My response to Medium's October prompt (write a 5 paragraph story with the beginning line "When I got home that night, I noticed the smiling jack-o-lantern in my front yard was crushed.:...)
When I got home that night, I noticed the smiling jack-o-lantern in my front yard was crushed, weeping seedy tears as the garden gnome raised his club for another hit. “Hey! I told you, not to come back here!”
The gnome turned around, smirking. “It’s Halloween, I can go anywhere and do anything I please for the night”.
“Then why are you wasting your time here smashing bitty little pumpkins? Why not collect the other gnomes and march on the big display in the park?”
“Thanks for the suggestion,” he sneered, “Maybe I will. After I ruin the porch!”
I reached behind me and pulled my new acquisition from the seat. “And maybe you won’t either.” With a roar, the chainsaw came to life, and I advanced on the little pest…