A drabble is a short story of exactly one hundred words with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Pat Bertram has been experimenting with this story form as a way of improving her writing, trying to get as strong an image as possible in just a few words. Here is Bertram’s miniature story for Halloween:
Cuddling her baby, Cassie went to answer the door.
Anna, eyes bright beneath hooded lids, smiled at her. “I came to see my newest neighbor.” She bent forward and peered into the baby’s face. “Oooh, he’s so sweet I could just eat him up.” She held out her arms. “May I?”
Pride welled up in Cassie’s chest. “Sure.”
With a sudden sinuous motion, Anna took the baby, popped him in her mouth, and swallowed him whole.
Unable even to scream, Cassie stared at the bulge in the woman’s midsection.
“What?” Anna gave her a puzzled look. “You said I could.”