A Story To Prepare Your Children for Adolescence

Billy always popped his zits.

Pop! Pop! Pop!

His parents always told him,


But he  never listened.

Pop! Pop! Pop!

“You could get scars!” they cried. “One day a monster will eat your torso!”

Billy paused a moment. This was a strange thing for them to say…

But he shrugged and continued popping his zits.

Pop! Pop! Pop!

One day, Billy had some especially large zits. He decided to pop them.

And he did.

One pop. Two pops. Three…

And a monster came out of his third zit! It had horrible gnashing teeth and claws like needles. Its breaths smelled of dead babies and its laugh sounded like tortured cats blended with virgin maidens thrown into volcanos!

The monster swallowed Billy whole, right up to his hips. The greedy monster did not chew, so Billy was still alive to feel the blood leaving his squirming torso and feel his skull crush inside the monster’s jagged esophagus until his last frightened breath.

Billy’s parents walked into his room the next day and saw the crippled legs and the pool of blood. “Why doesn’t that boy ever listen?” his mother said, hands on hips.

“I don’t know, honey. I don’t know,” his father said. “I guess he’ll never learn!”

And they laughed and closed the door behind them.



Filed under FEATHERTON II, Flash Fiction

7 responses to “A Story To Prepare Your Children for Adolescence

  1. taniappleseed

    “And they laughed and closed the door behind them.” wow, lol. very strange. very strange indeed. reminds me of an internal narrative of some fifteen year old boy before he walks down to the kitchen for breakfast rather than the actual end to a story. Have you read Sherman Alexis book “Flight?” The main characters name is Zits and he sorta sounds like a similar type of dude. the novel reads a bit like your flash fiction and has a crazy sci fi romp through history. I like your style and think you should keep revising your work!

  2. vicky_luu

    well, this is something new….haha.

    i can’t tell whether or not i really like this story…i mean, i appreciate the imagination, and just how you tend to go to places most people don’t think of. but i wouldn’t want this story to be strange just for novelty reasons. i really like your style of writing, and i know your unique thoughts and storylines could provide some strange stories that really make you think. i’m not sure if this was one of them, perhaps i need to read it again.

  3. edrensumagaysay

    This is like Creepshow. Like funny Twilight Zone or Tales from the Darkside or Outer Limits. Horror / comedy type shows. I don’t know if this fits with all the other pieces you’ve written. As in tone. The other stuff you’ve written had a lot more anchor in plausibility (I know, I know, zombies and werewolves, plausible?) than this one. Meaning, this one almost feels like the actual intent of an Aesop fable or a Brothers Grimm fairytale. Ya know what I mean?


  4. soulinmyfist

    HAHAHA. Loved this!

  5. libertad

    ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! This reminds me of what happens to Butters from South Park whenever he does anything bad, you know, “Butters! I told you never to get into a car with a stranger, but limos are just fine!” and then the poor kid ends up paying a ridiculous price for whatever he “did” and no matter what happens, unfortunately the parents are always right 😦

  6. A good word of warning. This happens all too often with today’s acne-ridden youth.

  7. awesomepie

    This was a fun piece for me, though I admit I whipped it out pretty quick before midnight.

    Tani: Never read Flight but you’ve got me interested.

    Everyone else: Yeah. I was going for more of a knee-jerk reaction. Dark humor or being deeply disturbed or both. Well, I guess it is a little removed from my usual “style” but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. The worst part of this story is that it’s unpolished, in my opinion. But hey, I’m not here to get defensive. Thank you all for your comments!

    ~ Seamus K.

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