Horror Bites Challenge #3

Sunday, April 27th 2014

Thanks again to Laura at www.officemango.com for another horror short prompt in the form of a photograph.

Here’s my effort (below) – make sure you visit her site to read other entries and to take part yourself:


The Journey.


The first few times it had scared her – given her bad dreams – made her afraid to travel that way again.

But she had to – the only way she could get to visit her friend in the childrens’ ward was by train, this train – so close to London Bridge Station, it just made sense.


The first one had been on a Tuesday afternoon.

It had been a woman – she’d seen her from the train window. Her handbag was being snatched as she walked down the street close to Catford Bridge station. She’d watch in horror as the woman was dragged into an alleyway – but the train moved on, and she saw no more – knew no more – until she saw the TV news the next morning. That’s when she heard it was a murder.


The second one was in the window of an office building – as the train rattled past she saw the man at his desk, and the other man rushing up behind him with an axe.


The third was a suicide – a young woman stood atop her balcony railing on a new development and pitching herself forward just as her carriage passed by.


Beth stared out of the window once again, viewing London as it sped by, watching for any others that might be about to join her.


Maybe today would be the day she’d collect her friend.

Maybe today they could both go home.



  1. Wow, that grippped me. Did they ever join up

    Comment by Susan Gilley on April 28, 2014 at 6:26 am
  2. Oh gosh! That ending! What a twist. Excellent job!!

    Comment by Lizzie Koch on April 28, 2014 at 4:19 pm
  3. Great ending, so unexpected, was left hoping she did meet her friend even though it would mean her friend had died.

    Comment by Laura on April 30, 2014 at 4:35 pm
  4. The ending took me by surprise. Fun little story.

    Comment by Mark Ethridge on May 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm
  5. Good story! Unique!

    Comment by K. R. Smith on May 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm
  6. Thanks all – really appreciate the kind feedback.

    Comment by Keith Walters on May 6, 2014 at 9:18 pm

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