Walk On

The Champions Who Walked Among Us

THE WEP’S THRILLER CHALLENGE, OCTOBER 19-21, 2022, THE CABBAGE PATCH By Pat Garcia @WEP @pat_garcia


WC: 169

Kate often wondered what lay behind the big red barn. She took a look at the face of her watch. Three in the morning. She had a flat tire and didn’t have any mobile reception. Leaving her car, she walked towards the barn to see if a house was on the other side of it.  

A large cotton field with sixty-inch rows with no end was behind the barn and circling to the other side. Between the rows were patterns of squares laid out like a checkered board.

What kind of seeds can be planted between cotton in the shape of tiny squares? 

Her curiosity got the best of her, and she stopped and walked in that direction to look and see.

Reaching the first square, Kate gasped. 

This cannot be, she thought. 

Tiny little heads of babies, the sizes of small miniature cabbages, were planted in neatly placed squares. Severed from their bodies, the moonlight showed their eye sockets with tiny wildflowers growing through them.

Have a lovely Autumn and be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia

26 Comments

  1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    What in the world? Pat, your imagination has run amuck.
    Very good!

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  2. Ooh, I can picture this so easily. This reminds me of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. They are often pictured growing in a field. But wildflowers growing out of their eyes? That IS creepy. I want to know more!!

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  3. EEK! what an image!! Glad I’m reading this in the morning and not at night! Well done 🙂

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  4. Very well done! Horrific imagery. I love it!
    Happy Halloween, Pat!

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  5. Your story definitely IS a thriller – YIKES!! Happy Halloween!!

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  6. A very spooky setting! This story works as a flash, but it could also be extended into a longer piece.
    I think it was three years ago when my October WEP had a character believing that he saw a field full of severed heads, but they turned out to be pumpkins. One day I’ll get that story illustrated and release it.
    ~Ornery Owl~

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  7. This is pure horror. Great entry for the theme.

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  8. DEFINITE horror. Which may haunt my dreams.

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  9. Hi Pat! Now that was casually gross! Well done for Thriller! You totally nailed the thrilling part!

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  10. Nilanjana Bose

    Just terrific. Superbly done in a teeny tiny word count, brava!

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  11. Hi Miss Pat,

    Now that’s what I call a chiller thriller. It’s the thing nightmares are made of. Great job of instilling fear with few words. Thanks for a terror-ific read.

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  12. Highly imaginative, Patty. I like your description of the cotton field; something I’ve seen only maybe once or twice. Thank you! Keep writing. I enjoy reading your stories. Happy Halloween! 🎃 –Carol

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  13. Highly imaginative, Patty. I enjoyed the cotton field description; I have seen a cotton field maybe only once or twice. Keep writing! Your stories are captivating. Happy Halloween! 🎃 –Carol

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  14. Ouch! What an image! This one will stay with me . . . despite the horror, flowers are blossoming.

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  15. lgkeltner

    Yikes! I’d be plagued with nightmares the rest of my life if I saw something like that! Terrifying indeed!

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  16. How dreadful Pat ! What we sometimes discover when we look under the carpet ! Thank you, be safe too. Happy Writing.

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  17. hilarymb

    Hi Pat – oh my goodness that was horrific … I’m glad it’s not dark! I regrettably shall remember this tale … not at all happily – gruesome to put it mildly. Excellent tale – congratulations … loved it (perhaps!) – cheers Hilary

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  18. Yikes Pat – perfectly horrible!

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  19. I came back to read again Pat. So well done in so few words.

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  20. Can’t say I’d like to be in her shoes.

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  21. Oh my, Pat. I had my heart in my mouth!

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  22. Yikes! What a nightmare image.

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  23. Crikey! Powerful imagery.

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  24. Mary Aalgaard

    EWW! I’ll never look at Cabbage Patch babies the same way again!

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  25. hilarymb

    Hi Pat – congratulations on your win … ghastly thought … Cabbage Patch Babies … not fun – but so clever from your imagination – cheers Hilary

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