long fingers in dark shadows

They blend into the shadows but I can see their fingers.

The fingers are easiest to spot, though they can be difficult to distinguish from the tree branches.

I think that’s why they like the trees. Camouflage for limb-branches, gossamer-robe autumn leaves and long, curling finger-twigs.

They rustle the dry leaves when they move in a way that is almost identical to the innocent wind, but if I listen carefully I can tell the difference.

They sound heavier. Heavier and hollow.

I rely more on the sound because they’ve learned how to play tricks on my eyes. They’ll let me catch a glimpse of a hand over my shoulder to make me think they’re farther away when in reality they’re right behind me.

If I’m not careful they reach out and run their fingertips along my spine.


About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.

Categories: flax-golden


Zara · October 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

This is so awesomely spooky!

Marcheline · October 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Erin, I’ve been away and then being visited, and so have missed all your news! Hope you have a blast in London – will try not to be too, too jealous. Will probably fail.

Have you noticed that no one seems to be mentioning NaNoWriMo? I thought it was in November. As in, five days from now. Am I completely wrong? Isn’t it in November every year? Last year all bloggers did was talk about it, and I haven’t seen a single mention of it at all lately.

Hmmmm…… (off to Google)

Tracey · October 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I read your fabulous book last year on Halloween and all I want to do this year is read it again! I don’t know if this is the place to ask, but have you found a publisher for those gorgeous tarot cards you made?

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