K is for Keraunophobia, The Fear of Lightning

          The wind had picked up in the last hour.  What was once a friendly ruffling of the boy's sandy, blonde hair quickly became an insistent tugging at his clothes, almost shoving him forward as he hiked back to camp, as if the gusts were imploring him to seek shelter.  As … Continue reading K is for Keraunophobia, The Fear of Lightning

M is for Merinthophobia, The Fear of Being Bound

"This is what you get for listening to your hormones," she growled to herself. Rolling her eyes, she loudly proclaimed in a mocking falsetto, "Oh, Astrid! It will be so romantic! Just follow that gorgeous, complete stranger to some god-forsaken jungle teeming with all manner of dangerous creatures, and I'm sure all of your most … Continue reading M is for Merinthophobia, The Fear of Being Bound

L is for Lysssophobia, The Fear of Rabies

"Ugh!  Get that filthy thing off the porch!"  Jessica squealed.  In one smooth motion, she hopped back behind Addie, and glared daggers at the small, furry creature scurrying about on the wooden deck.  As if realizing it had an audience, the beast turned, reared up on its hind legs, and peered sorrowfully at them through … Continue reading L is for Lysssophobia, The Fear of Rabies

J is for Judeophobia, The Fear of Jewish People

She crouched by the window, and separated the wooden blinds just enough to allow her to observe the man loitering at the end of her walk.  He didn't look like he was a Jew, but appearances were notoriously deceptive.  That's why they used to wear the star, so that there could be no question of … Continue reading J is for Judeophobia, The Fear of Jewish People

I is for Insectophobia, The Fear of Insects

"Hey Stan," the plump woman seated at the front desk called over her shoulder.  "I got a live one for ya.  200 East Elm.  The lady on the phone's practically hysterical, so you better get over there right away." "All right, Doris," Stanford Moye responded from the office with a weary sigh.  "I'll take the … Continue reading I is for Insectophobia, The Fear of Insects

H is for Hematophobia, The Fear of Blood

Please don't let there be blood.  Please don't let there be blood.  Please don't let there be blood.   Beatris Hammonds chanted the mantra in her head as she looked in dismay out her storm door at the child crying on her sidewalk.  She had seen the little boy fly headlong off his scooter when … Continue reading H is for Hematophobia, The Fear of Blood

G is for Gephydrophobia, The Fear of Crossing Bridges

Melody stopped short when she saw it, skidding her cruising bicycle to a halt.  "No.  No, no, no.  There's another way around, right?" Susan laughed, twisting around without stopping her forest green mountain bike to call to her friend.  "Come on.  It's just on the other side.  You have got to see this view." Melody … Continue reading G is for Gephydrophobia, The Fear of Crossing Bridges

F is for Felinophobia, The Fear of Cats

"There it is again," Aaron whispered to his friend, Joey.  "See it?  The stupid thing's just sitting there staring at us.  Throw a rock at it, Joe." "No.  You do it."  Joey was grateful that his voice didn't betray his jitters.  At least, he didn't think so.  Aaron probably wouldn't notice in any case, intent … Continue reading F is for Felinophobia, The Fear of Cats

E is for Eosophobia, The Fear of Daylight

The bone-white sliver of moon was barely an inch above the line where the Earth kissed the nighttime sky when Bert Tucker awoke with a start.  His breath was labored, his brow dappled with sweat the stale air could not blot away, and his cobalt blue eyes were wide with panic. "What time is it?  … Continue reading E is for Eosophobia, The Fear of Daylight

D is for Decidophobia, The Fear of Making Decisions

"Did you ever notice that Rosie won't ever choose anything?" Joseph asked his mom and dad as he shot an accusatory glare at his little sister.  When he was certain his parents weren't looking in his direction, he punctuated his allegation by sticking out his tongue at her. "I do, too!" Rosie retorted.  Her blue … Continue reading D is for Decidophobia, The Fear of Making Decisions