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Tim Danvers paced the floor of his dressing room backstage at the Oasis Club. He had all his ventriloquist dolls lined up side by side, sitting in chairs. He was trying to decide which one to use for that night's performance, his first since being released from the mental institution.

Rosie, the club's manager, knocked on the door and opened it. "Five minutes, Mr. Danvers."

"Thank you, Rosie."

One of the dolls spoke up, "She's a bitch! You oughta kill her!"

Tim turned, "Chucko, you know I don't do that anymore."

"No," the dummies yelled in unison, "but we do!"

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    Peter Henderson 7 months ago

    Good scary story

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    Christopher 7 months ago

    Thanks, Peter.

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    Neville Hunt 7 months ago

    Nice one Christopher. The dummies are taking over the dumbo! Scary?😱

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    Neville Hunt 7 months ago

    I meant scary!... no question (mark) about it!

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    Christopher 7 months ago

    Thanks, Neville. It's not a new concept (the Twilight Zone did two episodes about creepy ventriloquist dolls) but the title came to me first and then I wrote the drabble.

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    Drew Martyn 7 months ago

    Made my skin crawl to be honest, therefore I love it. Superb. Do you know the film "Magic" (with Anthony Hopkins)? Great story, but this takes it one step further. :)

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    Christopher 7 months ago

    Thanks, Drew. I saw that movie when I was young, after seeing "Viva Las Vegas" on TV and becoming an Ann-Margret fan, but I don't remember too much about it.

    If the Muse holds out I want to continue exploring some darker content in my drabbles. I'm working on a series about some goth pseudo-vampire teens but with all the medical hiccups lately I haven't been able to devote a lot of time to it.

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    Drew Martyn 7 months ago

    That sounds like a great idea, Christopher, I'll look forward to seeing that. (And good luck again, fingers crossed that it'll work out fine - and quickly)

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    Christopher 7 months ago

    Thanks, Drew. The left leg is starting to recover now. In September I'll start the whole process over with the right leg.

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    Jamie Clapperton 7 months ago

    Genuinely sinister ending. I can hear their voices...

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    Christopher 6 months ago

    Thanks, Jamie.

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