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Story Idea

These are the first few paragraphs of the next Boogeyman story.  It’s just a rough stub, and I haven’t plotted out what’s going to happen in the rest of it, but I think it’s a good introduction.


My new client rose and shook my hand. He gripped the business card I’d given him in his other hand. For once, I was sending business Sid’s way.
“Thanks so much, Mister Shelby.”
“No worries, Mister Matthews. We’ll figure this out.”
He nodded, then moved toward the door. Just before his hand reached the knob, it turned and the door swung open.
There, framed in the doorway, stood a woman. Blonde curls flowed down to her shoulders, framing a face that could launch a thousand paternity suits. She wore a crimson silk dress that would have been appropriate in a board room or a bordello. Her red lips parted in an easy smile as Matthews ducked his head and walked past her. I could tell he was trying to look like he wasn’t examining every inch of her, but the woman didn’t pay him any mind.
She turned her gaze to me, fixing me with eyes the color of milky jade. Long eyelashes fluttered as she sized me up, then she took a step forward and closed the door behind her.
Immediately, the room filled with her scent. It was delicate, jasmine and cinnamon with something subtly sweet underneath that would drive a lesser man mad. Not being a lesser man, all it did was send a shiver up my spine. Well, maybe two shivers.
“Mister Shelby?” she purred, her voice low and sultry, with a soft drawl that made me hang on every word. “I’m Laura Fallworthy. I left you a voicemail the other day, but you didn’t answer me.”
I stared at her with my mouth half-open, then answered. “Sorry, but I’ve been on a case. No cell coverage out where I was.”
“Well, I need your help, and I was hoping that you’d make me a priority.” Without asking, she took a seat across the desk from me and crossed her muscular, tanned legs. She caught me looking and smiled knowingly.
“I’m sure I could make it worth your while.” Time seemed to slow as she talked. I could make out every movement, every wrinkle of her bright red lips. Her teeth were sharp and white, and I caught a glint of mirth in her eye as she took a deep breath, bringing both of her best features into sharp focus.
In my mind’s eye, I envisioned scenes, all with this woman at their center, that would have made the most jaded madam blush. For a long moment, there was nothing else in the world, only this ravishing beauty sitting in my creaky old office chair. Of course, I would do anything for her.
I raised my hand, trying to gesture as I stammered out a reply, and the setting sun shining through the window glinted off the gold band on my finger. Immediately, I felt the fog lift a little. Her scent became heavy and cloying in my nostrils, and I felt a pressure against my mind.
The shit? I thought. Somebody’s playing games.
I blinked slowly, and thought of the worst, most bloody memory I could dredge up. When my eyes opened, I fixed my gaze on the woman sitting opposite me while I replayed that day in my head.
“Jesus Christ!” she yelped, and I felt the push in my head let go. “What is wrong with you, mister?”
As if by magic, the hazy glow of sex around her collapsed. Her hair lost some of its luster, and her eyes no longer burned at me with desire. Her sultry tone was now brassy, and her soft drawl had become a harsh twang.
“Ugh, I mean, who thinks about things like that?”
I shook my head, feeling the last of the succubus’ magic let go of my mind.
“Lady, if you’re going to try to enchant me into taking your case, you’ll have to speak to my wife first.”
She shuddered again, then shrugged. “Can’t blame a girl for trying.”
“Maybe, but she will.”
Laura Fallworthy pouted, which probably would have been enticing a moment earlier, but now just made her look petulant. For a moment, I considered throwing her, and I don’t mean figuratively, out of my office. But curiosity got the better of me.
“Listen, just tell me what you need, and leave out the Helen of Troy routine, all right?”
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  1. Nice start!


  2. John in Philly

     /  November 2, 2017

    Wow! My mind took a cue from, “Time seemed to slow as she talked.” and insisted the scene should be shot in slow motion with golden sunset backlighting.
    Great writing.


  3. mrgarabaldi

     /  November 2, 2017

    Hey DB;

    Very good start to a new story. and you kinda got Irish women pegged with the ““Maybe, but she will.”. very well done, lol

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    • You have no idea. There have been a couple of ladies that have tried to charm me into something, then got shot down by my lovely, patient wife.


  4. Nice start!


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