Tick, tock, said Grandma’s mantel clock, pointing to ten.
Sadie watched it, frowning. It would never be Halloween at this rate!
She sleepily scrambled to the sofa arm. Perching unsteadily, she stretched shadowed arms to retrieve the clock. A bowl of candies knocked loose and spilled to the floor.
She stopped, listening. Only the clock said, Tick.
Prising open the monstrous, creaking casing; she nudged both hands to point up: midnight.
Ching, it said, then, tock.
“Hello!” a cheerful voice greeted. She looked down. The spilled candy corns were moving. A tiny hand waved.
“Hello!” It repeated, “May we eat you?”
Crafted for The 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest.