Little Vance hid behind his mother’s cape.
“What’s wrong, Vance?” his teacher asked. She kneeled, scratched at an ear, and peered at him.
“I think he’s shy,” his mother said. “This is his first Halloween party.”
“Owooooh!” the teacher howled. “Perfectly understandable.” Rising, she said, “Why don’t you pick a scary story from the cauldron, and we’ll read it.”
Vance shuffled forward. He removed a favorite.
“Ah! Attack of the Garlic! Excellent.” Pawing it open, she began reading.
A mummy, ghoul, and another vampire joined Vance on the rug. Maybe this party wouldn’t be so bad, after all.
Written, tested, tasted for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest.