Short Story Sunday: Green Man

As Chloe walked her dog on the cold November morning, her mind turned to the holidays.

Why was there yet ANOTHER remake of the Grinch? Why couldn’t they just leave it alone. No. Somebody just had to make another piss poor remake with another famous voice. She thought of how wonderful Boris Karloff had voiced the original story – from the original book. Boris Karloff. The Body Snatchers was such a wonderful movie. Not exactly a holiday movie but she loved it. It was one of those comfort things like so many old black and white movies.

The dog Piper, a medium Lab mix, sniffed around at some bushes. Buck the large German Shepard growled under his breath. Piper raised up her head and leaned in against Chloe.

A man in a green jumpsuit stood at the end of the road by the edge of the woods. He had a small dog with him.

Chloe took off her sunglasses. The man had a green face. What in the world? 

By now both of her dogs were going nuts. The man just stood and stared at her. His dog wagged it’s tail.

She turned and pulled her dogs down the street away from the woods towards the neighborhood houses.

“Come on babies,” she said to her dogs. She then texted her husband. I saw a man who was dressed like the Grinch. It creeped me out. The dogs went nuts. 

At home Chloe put on the kettle to boil, and took out a cup for tea. She opened the pantry to find it bare. WTF?

She heard a noise coming from the backyard and looked out the window. WTF?

Climbing over her fence was the green man and his dog. He had a large black garbage bad over his shoulder. A string of Christmas lights hung around his neck. Her favorite pair of tights was tied around his waist. WTF?

Her dogs went crazy barking. She let them outside, but by then the man was gone.

As she called 911 she wondered if they’d even believe her. She took out her phone and took photos of the odd footprints coming from the fire place, the kitchen floor trailed with spilled pasta, and the empty pantry.

Oh Boris, what have they done she whispered under her breath and waited for the Sheriff Officers to arrive.


~ end



At 5:30 a.m. the moon sat behind the oak trees, large but hiding from me. I see you.

I imagine the Werewolves were celebrating. We took the dog for a walk. She ran and drank from the fountain at the school down the street. She even kissed a friendly cat who always comes out to greet walkers.

I watched Ghosts dancing in the field under the oaks and the bright moon, with no music except the quiet of the night.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

The joys of early morning…

While I can appreciate sleeping in (or in the case of a lot of Vampires going to bed at first dawn), I adore the wee hours of the morning.

This morning I took coffee and the dog down to the park and walked along the trail under the oaks and digger pines. A few dogs barked. I could hear the cars in the distance across the bridge, but what I concentrated on was the birds.

There is no more beautiful music than the songs of hundreds of song birds in the first morning light. I can’t even describe it. Next time I’ll take my phone with me and record it.

We’ve got a busy day ahead…skate practice, shopping for the week, a check on the elders, a birthday party…and maybe end the day with…well, some Vampire business (oh come on guys, remember this IS a Vampire blog – we’re going on a hunt).

Things to DO for everyone:

  • Don’t forget to set your clocks back if you do Daylight Savings Time.
  • Don’t forget to do at least one random act of kindness.
  • Don’t forget to do your reading and cast and INFORMED vote on Tuesday.
  • Call your parents.
  • And never forget to hug your kids and tell them you love them!
  • Tell your mate/husband/wife/partner that you love them too!

~ Juliette