1st November, 2013

Zax rested his head on his elbows in front of a blank page of the workbook. He looked around the room at the other boys and girls, some scratching their desks with the leads of their pencils, others rocking their chairs on their hind legs. All falling into the dull rhythm of the cogs of the clock as they turn to tick away the time. All the more he was convinced that there is no nine-year-old in that corner of Putnam Public School who did not wish that they could be somewhere else. Ordinary kids would have preferred to sit with the other Third Graders who are either carving pumpkins in Mr. Barrett’s Craft class or listening to Ms. Hennessey tell the story of Ichabod Crane in English class. Ms. Hennessey has a garnered a reputation for being a great storyteller, you see. Any other day of the year is good for her staples but this day deserves her very best. Because nothing is more effective in bringing schoolchildren to rapt attention, sitting at the edge of their desks, than a good old ghost story told on Hallows’ Eve. The same does not hold true for Zax, but he cannot argue that any would be much better than working out his multiplication and division in Mr. Pruitt’s Math’s class.

If anyone would only ask where he most wanted to be, Zax would readily say, ‘Home’. On Valentine’s Day, the young zombie had taken a quest to learn about being human. It was a lonely road that would have been lonelier if Voodoug had not kept him company. Now, for the first time in eight months, he will be coming home for the annual Zombie Family Halloween reunion. Barely able to contain his excitement, he closed his eyes and imagined how it would be like in his great-great-great-grandparent’s Estate once more for the event every Zombie looks forward to all-year round, heralded by the familiar-


“The nights are long on Hallow’s Eve! Welcome to the Scarecrowe Town!”


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  1. AHHHHHH!!!!!! *runs and hides*

    • Share your hiding place with me too!

  2. Things went downhill the minute I clicked that damn link… :-O

    • I hope it was worth it :<


    • Too early for Halloween? Methinks NO!

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    • Thanks, dear 😀

  5. Zax in class is exactly me. Especially math class :-)
    Their halloween is like our xmas

    • You and I have that in common, Amanda. I’m fortunate that my Maths teacher is cool, but even that served as little motivation for tackling Discrete Maths.
      And yes, it’s been almost a year since Zax began his journey. Can you believe it? How time flies…

  6. My math teacher’s name is mr pruitt! sounds very nightmare before christmasy

    • Say hi to Mr Pruitt from Zax and co! Burton was a major inspiration, I have to admit. Nightmare before Christmas is a suitable movie from Oct 31 all the way to Dec 25 :) Masterpiece!

  7. This post is so not getting enough love. Can I just say, the graffiti filter on this is cool =)

    • It is not, indeed. Zax’s boring moments in class need some recognition too! And what an eagle eye you’ve got Breta. You noticed it first!

  8. AHHHHHHH I don’t exactly know where to comment hahah but the sound freaked me out! Lovely work. I see you put a lot of effort into all of this art and the diorama setup 😀 and it really pays off! I love this cute pic of zax and my favourite are the macarons! It looks so cool with the riveted bolts. HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM IOWA!

    • You realised my evil plan, Chester? There’s nothing scarier than haunted typewriter sounds 😐 Preparations like this, however tedious are always incredibly rewarding and there’s nothing better than receiving words of encouragement from all of you. Happy belated Halloween from Neverwhere! :)


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