Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
T.G. Reaper would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

PAYIING THE PIPER

By T.G. Reaper All Rights Reserved ©

Horror

Chapter 1

PAYING THE PIPER

TGREAPER

  Robert looked out his bedroom window, hoping for impassible snow drifts. He needed a breather from the office. All thoughts of frozen precipitation fled his mind when he was greeted by the sight of the two gentlemen in top hats and tails digging a hole in his front yard. The taller of the two men had his back to Robert, but the shorter one was staring right up at  him, lips pulled back from blackened teeth in a vicious grin that told Robert everything he needed to know about the purpose of that deep, dark hole. It started to snow.

  Robert half ran, half stumbled out of the bedroom and into the hallway. He ran a few steps, the image of the madman’s grin burning in his mind. He tripped again at the top of the steps and tumbled down to the first landing. He laid there for a minute, trying to get the strength to stand back up again. Finally, he crawled back to his feet and ran for the back door. His feet pounded the linoleum and he nearly crashed into the back door. He steadied himself, grabbed the knob and threw the door open. The two men stood in the doorway, both smiling.

  They stared at each other for a full minute, Robert’s heart beating hard in his chest. The pair parted like the red sea, revealing a large wooden cart with a human form wrapped in a bloody sheet. Wide eyed, Robert staggered between the men and walked over to the cart. He pulled back the sheet and stared down into his wife’s lifeless eyes.

  “Mr. Henderson, time to pay the pipers,” the tall man said.

  Robert closed his eyes and covered her head. “Was it quick?”

  “No, Mr. Henderson,” said the short man. “She suffered a great deal.”

  Robert stared at the couple, and then pulled out his wallet.

  “Well all right! Nice work boys!” Robert took out a wad of hundred dollar bills and handed them to the tall man.

  “Thank you, Mr. Henderson,” the tall man said, counting the money and handing half to the short man.

  “Okay, boys, plant her in the yard,” Robert said. “You boys coming tomorrow night for poker?”

  “We’ll be here,” the short man said.

  “Good. Give me a chance to win some of that back from you.”

  “The way you play, that’s doubtful, Mr. Henderson,” the tall man said, grinning ear to ear.

  “We’ll see about that. You Pipers have a safe ride home.”

  Robert went back inside, leaving the Pipers to finish their gardening duties.


Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, T.G. Reaper
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.

Dina Husseini: I loved this story. It was so great that I did not expect it to be this awesome. I swear to you this deserves more than just 5 stars. Beyond amazing. Kept me wanting more and I felt exactly like Emma felt while reading. Although in the beginning I did not expect anything to happen. Then, when som...

BFIrving: A first rate story and well crafted, the blend of horror and action worked very well indeed and had me turning page after page. When not actually reading it, I found myself thinking about it which is always a good sign.There are quite a few grammatical and spell-checker errors but nothing anothe...

harry142018: This story was gripping and very professionally written. With lots of twists and slight of hand tricks, the author deceives the reader until finally showing their cards at the end. With several subplots all intertwining to create the main plot, this really is an interesting and engaging read.

Dina Husseini: What a story. It may be short and small but it is mighty and massive in creativity. However, I did not feel any romance in the story rather than a lot of horror. It was a great read and I cannot wait to see what this author has next on the agenda. Sometimes short stories have the best content and...

Hemanth Thiyagarajan: MA'AM the story was really good as well as the plot and your catchy writing style.Would i were give a rating it would 9 out of 10A few drawbacks were that you hinted about the upocoming danger in the nd of each chapter of the beginning i felt that it was not necessary only once you could have put...

Pam Lobato Ceja: The plot is interesting although for me the ending feels a bit rushed, since a lot happens in very few pages. I did notice a few grammar mistakes here & there, but nothing too noticeable.Overall, I enjoyed this greatly.

Shantell Murphy: I absolutely love this . I have not read a book by my choice since first grade I am in 9th grade now and I love this book . its suspense is really good . it's alot of foreshadowing witch is cool . it gives a thrill and excitement to the book .

Ayesha Shaikh: I love the twists. 😆I like how the writer describes everyone's point of view and the character development. I'm gonna read all the books by this author (current and upcoming). She's one of my favorites now. The spelling mistakes are normal no big deal, the amazing plot makes up for it. Thank you ...

More Recommendations

Dina Husseini: To be honest I never knew you could make a fantasy this scary. I really enjoyed reading your story. At first to be honest, it was a bit boring but then it got so interesting and fun and (also you even scared me at times). I would really love to see this story on the big screen. It does deserve sc...

Tony Lee: Great ideas. Some mistakes here and there, but not too much to break the immersion :) This was my second book here, and I'm pretty satisfied! Well I can't think of anything else to write so I'm just gonna fill the space up with random words. Magazine holder sidney sheldon first bible shack tom ha...

M. Drewery: I was scrolling down the story list and stopped on Happy Days because I was briefly reminded of the TV show. I started reading the blurb and thought 'oh no another Zombie story' except it ended in the best possible way. Now I'm drawn into a fresh take on the zombie apocalypse, which takes a much ...

Erica Mifflin: is very very neat and is one of my favorite novel of all time I want more stories like this please write another one. I love it so much thank you for your stories it was like a good book to my heart and I want more stories like this

Jason Phang: I'm pretty new to Inkitt (this is only my 4th book) and I must say I've been thoroughly impressed by the quality of the authors here. Remnants of Chaos is an excellently written book that hooks the reader, and doesn't let go. There are some grammatical and typographical errors, but nothing too se...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.