A short story

For Friday Fictioneers.

Just back from 10 days in Dubai and raring to get writing again!





“Who’s there?”


“Disguise who?”

“Disguise in love with you!”

It was their nightly routine when John arrived home. 

The following evening


“Who’s there and why the funny voice?”  Lea giggled. 


John, you‘re scaring me!”

Lea edged open the door and a man in a hoody rushed in. 

“Get out!” Lea shoved him but he held his ground. He lowered his hood. It was the vile creature she’d escaped from years earlier. 

“I said I’d find you, Lea”.

“What do you want Mike?”

“Stupid question, Lea. You’re coming home”.

Minutes later.

“Knock-knock”. Nothing. “Knock-knock”, louder.

John opened the door. Lea was nowhere to be seen.




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57 thoughts on “A short story

  1. Sunra Rainz Mar 16, 2022 / 10:39

    Oh no! What happens next, Keith?! Enjoyed this 😊 And hope you had a nice time in Dubai ☀️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Vartika Mar 16, 2022 / 10:40

    Poor John.. lea is not there to open the door. Interesting story

    Liked by 1 person

  3. rochellewisoff Mar 16, 2022 / 11:21

    Knock knock.

    Who’s there?

    Me. Rochelle saying scary biscuits this one. Glad you’re back, Keith.



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  4. Michael Mar 16, 2022 / 12:01

    Knock knock…I am thinking that Michael is Russian,

    Liked by 2 people

  5. notestowomen Mar 16, 2022 / 13:00

    Welcome back, Keith. Very ominous story. Wonder what happens next? What will John do?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Iain Kelly Mar 16, 2022 / 14:27

    Not the funny knock knock joke I was expecting… Hope this isn’t a reflection of your time in Dubai!

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  7. Anita Mar 16, 2022 / 16:24

    Sad one. Hope Lea comes back safe.
    From “disguise in love” with her to – the other obsessed guy who found her after 3 years…poor Lea & John.

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  8. Sandee Mar 16, 2022 / 17:15

    It’s a cliff hanger. I want to know what happens next.

    Have a fabulous day, Keith. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. msjadeli Mar 16, 2022 / 17:31

    Terrifying! I hope she was able to leave a clue so he can find her. Welcome back from Dubai!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 17, 2022 / 14:50

      Now that’s a thought, I wonder! Good to be away from that searing heat, but I did have a great time.

      Liked by 1 person

      • msjadeli Mar 17, 2022 / 17:31

        Glad you are back home in your paradise location.


  10. Christine Goodnough Mar 16, 2022 / 20:38

    The tech security folks tell us we should change our passwords once in awhile. Now we can see why.
    Welcome back.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. pennygadd51 Mar 16, 2022 / 21:52

    That’s a sneaky story, Keith, with its humorous start and its chilling ending. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. CGraith Mar 17, 2022 / 00:49

    A streak of terror tales! Feel bad for John so oblivious to his friends demise.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. hilarymb Mar 17, 2022 / 09:59

    Hi Keith – good to see an appropriate story-line … I do hate horrors! Cheers Hilary

    Liked by 1 person

  14. James McEwan Mar 17, 2022 / 16:00

    Should have got a video bell. Looks like Mike intends to keep her and John will have to go looking for her, knocking on many doors.

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  15. Na'ama Yehuda Mar 17, 2022 / 20:07

    Oy. Oy. I think someone’s gotta knock the sense into Mike (and any man) who thinks he can grab someone and drag her with him just because he wants to.

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  16. Bill Mar 18, 2022 / 08:52

    Oh dear, Keith. I see what ten days away has done with your sense of humor. It’s cast a dark shadow. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

      • Bill Mar 18, 2022 / 19:50

        Good to hear that you enjoyed your visit.


  17. draliman Mar 18, 2022 / 16:37

    I wasn’t expecting that – it turned dark very quickly 😮


  18. Margaret Mar 19, 2022 / 09:03

    Oo. I wasn’t prepared for that twist. Mike’s been watching for a while it seems. That makes him even more sinister.


  19. Inside the Mind of Isadora Mar 20, 2022 / 19:34

    How overwhelming for john but ragic for Lea.
    I hope no harm came to her. You left me with the want for more, Keith.
    Have a wonderful Sunday … Isadora 😎


  20. Sascha Darlington Mar 22, 2022 / 22:16

    Alert! Comedian Keith is stranded in Dubai and someone sent a frightening mystery writer back in his place. There might be a reward…. j/k Unexpectedly frightening, Keith.


  21. Snigdh99a Mar 24, 2022 / 11:14

    Very interesting! Kind of hear wrenching though!


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