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THE BLOODY FINGER

ONCE THERE WAS A YOUNG GIRL WHO WAS BABYSITTING. THE CHILDREN
HAD BEEN PUT TO BED AND SHE WAS READY TO WATCH SOME TV WHILE
WAITING FOR THE PARENTS TO RETURN. SUDDENLY THE PHONE RANG. WHEN
SHE ANSWERED A VOICE SAID, "THE BLOODY FINGER IS COMING FOR YOU."
THE GIRL THOUGHT NOTHING OF THIS. IT WAS PROBABLY JUST A FRIEND
TRYING TO SCARE HER. SHE WENT TO MAKE SOME POPCORN. THE PHONE
RANG AGAIN. "THE BLOODY FINGER IS TEN MILES AWAY," THE VOICE
SAID. THE BABYSITTER STILL WASN'T WORRIED. THEN, THE POWER WENT
OUT! THE PHONE RANG. "THE BLOODY FINGER IS FIVE MILES AWAY."
THE GIRL FOUND A FLASHLIGHT. THE PHONE RANG AGAIN. "THE BLOODY
FINGER IS AT THE CORNER STORE." THE BABYSITTER WENT BACK TO THE
KITCHEN AND FOUND A BUTCHER KNIFE. THE DOORBELL RANG. THE
BABYSITTER WAS READY. SHE TOOK THE KNIFE AND ANSWERED THE DOOR.
A MAN STOOD ON THE FRONT PORCH. HE SMILED, HELD UP HIS BLEEDING
FINGER AND SAID..."HI! HAVE YOU GOT A BAND-AID?"

Submitter comment: THIS STORY WAS COMMON AT GRADE SCHOOL SLUMBER PARTIES. WHEN
ALL THE LIGHTS WERE OUT AND GHOST STORIES WERE BEING TOLD, "THE
BLOODY" FINGER WAS SURE TO BE INCLUDED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROSEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANTICLIMAX

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Formula tale
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