I'm posting snippets from a story for this year's Challenge.
If you'd like to read the whole tale, please start with A.
U IS FOR ULULATION
Danielle ran through the neighborhood's backyards and sent dogs to howling. Her hair whipped against her face and tangled as she leapt over fences.
Please let Libby be okay.
She heard a child's scream as she raced across Erik's back lawn and barreled through the glass door. Glass rained over the kitchen floor, and the alarm went off sounding like a dying siren's last ululation. Skating along with the shards, she darted down the hall and took the stairs two at a time to the second floor.
There was another scream and an ominous hiss. Not from Libby's room, but farther down the hall.
When Danielle kicked open the door, she found herself in the master bedroom. A gigantic serpent with a pink bonnet and a baby's rattle clutched in its tail loomed over its victim.
Erik used his body to cover Libby's. Perhaps as his last act, because he didn't appear to be moving.