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Sunday Photo Fiction: The Horsemen’s Head #flashfiction #amwriting #SleepyHollow


Thanks to Alastair Forbes for hosting SPF. 

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Credit: A Mixed Bag – Alistair Forbes

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Ichabode Crane was observing the dim forest when he noticed the bald head buried beneath the tree of death. Each morning it was Ichabode’s job to discover what the headless horseman had left behind from his nights decapitating helpless citizens.  

Today he found two headless corpses half-buried. He shivered thinking of the literal trail of blood that often followed the horseman. 

Though Ichabod was a medical doctor, he’d never found any heads attached to the bodies the horseman discarded. His heart pounded and he began to sweat as he clawed the head from the ground with his fingers. 

The hair felt dirty and greasy. The waxen skin was warm and he was sure the head had soulless eyes beneath its lids. While he stared, Ichabod’s hands shook. The blood running from the head’s eyes, suddenly, caught his attention as they began to open of their own accord. 

Coal eyes with pupils as red as poppies, alerted Ichabod this head belonged to the horseman. Ichabod drank from his trusty flask, whiskey and opium to numb him. 

But perhaps he drank too much. When he awoke, the head lay on his lap and Ichabod rested against the horrid tree. The moon exposed him and his opium veil faded. He felt too alert. The head’s mouth fell open revealing carnivorous teeth. 

Soon, the thundering footsteps of the black horse and the armed body of the headless horseman could be heard. He screeched as the horseman took one slice at his neck, but then, Ichabod offered the horseman the head. 

The horseman dropped his sword and went to his knees on the ground. He took the head in his gnarled hands and placed it on his neck. The horseman growled, a sound of rage in a demonic tongue. 

He gazed at Ichabod, “Run, go now. I will spare you for returning my head. Everyone else in Sleepy Hollow will join me in death.” 

Ichabod had never considered himself a coward but he ran anyways, never peering behind him as screams filled the night. 

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©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved.  

10 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: The Horsemen’s Head #flashfiction #amwriting #SleepyHollow”

    1. I don’t think it would’ve helped anyone. Would’ve just made him panic. He doesn’t know how to stop this horseman its superhuman and evil. Plus he’s a coward so he runs. But had he stayed or warned anyone he would’ve meant the same bloody fate. Glad you liked one of my most fav movies.

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      1. Ah, I read a little bit of the book a while ago but I got distracted with another book. Perhaps, I should take another shot at the book. From what I read, yes, the book is very different from the TV show.

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    1. Thanks Glad you enjoyed it. One of my all time favorite movies is “Sleepy Hollow” with Johnny Depp and Christine Ricci. I think that adaptation was based on a book. Also, the original Disney cartoon sleep hollow is quite scary. I wasn’t impressed with short story this was all based from though. Being a bit of a coward in the movie, I did try to make him one here.
      Thanks I’ll fix the errors. Appreciate u pointing them out.

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      1. Yep 🙂 I played a game series on my XBOX called The Wolf Among Us. It was where fairy tale people went after Happily Ever After land was built on. The sherrif was “Bigby Woolf” (Big Bad Wolf) and his assistant was Snow White. The mayor was the very cowardly Ichabod Crane.

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