The Strawman is Coming

This for Friday Fictioneers 100 word challenge

Gather firewood, lay it straight.
Hurry now, don’t be late.
Light up the fires, build them high.
See the flames reach up to the sky.
Let them burn all through the night,
Let them burn and don’t take fright.
For the Strawman is coming, coming tonight, coming to take little children away, coming take you away.”

We thought that was just an old wives’ rhyme, something the old folk would sing to keep the little ones in place, something to sing to somewhere between Baa Baa Black Sheep and Old MacDonald.

But it isn’t and last night the Strawman visited our village.

The children are gone, taken away.

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9 Responses to The Strawman is Coming

  1. Sun says:

    hey now…this is going to make me think before rattling off some ol’ nursery rhyme. 🙂 it’s interesting how these rhymes come about. good story.

  2. Sarah Ann says:

    Love the contrast of nursery rhyme with the adult perspective of what has happened. It makes this even more unsettling. Really good story.

  3. Diana Duncan says:

    So nothing left for the Pied Piper then?

  4. Yikes! Very eerie.
    I have a lot of respect for writers who can rhyme like this, ya’ll are amazing!
    Well done.

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