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Deep Clean for Halloween

This year's Fall Writing Frenzy offered a number of photo prompts. Here is my entry, with the image that sparked my story below. Let me know what you think!


Deep Clean for Halloween

by Jamie Donahoe


“Bath time!” Grandma called


“Let’s get you two rascals into the tub. Remember to use Body Wash!! Scrub-a-dub. I want those bones of yours clean!”


The two boys dutifully came in from playing in the leaves, discarded their muddy clothes and boots, and trudged up the stairs to the bathroom.


Liam carefully added six drops of Pumpkin Spice Body Wash to the water and clambered into the old fashioned bath tub. His brother landed next to him with a plop and a splash. They scrubbed gently and then harder. The dirt of their day floated away.


They scrubbed and scrubbed, and scrubbed some more. They giggled as their skin sloughed off and dissolved in the murky water. The boys scrubbed even more deeply. The more they scrubbed, the more muscles, tendons and organs all fell away, swirling and turning the bathwater into a molten mess.


When they were as clean as clean could be, they climbed out of the tub, toweled off and clunked down the stairs where Grandma waited.


“There you are, my handsome bundles of bones! It’s so nice to see the real you again. Happy Halloween!!”



Halloween- Credit: Brian Wangenheim for Unsplash


Complete contest information and details for the 2022 edition of the #FallWritingFrenzy are on Lydia Lukikis' website.



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