First Line Friday -September 29th 2017 – Full Moon


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I cannot rest when the moon is full, it’s wintery presence keeps me wakeful. I wrestle with this affliction each winter, and thankfully the full moon on its cycle only happens twice.

By now I know when it’s coming, and I take precautions. I give my wife a sleeping tablet in her evening cocoa, and I’m glad that I do as I know she would not appreciate what happens.

It’s the growing of hair over my body, the seizing pain through my spine as it contracts then expands, bending and re-shaping my posture.

My teeth lengthen, and for a short time, I thrash in the bed as my mind goes to things other than sleep.

I experience a savage hunger, and the fact my wife is asleep beside me does little to quench the hunger that holds my body in its thrall.

At three in the morning, I am prowling the neighbourhood, and the cats are never safe though strangely the dogs I have little desire for.

But I crave flesh and human flesh, and I know people are beginning to put together the pattern. Full moon, someone goes missing, the footprints, the blood, it won’t be long before they come knocking at my door.

I try to stay hidden as stalking is a serious business when the result is satisfaction. One kill and I’m sated, and it doesn’t come over me until the next winter full moon.

I rest in my bathroom as my form always returns with the same pain it came on with.

I crawl into bed; my wife sleeps blissfully unaware of what once again I have buried under the house.


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21 Responses to First Line Friday -September 29th 2017 – Full Moon

  1. Lorraine says:

    Well done — worthy of Poe, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr. et al.

  2. Lyn says:

    LOL the comments between yourself and Lorraine were as enjoyable as the story Michael. Let’s hope the pipes under the house never need fixing. 😀

  3. Vivian Zems says:

    What a good story. my first thought was also a werewolf one… I have to think of something else 🙂 Enjoyed that! ( Oh and to bite Lorraine… it’s your canines you need-better grip, better for tearing… sorry for being gross 🙂 🙂

  4. wow, I’ve enjoyed your howling tale, Michael 🙂

  5. weejars says:

    I have chills! Nice one 😊

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