They Came for the Children

I am not sure where this prompt came from. I have more than a few craft and prompt books, plus I am always searching the internet for new ideas. It join my list of go-to prompts about 5 years ago, and it is always a big hit. In my summer workshops for teens, I offered this prompt to the middle school and high school youth. They had 20 minutes to write and then we shared our first drafts.  Below is one from Lucas. He changed “They” to “He” and  we had the pleasure of hearing him read his story with a British accent!


He Came For The Children
Written By
Lucas Cabeza

He came for the children. It began on a cold October night in Barnes Common, London. A group of young boys were playing tag in a cemetery there. It seemed like fun and games, just running about through the tombstones. Unknown to them, they were being watched by something terrifying. Suddenly, one of the boys heard rustling in a bush behind them. They were then terrified to see a dark figure jump onto a mausoleum.

The figure jumped down from the mausoleum and the boys were horrified at what they saw. It appeared to be a tall man, with a dreadful appearance. He was wearing a helmet on his head, goat horns, bat like wings, and eyes that glowed red-hot like the Fires of Hell. Underneath his wings was a tight fitting white bodysuit similar to the texture of oilskin. The man scared the boys off and attacked the one who first noticed him.

The child screamed as the attacker spit blue flames into his face and clawed at his jacket. The attacker scratched the boy with his metallic claws and cut his back severely. The boy screamed and the local groundskeeper came to his rescue. The groundskeeper chased off the demonic attacker with a shovel. The boy was taken to a doctor where his wounds were dressed. After that, a series of attacks happened all over England.

The attacker was described as devilish in appearance, much like how the boys described him. He continued his attacks for a long time. There were so many reports that they gave him a name: Spring Heeled Jack, the Terror of London. His attacks continued until one day they stopped. No one was ever prosecuted, and no one found out who he really was. Some say he still lurks in back alleys of London, waiting for his next victim…



My name is Lucas Cabeza and I am a senior at Wilson High School. My interests include horror and science fiction stories and writing. I was glad to be at the workshop because people got to see my writing talents. It was a pleasure to also hear other people’s stories as well.



One thought on “They Came for the Children

  1. Whoa I do remember that prompt 😀 I like his version, very vivid and engaging. It must have been fun hearing it in an accent.

    Thanks for sharing. Love Nita

    Anita Grant Author of The Heart Talk book

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