The ladder – a free short story

Last updated: 1st September, 2016I wrote this free short story, among many others, for a course in creative writing I took years ago. This isn’t a horror story, unless we want to call horror also the challenges we all have to face while growing up. However, I really enjoyed writing it. And now I hope you can find it just as enjoyable. Let me know. The Ladder The wooden ladder stretches above the first floor of the barn. From where he is, Mikey can make out the piles of hay. Beyond these, hung up to the farther wall, a scythe rests in the shadows – its curved blade glimmering like a demented smirk. The pungent smell of manure coming from the fields saturates the air. By comparison, the fragrance of the hay is nothing more than a subliminal hint. But it keeps tickling at his nose in a most intolerable way.…

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