#TellTaleThursday: Party’s Over

This was written for #TellTaleThursday with Anshu & Priya. It’s up to 250 words on the prompt. This week’s prompt is “An uninvited guest to a party.” My first thought was “The Masque of the Red Death,” but Edgar Allan Poe already wrote that.

I struggled yesterday to write this. It seemed like a good idea, a good start, but it was feeling forced. Today, it hit me while I was in the shower. I was writing the wrong story. Now, it’s time to right that wrong story.

Party’s Over

“Hey, what are you doing here?”

“I’m here for you.”

“Who invited you?”

“I don’t have to be invited. I go where I’m needed.”

“Needed? Who needs you here?”

“You. You have something on your nose.”

“I’m just trying to enjoy the party.”

“Party’s over. Oops, out of time.”

“Did you just quote Prince?”

“I did. I’ve met him, you know?”

“I know.”

“I’ve met all the greats, Marvin, Aretha, James Brown, Whitney, 2Pac…”

“Don’t you meet everybody?”

“My line of work gives me opportunities to meet all kinds of people.”

“I’m sure. Who’s the most interesting person you’ve met?”

“Kurt Vonnegut.”

“What was he like?”

“Wild, crazy guy, but still logical and rational.”

“I bet.”

“Are you trying to stall me?”

“What? No. I’m just making conversation.”


“Yeah. It’s a party. Loosen up. Is everything always all business with you?”

“Yes. I can complete my tasks more efficiently that way.”

“Come on. You sound like a Vulcan or a robot. Here, you want some candy?”

“That candy is why I’m here.”

“Nice. See? Now, we’re talking.”

“It’s why the party’s over.”

“This? It’s not even that much. I’ve done way more in a single night.”


“No, no, no. Come on. Let’s talk about this.”

“Time’s up.”

“Wait… I’m not ready. I have so much more to do. So many things I haven’t done. I…”

“It’s time.”

“Can’t we make a deal?”

“No. There are no deals, no postponements. It’s time.”

With that, he touched my hand and…


11 thoughts on “#TellTaleThursday: Party’s Over

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    1. I think Death has seen it all. You’ll have to be more creative than sneaking out the back. It’s going to take something creative like flushing yourself down the toilet and escaping through the sewer system.That’s where the story was going, but I ran out of words.

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