Ruby; thanks so much for the visit. Halloween gets the credit for this spooky tale, which was written in the spirit of fun and what goes "bump in the night." The stranger was really what the Warlock was after, "stragglers who walked alone in the darkness," and rightly so. Hugs, dear friend.

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Linda - Thanks. Halloween approaches. We just joined in the fun with this spooky little presentation. Plastic pumpkin pails soon to be filled to overflowing for princesses and pirates alike.

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Doris James - Both Genna and I had a few smiles putting this light and breezy tale together. Thanks for the comment. Happy Halloween.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It was very enjoyable to read a story created by both of you again. It's a great tale for Halloween!

    • MizBejabbers profile image

      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Good work, what a treat from both of you. No tricks.

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Genna - While I am here, thanks for the invitation. This writing exercise was fun. My writing fingers have been a bit rusty. It is a pleasure to be your writing partner. You certainly make my writing better.

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Pamela - Thanks for joining in the fun. Yes it is always a good rule of thumb to avoid cemeteries. There is just something about them. Happy Halloween.

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      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Sean - Halloween is a nice setting for a little bit of spooky fun. The kids here in the States love this holiday. Many grown ups join in the costume fun.

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - Yes, this was a treat on many levels. It was a fun afternoon, walking through the cemetery wondering just what was going to happen next.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      The description of the count could not have been more frightful. This story was written in a masterful style and I will surely avoid cemeteries. This is perfect timing for Halloween.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Excellent atmosphere, a dash of dark humour and a rightful end! Great job! Thank you both for the amusement.

      Blessings from Greece!

      Sean

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      This was a ' Treat ' to read. Tis the season to write scary and your story-line filled the bill. Good to see you both writing.

    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Maria; it's always a treat to have you visit. This was fun to write, and we appreciate everyone's kind comments. Hugs.

      Hi Flourish; thank you! Mike is a treat to work with. He keeps me on my toes. :-)

      Hi Bill; we appreciate those kind words. Mike is a terrific writer and improves my writing as well.

      Hello Ann; what a nice comment -- thank you! We spun this flash fiction out pretty quickly. Good to see you.

      Mike; thanks again for partnering with me again. You are the ideal co-author, no matter the genre. Hugs, dear friend.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 weeks ago from SW England

      Just seen that I made a typing error - sorry Genna!

      There were elements of both and it was certainly a treat of a read.

      Ann

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann - Nice that the tradition continues. Here in this neighborhood some people decorate, but there are few kids - the people in the houses sit and eat the candy while waiting for pirates and princesses alike to arrive. Glad you stopped by for a read - you decide if it was a trick or a treat.

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - Writing on a Saturday afternoon was a good distraction. Perhaps just what I needed. The piece is light and breezy. Captain Jack (and Leech) would be proud. Genna is a perfect writing partner.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 weeks ago from SW England

      Great story! I certainly won't be frequenting any cemeteries. Too scary!

      My grandchildren enjoy dressing up and going round their close neighbours and cousins' houses. It wasn't a thing in Britain when I was young so it's not something I get excited about. Your story, however, is another thing; super!

      You write well together, Gonna and Mike.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It's good to see something new by you two, a timely piece to get the heart pumping this Halloween season. Well done you two!

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello FlourishAnyway - Thank you. Genna always makes my writing better. It is a treat to work with her. Happy Halloween

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      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Maria - This was an unexpected tale as it were. Thanks for the subtle spell check. The story came together during the course of an afternoon. Genna, Count Druiq, and myself thank you for stopping by.

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      mckbirdbks 

      4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John - I appreciate your comment. Genna invited me to join in the fun of a Halloween spooky write. It was put together quickly and provided me with some smiles.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Excellent collaboration and very spooky! You two work well together!

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      What a treat to see two of my favorite writers spin this spooky, sinister yet sweet story.

      Happy Halloween to you both!

      Hugs, mar

    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, John. Mike is such a talented writer and a pleasure to work with. We spun this one out rather quickly. It was fun to write.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this, very creepy stuff, with a somewhat “happy” ending, if that’s the right word. Good work Genna and Mike. Your collaborations are always a treat.

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