Monday, March 21, 2016


This blog will be posting 
during the 
A to Z Challenge.

The theme is serial killers.

So return in April 
at your own risk.

In the meantime 
enjoy this short story.


The sunrise was beyond words, the colors indescribable. The reflection and refraction of the sun's rays, the ocean, and the great golden orb rising above the horizon were mesmerizing. Well, to most everyone viewing it that morning. Except, Sheila.

Yolanda Renée © 2015

The young woman on the beach practicing yoga took her attention. Sheila had put on a few pounds since the holidays and even though it was early April, she hadn't shed a one of them.

Her visit to the beach wouldn't normally have happened until June, but Sheila hated winter so she made her escape early. This morning while watching the young lady exercise, she caught sight of a good-looking young man. He made the mistake of photographing the yoga girl, and the yoga girl made the mistake of returning his advances.

Sheila hated to have her ire raised so early in the morning but then decided it would give her something to look forward to. She began to plan her next task.

She pulled out her cell phone and made a To Do List. Buy a knife, follow the yoga instructor, slice her throat, and offer comfort to the hottie with the deep blue eyes – were on the list.

Sheila put on her tennis shoes and walked down to the beach. She was pretending interest in the sea gulls by snapping pictures, but she was really watching the young woman. When the woman picked up her blanket and went back to the condominiums. Sheila followed.

Sheila got lucky the young girl lived on the first floor. When she went inside, she didn't lock the door. She didn't even close it. The screen door was all that stood between Sheila and her victim.

Watching from a safe distance, she saw the young woman consume a bottle of water and then disappear into a back room. Sheila followed. In the kitchen, she picked out a butcher knife. She mentally click each item off her To Do List.

In the bedroom, she saw the clothes just discarded by the young woman. Sheila heard the shower spray, and couldn't believe her luck. In her favorite horror movies, the killing of the girl in the shower had always been her biggest fear. 

Sheila had clear shower curtains in her home because of it. She wondered if this girl had the same, but quickly found out that, no, this silly girl didn't. The yoga girl's shower curtains were a beautiful blue-green strip. They matched the accessories in the room.

Quickly, Sheila shed her own clothes and stepped into the shower with the girl. It only took one or two strikes with the knife to kill her, but Sheila took pleasure in her art. She stabbed, slashed, and finally cut the girls throat. She used the extended shower-head to rinse all the blood down the drain.

With the body still at her feet, Sheila showered, washed her hair with the expensive shampoo and conditioner, and then she carefully dried off and redressed. She checked for witnesses and seeing none, Sheila slipped out the same way she'd entered. 


Read the other excerpts of 
Sheila's Murderous Mind 
Just click on the title!

Remember folks - this is all fiction - 

an exercise of the imagination!

I love to hear from you.
Please leave a comment.


  1. That was creepy! But the sunrise in the picture is sure beautiful!

    1. Hi Sherry, thanks!
      I was wondering if anyone was reading these. A new excerpt will be posted Monday. I'm even going to do the A to Z, your comment today inspired me to go ahead. Appreciate it!
      Oh, and I took the picture during our last visit to Ocean City, Md.

  2. amazing and mysterious you have great talen dear pics are lovely

  3. Scary. Good luck with your challenge entries.

    Mary Montague Sikes

    1. Thanks Mary, they will be eye openers. Horrid actually!

  4. Neat! So glad you're doing the A-Z with this one too! Best of luck.

    1. Thanks Nila, I almost didn't, just writing it made me sad. I did my best to keep it factual. But the horror of serial killers is, well, horrifying!

  5. ooh! Yolanda, you had me with this one! I am a Huge fan of crime fiction and throw in a serial killer and I am hooked! This was gripping - and I love your writing style.I just booked the front seats for your posts in the April A to Z Challenge! Love and hugs and make sure your virtual pen's ink is never dry, ever!

    Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

    1. Hi Vidya,
      Wonderful, I hope you enjoy the information. It's truly creepy and had me rethinking my decision. But facts are facts.

  6. Super creepy. Strange how repulsive things like serial killers never cease to fascinate.

  7. Super creepy. Strange how repulsive things like serial killers never cease to fascinate.

    1. So true, their minds work so differently. We're all curious as to why and how they can do the horrendous things they do. It goes against everything natural! Well, in my opinion. :) Thanks for stopping by, Tarmara!

  8. Oh, I'm so hooked. Glad I found your blog. I'm captivated. You grabbed me with your opening line. I also write crime fiction. I just dropped by because I will be traveling all day tomorrow (driving my kids home from spring break trip) and won't be able to visit any blogs on the first day of the challenge and I'm so bummed. We planned on leaving Sunday, but have to head out tomorrow to beat the tropical storm. After finding your blog, I'm determined to get up a little earlier than planned for our 5 AM drive, just so I can try an catch your letter A post. If it isn't up, I will try again when we make it to Louisiana tomorrow night. If not, If I pass out from exhaustion, I will catch up on Saturday. Last year I did an interactive crime fiction story, but this year, I didn't have time so I'm just writing crime fiction related posts. I hope you have some time to stop by this month. I loved your story. Creepy and perfect, especially since I'm at the beach right now and just came from a pilates/yoga session. Kinda freaking me out! I'm not getting in the shower. I think I'll take a bath instead. The shower curtain is clear, of course.

    1. Hi Melissa,
      I do hope you enjoy your trip, and the beach. LOL Sorry about the visions I've left you with, but then again, I'm so glad you read and commented! My posts go up at midnight. And they are short, but, I hope interesting.
      I only own clear shower curtains, have for years, well, since Psycho. LOL I will reciprocate during the A to Z!


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