Avatar Author: Jim Stitzel I dabble a little in a lot of things -- writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I'm a full-time code-wrangler and a part-time farmer with 40 acres, a lot of animals, and far, far too much to do. Read Bio

He helped her up from the floor. She was bruised, bloody, and shaken. Whatever had happened here, it had been violent and traumatic. The room was a study in chaos.

“You alright?” he asked. No response. Her gaze was distant, focused on something far from here. He tried again. “Hey! Look at me!”

She did.

“Are you alright?” She nodded, tentative at first, then more emphatically. “Good,” he said. “What’s your name?”

“S- Sarah.” Definitely in shock.

“Ok, Sarah. It’s ok, now. I’m going to get you out of here.” She sagged against his shoulder.

“Can you tell me what happened?”

He felt her nod. “Attacked.”

“By what?” No response.

Something crashed in the other room. He made her look at him again, helped her focus.

“Ok, Sarah, this is important. The thing that attacked you, it might still be here.” Fear flashed in her eyes. “Can you tell me what it looks like?”

Her face clouded with confusion.

“I- yeah, but it doesn’t make sense.”

“It’s okay. Just tell me.”

“It looked like a pair of folded purple socks.”

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  1. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I wasn’t originally going to contribute to this challenge, but then that last line popped into my head today, and suddenly I had the foundation of a story. Sometimes, an idea just needs time…

  2. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    yep, stories simmer. And what a traumatic event for the poor girl! :P

  3. Avatar Passionsocks

    I laughed.I read it as a recent story, without realizing it was part of the challenge — The ending took me by surprise.

  4. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Ironically, the ending wasn’t meant to be humorous — but I can certainly see why it would be.

    The girl’s in shock. The thing she saw looks like a pair of folded socks but obviously isn’t. :)

  5. Avatar The Note Writer

    Ha! That was hilarious. I thought she was attacked by socks! Cool.

  6. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Hey, it could go either way, I suppose. If you don’t wash your laundry on a regular basis, maybe those socks could rise up as a new living organism. And it would be very, very hungry. :)

  7. Avatar MaryTheCreativeGirl

    I had a serious face throughout the whole thing, and then as I read the last line, I burst out laughing. :) Awesome job.

  8. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Heh, I’m glad you liked it! :)

  9. Avatar H.S. Wift

    @ Jim’s penultimate comment, I could totally see that happening! If you have socsks that are PURPLE, you never want to take them off! I urge every purple sock owner who sees this comment to buy a second pair and keep them in roataion! For the good of mankind!

  10. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    And for your feet! I mean, if they get hungry enough…

  11. Avatar Tad Winslow

    The culprit must be that ambiguous purple McDonalds mascot thing! No one knew what he was or why he existed… until now.

  12. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Oh! You’re talking about Grimace! I always thought he was related to Barney.

  13. Avatar JC Tovil

    Grimace Barney this story creeps me out… attacking socks?? Is no one safe?

  14. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Only those who keep up on their laundry…

  15. Avatar cthulhuburger

    The ending was bizarre, but it struck me as more disturbing than funny. The protagonist may be able to protect her against a human attacker, but clearly this is something else. Very dark and well done.

  16. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Thank you, sir! Bizarre is sort of my specialty. :)

  17. Avatar MaryTheCreativeGirl

    Congratulations!! YOU WON!!

  18. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Thanks! This was fun!

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