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Horror

The sun was shining bright on a hot Saturday afternoon as Helen and Marge played their weekly game of Dominos. They were playing at Helen’s house this weekend, and had cookies in the oven and freshly made lemonade to drink. Helen’s husband of fifty five years was staring at the oven in anticipation. He loved Helen’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. He was practically salivating. 

“Hold your horses Henry! Those cookies will be ready soon enough,” Helen said. Marge couldn’t help but smile. In all the time she knew them, they always had a playful nature. Henry stepped away from the oven and said, “Oh all right. My football game is about ready to start. I’ll leave you two ladies to your game and your gossip talk.”

“He watches too much TV,” Helen said, placing another Domino down on the table, “Sometimes I think that chair of his is glued to his butt.” Marge started to laugh. The oven interrupted their intense game with a sudden beep. “Cookies are ready, Henry!” As usual, Henry couldn’t hear her, so Helen placed a few cookies on a plate and took them out to him. “Thank you my sweet, sweet dear. Mmmm...It's so delicious,” he said, taking a big bite. Helen smiled at him and said, “Well next time, you can get up and get them yourself. You old fart bag.” Henry smiled back, and returned his attention to the TV.

When Helen went back into the kitchen, she noticed that Marge had something on her mind. She knew this because Marge had a constipated look of frustration on her face. “What’s wrong with you Marge? Do you need some prune juice?” Marge replied, “No, not this time. I think I’m just bored of playing Dominos. I think we should do something else.” The idea piqued Helen’s curiosity. “Well, I’m up for ideas. What do you suggest?”

Marge thought about it for a moment. Suddenly, Helen could almost see the light bulb turn on above her head. “I know, how about we try some new hobbies. It’s a popular thing among the younger people,” Marge said. Helen thought about it and said, “Oh, I love it. What do you think about collecting dolls? I used to have some when I was a little girl, and I bet it would be fun.” A big smile lit up Marge’s face. “I think that’s a good idea. We can get started and share our collections every week.”

Over the next week, Helen and Marge had accumulated a large amount of dolls. Helen kept them in the spare bedroom, and Marge kept hers in the basement of her own house. All the while, Henry thought this new hobby was a waste of money. Doll collecting is for children, he thought to himself. 

It was Saturday again, and Helen and Marge got together to talk about their collection. This time Marge could tell something was bothering Helen. “What’s a matter with you? Are you feeling alright?” Helen looked very depressed. “I don’t think collecting dolls is working for me. Henry thinks it’s a waste of time and money.” Marge thought about it for a while, and that old light bulb lit up again. “Well, how about you try something new? You should try to get into Bonsai trees. It’s all the rage you know.”

Helen thought about it and said, “Oh, I love it. Are you going to try it too?” Marge replied, “No, I think I’ll stick to doll collecting. I really like it. You have to do what makes you happy. So if a hobby doesn’t work, you can always change it. There’s no harm in doing that.” Helen thought this idea was fantastic.

Over the next week, Helen had purchased several Bonsai trees along with all the supplies to go with them. These extra supplies included pruning shears, wire, and little Bonsai bowls to put the trees in. She worked hard on this new hobby spending several hours a day pruning the trees, and shaping the branches with wire. Henry once again started his complaining. “This new hobby of yours is costing too much money. What’s gotten into you?”

Helen decided to call Marge and let her know what was going on. Helen said, “I like the Bonsai trees, but it’s too hard to keep up with.” Marge listened to her complaints and said, “Well, if it’s too hard, you should try something else.” Helen thought about it for a moment and agreed. “I guess you're right, but what should I try this time?” Even though they were talking on the phone, Helen could hear that light switch click on. Marge said, “You like movies don’t you? I think you should start collecting DVDs.” Helen thought about it and said, “Oh, how I love it. That’s a great idea. Plus, I can get a lot of them in the bargain bin down at Wally’s General Store.”

Over the next week, Helen had bought so many DVDs, that she didn’t know where to put them. They were even piling up on the kitchen table. Henry had put up with this new bad habit long enough. He decided that he needed to have a nice long talk with her. 

Helen was sitting at the kitchen table putting her DVD’s in alphabetical order, and Henry decided that it was a good time to have that conversation. He sat down next to her and said, “Honey my sweet, sweet dear...I think you’ve gone too far. You know I try to support you in whatever you do, but you’ve gone too far.” Helen looked at him with a surprised look because she knew it was true. She listened as Henry continued, “This whole hobby thing is too much. I think you have OHD.”

Helen replied, “What is OHD?” 

“Obsessive Hobby Disorder,” he said.

“That’s ridiculous. I don’t have that. Where did you come up with that?”

“It’s a real thing, honey. You have somehow developed a psychological disorder.”

Henry could see that he was getting under Helen’s skin because her face was turning red. Her face only turned red when she was mad. “You keep starting and stopping these stupid hobbies, and you don’t seem to stick with any of them.” He pointed at the DVDs on the table. “Take these movies for example. We have Netflix, you don’t need all of these movies!” 

Helen took offense to this comment and said, “Well, Netflix doesn’t have all of these movies. I checked, and they only have a limited amount of content-” Henry cut her off, “That’s not the point Helen! Do you have any idea of how much money you have spent? You are burning through our retirement savings, and I can’t let you go on with this craziness!” 

Helen started to feel the room spin, and thought for a moment that she was losing her mind. Henry got up from the table and before he left the kitchen he said, “I’m very disappointed in you Helen. You don’t even make me cookies anymore!” He walked out of the kitchen saying, “I’m done with this conversation. I’m going to watch TV.” 

Helen thought that this was the last straw. She rose up from her chair so fast that one would have thought a fire had started. She walked after Henry, grabbing the meat mallet from the kitchen counter. Henry was about to sit down, when he felt a big thud on the back of his head. He stared straight ahead, and felt a warm liquid ooze run down his face. He fell down to the floor. He rolled over trying to see what had happened. The blood was spilling into his eyes now and he was seeing double. 

He saw Helen throw the meat mallet on the floor. She went back into the kitchen and came back out with a big knife. Henry knew his cell phone was on the end table next to the TV. So his main concern other than Helen trying to kill him, was to get that phone and call for help.

He started crawling towards the table in the desperate attempt to reach the phone. He was almost there when Helen yelled, “I don’t care about money or your damn cookies! I’m tired of you telling me what to do!” Helen started to laugh and continued on, “You are right though...Collecting DVDs is not working for me, but guess what Henry? Thanks to one of those movies, I learned a new hobby to start. It’s about a serial killer who collects bones. It’s called “The Bone Collector.” Henry looked up at Helen who was now standing right on top of him. In utter horror, he saw two Helens raising the kitchen knife high above her head. “I thought I would start this new hobby with you, my dear!!” The last thing Harvey saw was the light reflecting off the knife as Helen drove it down.

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It was Saturday once again, and it was time for Helen and Marge to get together to talk about their collections. The conversation was light and fun as usual but Marge noticed that Henry was nowhere to be seen. “Where’s Henry?” Helen gave her a warm smile and said, “Henry is in the guest room. He is helping me with my new collection.” Marge smiled back and said, “That’s wonderful. I’m glad he is finally willing to support your hobbies.” Helen got up from the table and said, “Come with me. I’ll show you what I’ve been up to.”

They both went into the guest room, and Marge saw a skeleton propped up against the wall. The skeleton was held together with Bonsai wire, and was holding two things. In one arm there was a baby doll, and in the other was the DVD “The Bone Collector.” The top of the skull had been cut off and a Bonsai tree was planted there. Marge looked a little startled but asked, “Is that Henry?” Helen laughed and said, “Yes it is. He’s never looked so good!” 

They both started to laugh, and Marge noticed the time was getting late. “Well, I hate to go but my old man will be getting home soon. He’s been golfing all day, and I need to get started on dinner. He’s such an ass. Won’t you join us? I think you’ll find Stanely to be a nice addition to your collection.” Helen looked surprised and said, “Oh, how I love it!”


The End 


Daniel R. Hayes


January 29, 2021 18:32

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Michael Boquet
14:16 Feb 04, 2021

Neat little horror story. I like that you tied the other hobbies in to Henry's skeleton at the end. Nice touch.

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Daniel R. Hayes
15:29 Feb 04, 2021

Thanks for reading my story, I'm glad you liked it. Putting all the hobbies together at the end, came to me as I was writing it, I thought it would be a cool thing to do.

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02:11 Jan 30, 2021

Oh, this one was the best horror one yet! No cliche-ness and I just feel like applauding the way Marge didn't make a fuss about the whole thing, and how the couple was a really happy one at the beginning It all added to the trill and surprise! All of your stories are awesome and can I suggest that maybe writing something non-horror for this week 'cause reading horror once in a while is biting into a bread loaf and finding a gold coin and reading horror always is like trying to eat gold, to me atleast. But write what you feel like writin...

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Daniel R. Hayes
02:24 Jan 30, 2021

Thank you so much for reading the story. I'm glad you liked it. I agree with your comments. Sticking to one genre is not always fun. As a writer, I like to write different things. In fact, this week was the only one that I wrote horror (4 Stories). I have some other stories on here that are sad, funny, and even some romance. I like to mix it up. So, this next week I don't think my stories are going to be in the horror genre. I appreciate your feed back. Thanks :)

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02:31 Jan 30, 2021

Oh, I have read those stories as well, all your stories have their special creative aura. Yes, writing in one genre only is horrendous, I have made that mistake, you know. #waiting for more awesome stories.

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Daniel R. Hayes
07:31 Jan 30, 2021

Thank you so much for reading my other stories. I do try really hard to put out great stories that people on here might like. It means a lot that you are looking forward to reading more. I also think you are a great writer. I'm sure you have plenty of ideas that have yet to be written. I will definitely keep an eye out for more of your stories. Keep writing my friend ;)

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10:18 Jan 30, 2021

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Daniel R. Hayes
03:06 Jan 31, 2021

#waiting is over, new story now live. Hi, just wanted to let you know I put out a new story. If you get a chance to read it, I hope you like it. I will keep an eye out for your new story as well.

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02:31 Jan 30, 2021

Oh, I have read those stories as well, all your stories have their special creative aura. Yes, writing in one genre only is horrendous, I have made that mistake, you know. #waiting for more awesome stories.

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Kelly Dennison
20:38 Mar 24, 2021

Oh, how I loved it ;) I saw the doll collecting in the beginning and thought it was headed into that territory! What a surprise ending! Great job :)

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Daniel R. Hayes
20:39 Mar 24, 2021

I loved writing this story. I know it's dark, but everything just clicked in the end. It was a good feeling seeing this one come together :)

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Tia Jackson
16:08 Feb 01, 2021

This was crazy good. Like I hate reading horror because I get scared really easily but this one was so worth it. Congrats and can’t wait to read more from you

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Daniel R. Hayes
15:27 Feb 04, 2021

Thanks for the great feedback, I'm glad you liked the story. I always try to put something special in my stories.

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Nancy Drayce
16:48 Jan 30, 2021

Even though I know you like to write horror stories and like to have characters seem good but end up psychos, I truly had no idea that this story would end like it did! It is an amazing twist! When I started reading I really got the vibes of a cute story but it quickly turned upside down! And I really liked how you Incorporated all of her hobbies in the end. Amazing!! 💜🌟

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Daniel R. Hayes
17:13 Jan 30, 2021

Thank you so much, I'm really happy that you liked this story. This past week I wanted to explore the darker side of the human personality. When I read the prompts, I thought about how I could create something different. I came up with the idea for the first horror story, and was flooded with many more ideas. I ended up writing 4 stories this past week, and it even surprised me, because I was only going to write one ;) My other stories don't fall into the horror genre, but I do like to put my own unique style in there. The horror stories wer...

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Nancy Drayce
17:16 Jan 30, 2021

Ahaa, that is interesting! I will read your others stories too soon! I am now even more interested to read them 😊 Hope you'll have a great day!! 💜🌟

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Daniel R. Hayes
21:38 Jan 30, 2021

Hi, Nancy, I wanted to thank you for taking an interest in my stories. I work really hard to come up with great ideas. I also think your stories are wonderful. I noticed you wrote a new one, so I will definitely go check that out. I hope you have a great day as well :)

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Nancy Drayce
21:42 Jan 30, 2021

Of course, Daniel! That is what Reedsy is for so readers and writers like you and me can connect and share their craft with each other. That is why I love this community so much!! And hope you'll like my new story! 😊🥰

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Daniel R. Hayes
22:02 Jan 30, 2021

Hi Nancy, I just read it, and I loved it. I left a comment for the story.

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