As we continue onward with our Dark and Stormy night tales, let us pause for a moment to recap where we’ve been so far. Jess Fortunato brought her characters from Steam into the mix and MR Graham’s Daniel Leland was a grumpy cat to his visitors.
Now, for part three…
Make sure to read to the end for the Coven and Coffin Sweepstakes entry form. In the meantime, we have Kayla Curry with us to continue on the theme. Let us see what sort of mayhem emerges in her world…
Be Our Guest by Kayla Curry
Late one stormy night, Stewart and Rose Templeton cruised down a winding road. They had been at a nearby lake for a picnic, but the meal was ruined by the approaching strong weather and by Stewart’s sour attitude. The evening was ruined further by the fact that Stewart had driven the car into a ditch and they now had to walk to a nearby house.
“I can’t believe you don’t want to spend Labor Day at my parent’s house. Everyone is going to be there,” Rose said with crossed arms. Rose was hogging the umbrella while Stewart had his jacket held above his head.
“Can we talk about this later? We need to get a tow truck,” Stewart said.
Stewart rang the doorbell and after a few moments the door opened. A very small man stood at the door. He wore a black and white suit and a top hat. The outfit and his short stature made him look like a penguin.
“Can I help you?” he said in a loud voice that made Rose and Stewart flinch.
“Our car slid into a ditch and we’d like to use your phone,” Stewart replied.
“Certainly. Right this way.”
They stepped into a large foyer and found several other little men dressed in the same way as the first. Some were carrying trays of food, others were cleaning, and one was changing a chandelier light bulb while perched high on a ladder.
In the trip across the foyer, there were so many running about, that the couple lost the one who had let them in. He reappeared and ushered them to a side room.
A regular sized man was already using the phone. He seemed to be the master of the house. He hung up abruptly and turned to the couple.
“Who have we here?” he asked.
The small man answered, “A couple who slid into a ditch. They wish to use the phone.”
“Of course, go ahead,” the man said as he gestured to the phone. Stewart went to the phone and dialed while Rose spoke with the man.
“I’m Grant Hamlet.”
“Nice to meet you. My name is Rose and that’s Stewart. We’re sorry to barge in on you so late.”
“No apology necessary. We enjoy visitors.”
“Yes, but you seem to be very busy getting ready for an event of some kind.”
“Okay, Rose,” Stewart said after he hung up the phone. “They are sending a tow truck, but it may be a while. We can go wait in the car.”
“Nonsense!” Grant replied. “You should stay a while. Enjoy a hot meal.”
“I think we better wait out there,” Stewart insisted.
“No, no. You’re guests now. You must be taken care of,” Grant said with a grin. He turned to the little man and said. “Please take them to the dining room.”
The dining room held a very large table with at least 2 dozen guests seated at it. Food was piled high and one other detail caught the eye of the two travelers as they tried to back out of the room. All the guests were chained to their chairs.
About the author:
Kayla Curry lives in North Platte, Nebraska with her husband and two children. She likes spending time with family and friends when she’s not writing or planning out her conquest of the world. People who know her would say that she is sweet and kind, but her book characters would disagree. Her other hobbies include reading, metal detecting and research of local history. You can visit her website at http://www.kaylacurry.com to keep up on her progress in the Mystic Stones Series and her other works.
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