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What can I say? I’m reading it again (this time to my kids) and I found more.

Everything I Ever Needed To Know I Learned From The Fellowship Of The Rings – Book 1

Always after a defeat and a respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again. *** What a wizard guesses is always difficult to tell. *** I pity snails and all that carry their homes on their backs. *** We all like walking in the dark. *** I don’t keep water in my pockets. ***The road goes on forever, but I can’t without a rest. *** Now far ahead the Road has gone and I must follow if I can, pursuing it with weary feet, until it joins some larger way, where many paths and errands meet. And whither then, I cannot say. *** Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both ‘no’ and ‘yes’. *** If you demand advice, I will for friendship’s sake give it. *** Courage is found in unlikely places. *** I don’t want to answer a string of questions while I am eating. I want to think. *** I don’t rightly know what I want: but I have something to do before the end. I must see it through. *** It’s no good our starting to go in zigzags. That won’t mend matters. *** Rain may fall and wind may blow, and many miles be still to go. But under a tall tree I will lie and let the clouds go sailing by. *** All’s well that ends well, though perhaps we should not say that until we reach our own doors. I’ll not deny that I’ll be glad now when I do.

This is a part of the Halloween Friday Challenge  story writing contest.

Warning: For many of my regular readers, this may be seen as containing fairly dark. Please feel free to skip it.

Comment: My thought is that this is a Halloween story that Bane might have liked, except that it isn’t dark enough.


Local Haunted Yard Decorating Man Has Heart Attack, Dies In Front of Chuckling Onlookers

As horrific Halloween lawn decorator Derrick Nooly experienced an acute myocardial infarction for nearly twenty minutes last Friday in his own yard, roughly twenty visitors watched amused and did nothing, apparently thinking that he was acting the part of a zombie or deranged murderer.

“We thought his staggering and moaning was his attempt at playing an undead homeowner,” recollected witness Joanie Mortor, who arrived on the scene, along with several others, in a Limo as a part of a “Really Frightening Yards” tour of several homes in the metro area, “and we all thought he was doing a great job, managing to keep his balance while walking so off kilter.”

Reconstructing the scene, investigators have determined that setting up twenty gravestones, nearly a dozen orange flashing light strings, and distributing the severed heads, skeletons, giant spiders, mutant aliens and other terrifying items around his yard put too much stress on his system. They believe this is what started the infarction.

“We’ve lost a legend” stated Vince Vincent, President of the Association of Creepy House Decorators Of America (ACHDA). “No one knew how to create bloodcurdling visions of apocalyptic dread like Derrick. He has caused untold nightmares for hundreds who happened to drive past his home in late October for the past fifteen years.  And home prices in the neighborhood have never been cheaper!”

Nooly was pronounced dead in the ambulance on the way to Veteran’s Hospital.


No, I don’t like those yards.

Alright, if this is too dark for you, consider this Coda to the story:

Correction:  Derrick Nooly recovered and did not die in the Ambulance, as was recorded in Tuesday’s Metro Section, but actually is doing fairly well at Veteran’s Hospital. He is expecting to make a full recovery. Our Editors regret any sorrow caused by our error.

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