Day 13 of Flash Fiction Month!
Today we were given a horror genre challenge. My personal challenge was to use the monster/creature trope, using a birthday candle, and lastly ending it on the “The End…Or Is It?” trope.
Having nothing better to do after school was let out, Alexander, Paul and David sat in a dimly lit garage holding their breaths as Alexander held the striped birthday candle.
“Jimmy sold this to me for five bucks,” Alexander said. “If nothing happens, we go get my money back alright guys?”
“Sure,” Paul agreed. David answered with a nod. “And what exactly is supposed to happen?”
“He said a genie’s soul is trapped in this candle. And you know what genies do.”
“Yeah, I’ve seen Aladdin,” Paul nodded. “So now what? You supposed to rub the candle?”
“We light it.”
Alexander struck a match and lit the striped birthday candle. The three boys looked at each other for a second before the flame began to flicker. The flame moved from one side to the other and flickered from yellow to green to blue. It grew larger and large till it touched the ceiling.
“This is it, boys,” Alexander proclaimed, rubbing his hands.
The flame that was now well above their heads suddenly shrunk to the size of a fist and out of it came a voice that said: “What?”
Alexander cleared his throat. “Oh ye wise genie of the candle. I am your new mast—..”
“Now just who the hell do you think I am?” Out of the blue flame emerged a tiny round head that peered up at the boys. Two tiny arms emerged from either sides of its round bulbous blue body.
“You’re the genie of the candle right?” asked Paul.
“Genie?” The blue entity rested a hand on one hip while the other came up to point at the boy who spoke. “I am no genie. I am a monster from the deepest darkest depths of your innermost fears sent to eat you up.”
“So,” Alexander started, “you’re not a genie?”
He turned his gaze and his little pointed finger to Alexander. “Hell no,” he spat out a tiny spark of blue that hit the ground with a fizzle.
“So,” Alexander continued, “you’re not gonna grant my wish?”
“Your wish?” The blue entity looked incredulous. “No, I’m not gonna grant your wish. I ain’t a fuckin’ fluffy ass genie. Who do you think I am? I’m a spawn of the devil. I am Beelzebub and Behemoth combined. Some call me Asmodeus, some call me Azazel. I am Lucifer’s servant and I am here to eat your sou—..”
Alexander blew the striped birthday candle out and the blue entity vanished leaving behind a trail of smoke.
“What a waste,” Alexander said. “Come on boys. Let’s go teach Jimmy a lesson.”
Alexander snapped the striped birthday candle in two and threw it on the ground. He stomped off with Paul following closely behind.
David, who’d sat there quiet like a ghost the whole time, stared at the broken candle. He got up to leave but not before picking up the broken striped birthday candle, carefully placing it in his pant pocket. He smiled, gave his pocket a light pat and followed his friends.