Beware the Harvest Moon

Fiction for Tuesday


The harvest moon hung low on the horizon, orange and large, just coming up.  Adam ran along the trail enjoying the brisk evening air.  He always ran in the evening, fewer people around.  On this evening, as Adam ran he noticed a figure ahead walking in the middle of the trail.  As he got closer to the figure he noticed it was a woman, small and slim with long black hair.  He moved to the left to go around her, but it was as if she knew he was there and also moved to the left blocking his path.

Adam then moved to the right starting to get a bit frustrated and the woman moved to the right.  Adam pulled up just in time to avoid crashing into her.  The woman slowly turned around to face Adam with a slight smile on her face, amused that she had caused him to stop.  She had creamy white skin with pale blue eyes that seemed to glow in the moonlight.  Adam choked back an irritated response to the woman who caused him to halt his run.

She took a step toward him and laid a hand on his chest and looked into his eyes, Adam felt frozen in his body waiting for her to say something.  This was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen in his life.

The woman smiled slowly, leaned in close to his chest and spoke softly, “I’ve been watching you for a long time, waiting for the right moment to speak to you.”

Adam nodded unable to speak, wondering why this beautiful woman had approached him and why was she watching him?

The woman’s voice almost a whisper said, “I know much about you and want you to know me.”

Adam stood mesmerized but finally found his voice, “Why do you want to know me?”

The woman laughed softly, “Oh Adam, you are the man I want.  I have chosen you to be with me forever.”

“What, wait what are you talking about?  Be with you forever?  I don’t who you are or even your name.  How can you just say you have chosen me?”  Adam tried to take a step back but found that he couldn’t move away from her.

“Tonight is the one night that we have to walk this earth and choose a mate.  I choose you.  After tonight you will know an eternity with me.  You will learn all about me in time.  You will learn to love me and appreciate the gift I am about to give you.”


“No!”  Adam screamed but no words came out, he stood frozen unable to move as the woman moved in and wrapped her arms around him.  She lifted her face up to his and placed her lips on his.  Adam felt a strange sensation, like his body was growing lighter.  He looked down at the woman and watched as her face changed from beautiful to ugly with red glowing eyes.  Her fingers became claws with long razor sharp talons on the end.  The talons pierce his back ripping the flesh and shredding the skin.  The pain and agony of his back being shredded was nothing compared to the feeling of weakness, his heart pounded in his chest.  His heart exploded then Adam felt nothing anymore.

After a brief moment, Adam was gone with only a small pool of blood on the running trail.