F3 Week 12: Are You Feeling Lucky?

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Today can be the most frightening day of the year for some. Superstition is the belief in supernatural causality – that one event causes another without any natural process linking the two events. Common superstitions range from ‘if your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you’ to ‘evil spirits cannot harm you if you stand inside a circle’; the latter most likely making it somewhat difficult to get through the day.

While it’s true that most folks scoff at superstitions, there are many we encounter in our daily lives, most times without even realizing it. For instance:

  1. More than 80% of high rises lack a labeled 13th floor
  2. Many airports skip the 13th gate
  3. Airplanes have no 13th aisle
  4. Hospitals and hotels regularly have no room number 13

The list goes on. The number 13 has its own oddities attached to it too, such as, having 13 letters in your name means you’ll have the devil’s luck. Ridiculous, right? Well, Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy, and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names. Interesting, yeah?

This week, let’s explore superstition. Get to writing, and in the meantime, don’t walk under any ladders while a black cat is walking away from you.

Good Luck with your story!

Prompt: Share with us a tale involving superstition

Genre: Open

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, November 19, 2015

Post your story on your blog or website and provide a link to it in the comment section of this prompt.

About Evan Henry (257 Articles)
Evan Henry is a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, where he works on the legacy of eugenics and scientific racism in American pop culture. As Head of Publishing for Black Ship Books he seeks to further social analysis of popular culture and develop new and unique voices in both creative and critical writing. His credits include Broken Frontier, the Virginia Literary Review, and numerous small publishers of fantasy and science fiction. His short story collection The Great City will be released this summer.
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