As they approached the alley, their hearts pounded as strange hollow sounds of their footsteps reverberated through the alley.
"Wh...aa.t's that over there?" Mary said in a cracked voice, pointing at a figure lying in a pool of blood.
The children screamed and scurried away from the alley.
Later, after the police came to investigate, the children were told that it was only a mannequin they saw, placed face-down in the alley with a pail of red paint overturned over it.
"Yikes! I am bound to have nightmares!" said Mary.
Clara Mok [Singapore] is an SCBWI member in Singapore. Mok loves writing and children, so she marries her two loves in children's fiction.
© 2009 Kathy R. Original for CCF. Charlsa H. grants CCF first electronic rights for one month; CCF may archive the material indefinitely and include it in an eBook anthology.