The most recent assignment from the creative writing club I belong to:
Take the title of a happy/upbeat song and write a short, horror/crime/dark inspired poem or short (scene, few paragraphs) story about it.
I chose “Good Day Sunshine” by The Beatles…
The steam rising up off the grass wasn’t from the morning’s dew
The revolver fell to the pavement with a metallic thud
He placed his fingers to the side of his neck where they slid through red
He looked at his hand.
The blood on the ground, on the gun, on his hands
Was his own.
Less than 24 hours ago,
he had found his old man’s dusty gun case
No one ever showed him how to use it
His desperation would be his teacher
For he knew it was loaded
Just as his system was loaded adrenaline
He wasn’t sure if any of the bullets fired
hit the man
No, not a man
He lost count of how many times
The vampire bit him.
He collapsed in the grass next to the carbonized body
looking up towards the sun rising now even higher in the sky
he squinted his green eyes.
And understood why ancient civilizations
worshiped the sun as if it were a god
He regained consciousness inside a hospital room
And sat up off of the bed.
It was well past noon.
He was told the paramedics found him
in the grass