Multiple Word Prompt Story – Resist the Devil.

This story was inspired by the Halloween season and the following prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/mephistophelian/

FOWC with Fandango — Adorable

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/rdp-saturday-drench/

 

Resist the Devil.

Mephistophelian, that devilish turn of phrase. When I learned the word, I never thought I’d ever come to use it. It was elaborate, over the top and rather sensationalist.

However, then I met David.

He was one of those guys that when he walked into a room, all eyes focused on him. People stopped what they were doing, ignored the person they were with and looked at him.

He wasn’t outstanding in any way. He was of average height and not particularly handsome, but there was something about his eyes that burned. He had an aura about him.

He walked over to the bar and ordered a long island iced tea. I have never seen the barman move so quickly. There were plenty of people at the bar vying for attention and waving their notes in their hands, but Dave got served first. He always did, I found out later.

What was this strange power that he had over people? I never really discovered it, or maybe I just didn’t want to believe it. He just held sway wherever he went.

He also had a way about him that made whoever he was talking to, whoever his attention fell upon, feel like the most important person on the earth. His eyes seemed to pour energy into you. You suddenly felt wonderful, adorable, perfect. You had to be for him to want to lavish so much attention on you, him who everyone wanted to be with.

It was magnetic. It was also quite frightening.

I never thought of myself as easily lead. I was never susceptible to hypnotism or peer pressure or mind tricks. I always had a strong personality, but I found myself affected by this guy, just like everyone else. When he’d gone and I was on my own, it used to irk me. Made me feel foolish like a sheep just going along with the herd.

He bought me a drink and we chatted, not about anything deep, just music I liked, things like that. When I asked him a question he batted it away and never gave a proper answer, he asked questions but never answered them. It added to his mystery, at least at first.

Why he’d come to that bar on that night, I never found out, but it was Friday the 13th and an omen if ever there was one.

At first, he was fascinating, but then I started to realise that weird things happened around him. Accidents happened. Unexplained things. People falling over and hitting their heads on the curb, bleeding to death. A car crash where he was the only survivor in the car and everyone else died. People falling out of windows, cutting themselves on their cutlery. I noticed that he would smile and laugh about the incidents. He seemed to derive pleasure from these mishaps that left people maimed or even killed.

I never told him where I lived, something told me that he wasn’t the kind of guy my family would approve of. Something also told me that he wasn’t the kind of person you invited in. He would always find me, whenever I went out to the local bar. He would walk in, smile and come over to me. I realised he seemed to find me fascinating too.

“Let’s go for a walk down to the river,” he said to me once. It was raining heavily outside and I wasn’t in the mood to be alone with him.

“What are you trying to do, drench me?” I responded. Something seemed to flash across his face, his eyes burned as he drew me close and whispered in my ear “Why must you always resist me?”

He walked away then, and I thought nothing more of it.

I often think back to that autumn and the guy who called himself David.

Instinctively, I knew he had another name.

I still wonder if it had been me who’d brought him to town. He’d arrived not long after my friends and I decided to have some fun with an Ouija. All those who’d had accidents and been killed, in the car crash, or from falling out of the window, they’d been with me that night when we thought it’d be so much fun to try a summoning.

They all died, except me.

I resisted.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 27/October/2018

 

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

YAY! It’s been a while and I am over the moon and cock a hoop to have been nominated for this award by Jay-Lyn over at the Wonderful and Wacky World of One Single Mom.

If you haven’t already done so, I recommend you click on the link below and visit her wonderful and wacky world. 🙂

https://daisymae874.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/sunshine-blogger-award-4/comment-page-1/#comment-3186

 

The rules are:

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to them.
• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
• Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

 

So here we go:

  1. Do you believe in true love?
  2. Summer or Winter?
  3. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
  4. Have you ever sat in your car and cried for no reason other than being sad?
  5. Science Fiction or Fantasy?
  6. If you could be any fantasy character what type would you be?
  7. If you discovered the secret to slowing down the aging process would you use it?
  8. Walking through the forest you come upon a large tree with a door in it, do you open the door?
  9. If you opened the door in the above question what did you find?
  10. If you did not open the door in question 8 why not?
  11. Favorite all time Halloween costume.

 

My answers as follows:

  1. Yes, I do. Call me an old softy, but I do believe in true love and love at first sight, but I also believe that it is not the be all and end all. If you find someone who makes you happy, then love can grow too. Don’t ditch it because you don’t think it’s true love and spend the rest of your life searching when you already had something great.
  2. Both Summer and Winter have the positives and negatives for me. My favourite season is Spring because it isn’t too hot nor too cold and everything is coming back to life, the daffodils and crocuses are flowering and often the promise of summer is better than its reality.
  3. I often dream that in my lifetime they could invent teleportation because I hate flying. I would love to visit the South Island of New Zealand. I’ve done the North Island but never the South. I would also like to visit Macchu Picchu, The Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and Iceland…. to name just a few. 🙂
  4. Yes. I sometimes find myself feeling sad for no apparent reason, but I try to focus on happy stuff or play my happy playlist (which I shared with you all on previous posts) to help shift my brain back into a more positive zone.
  5. I prefer fantasy fiction to Sci-Fi. I love anything to do with magic. Even Star Wars, which is a meld of the two genres I like because of ‘the force’ and the Jedi and Sith, which is pure fantasy in a Sci-Fi setting.
  6. I would always be the Wizard or Magic user. Even when I was a very young child I always wanted to be the Magic one with a beard. My cousin still reminds me that I would say “You can be the Warrior and I’ll be Merlin” when I was about six years old.
  7. Would I slow down the Ageing process if I could? Well if there were no repercussions, for example, looking younger but being in constant pain, then yes I would. It would be even better if I could share it would the people I love too. What’s the point in living forever if you constantly watch your loved ones die. If i could share it around, then Brilliant.
  8. Yep. I don’t think I could resist. Also, I love trees, so I would probably want to move in and live there.
  9. I found a home, with a library full of books and a kitchen and a note saying “I have left this place, please move in and look after it for me until I come back”.
  10. I did, I wouldn’t be able to cope with the constant ‘what if’ if I hadn’t opened it.
  11. Favourite all-time Halloween costume? I once went to a fancy dress party as a cross between a Vampire and Adam Ant – for those who don’t know who Adam Ant is I have included a link below. I remember getting served very quickly at the bar for the first (and last) time ever!

 

My Questions:

  1. Do you like Halloween?
  2. What method of murder do you most like to see in films/movies?
  3. Horror or Comedy?
  4. What’s your favourite thing to do with a pumpkin?
  5. If you could choose between ruling the world or living in paradise which would you choose?
  6. What human trait do you like the most?
  7. Which human trait do you dislike the most?
  8. If we discovered an inhabitable planet and had the option to start a new life there, would you?
  9. Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, have you had an experience you’d like to share?
  10. Have you ever had a recurring Nightmare? Share it with us, if so.
  11. If you had to remove either Halloween or Christmas from the calendar so no one could celebrate it ever again, which would you choose?

 

OK, My nominees are:

The Britchy One

A Little Something For The Weekend?

Ang4Him of Journey to Imperfection

https://journeytoimperfectionblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/24/lets-talk-about-boys/

Mel from Crushed Caramel

https://crushedcaramel.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/how-i-used-my-extra-hour-last-year/

Victoria from Family Matters

https://familymatters389367221.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/color-my-world/

Kristian from Life Lessons Around the Dinner Table

https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/kristians-world-of-horror-day-25/

Reflections of an Untidy Mind

The Changing Seasons – October

MsJadeli of Tao Talk

Poetry Day 27 — Nightwings

and Melanie B Cee of Sparks from a combustible Mind.

https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2018/10/26/dps-for-10-26-18/

 

There is no pressure to do this, so if you’d rather not, then fine.

I apologise if any of you are ‘non-award’ sites and I just haven’t noticed….

 

Have a great weekend everyone. 🙂