Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks so much for joining us! We hope you are safe and healthy.

Well, we’re creeping up to Halloween and so I came up with this challenge:

It’s 2 in the morning. You wake up and you hear a scratching sound. What is it?

Waking up in a sweat, Lisa glanced at the clock. It was the middle of the night, which made the trepidation all the more unnerving. Then, she heard it. The scratching at the window. Pressing her eyes shut, she tried to block out every terrifying ghost story she had ever heard. So close now to Halloween, was her house actually haunted? Were vampires trying to get in? Wait, didn’t they have to ask for permission? What if that wasn’t true? What if they could just…no! she refused to think about it.

There it was again. Only this time it was skittering across the roof. Something was trying to find a way in. But what? Should she grab a weapon? But what kind?

Curling up into a tight ball, she hoped that if she was less visible, she might be safer.

The ringing of her phone cut through the black silence and nearly caused her to jump out of her skin. Scrambling to find it, she answered the call.


It was her boyfriend, thank god.  She gulped before answering, her voice quavering.


“Are you all right?” Concern edged his tone.

“I don’t know. I heard noises.” She hesitated, wondering why he had called. “Is everything okay?”

“I was worried about you. I had a feeling something was wrong.” He inhaled. “Can I come over?”

“Yes, please. I’m okay, just a little upset.”

“Well, that does it. You’re moving in with me. Okay?”

It was the invitation she’d been hoping for. “Okay.”

“See you in a few.”

Cautiously, she get out of bed and peered out the window. A squirrel squawked at her from the eaves and scurried away. Laughing with relief, she realized it was not a ghost or vampire at all. But John had stepped up, her knight in shining armor. This was going to be the best Halloween ever.

And if you want to read something else scary and romantic….

Now let’s hop over the fabulous Jenna Da Sie and see what her scratching sound is…..

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