A little flash fiction for your Friday frivols 🙂

I woke up yesterday morning with a bite mark on my neck. Not a tiny mosquito bite, not a flea bite. No, this is a full human-sized bite with a whole lot of teeth. I suppose it could have been the cat, but she has very sharp teeth and would not only have drawn blood but woken me up.

All day I spent trying to figure it out. I mean, the window was open all night but locked in position and no-one could get through without making a hell of a racket. It’s a mystery.

I can’t find anything online about blood disorders or infections, even of the nasty fungal sort that would cause this pattern of bruising. Imagine you’ve bitten an apple and rather than leave puncture marks, you’ve left little bruises. That’s my neck.

So I went to bed deciding not to worry about it, window open just a crack, and drifted off quite happily. I’d probably been asleep about an hour when I woke up with a start. Something was biting my neck! I shrieked and twisted away.

My attacker jumped back looking rather embarrassed. He stood there, in his black cloak with its standing collar and red lining, white frilly shirt, one hand clamped over his mouth. He pointed at something on the bed and I thought he might burst into tears. A set of dentures had dropped to the coverlet as I pulled away.

“They’re jutht temporary until the cuthtom thet ith ready,” he wailed.

JAM May 2013


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About julietmchugh

Fiction writer from the North East of England with a taste for the gruesome and macabre.

4 responses to “Bitten”

  1. Kate Gilmore says :

    Good fun.
    Oh, by the way, I’m happy to see Homeland Security has not yet locked you up for that bomb making research. You probably just made it onto some dreary list.

    • julietmchugh says :

      It’s never as exciting as it is on TV. If there is such a list, my activity since is more likely to make them stage a rescue to get me out of the house for a change 🙂

      • Kate Gilmore says :

        Thanks for not pointing out to me that you are not likely to be pursued by American Homeland Security, Well, you doubtless have a similar agency over there, and people as dangerous as you have an international reach.

      • julietmchugh says :

        Well exactly – Homeland Security may be hunting me down before I can visit and recruit you to my cause. The lengths I’ll go to in the course of obliterating misplaces apostrophes are as extreme as making people write lines. Hardcore! HS is just another name for what we’ve got over here, only we’ve got James Bond. Or something 🙂

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