Author's Note: This is a collection of unrelated short stories I wrote for the OSWC2020 (October Spooky Writing Challenge 2020) on Tumblr. If all goes well I'll write a new story every day in October.

Tainted

[OSWC2020 Day One: Tainted]

DAY ONE

Saw curious blue lines on the kitchen floor. Don't remember them being there yesterday. Must ask if someone spilled paint there. (Addendum: no one will admit to making those marks.)

DAY TWO

Blue lines are brighter and clearer today. Went down to the basement and looked for source. Nothing. Tried scrubbing them off. Didn't work. They left blue marks on my hands and now I can't wash those off either.

DAY THREE

Now there's a faint blue tint to the kitchen walls.

DAY FOUR

Still can't get blue marks off my hands. It's reached my wrists now. The lines have stretched out of the kitchen and are now half-way across the hall.

DAY FIVE

Went to the doctor about my hands. She said not to worry. It's just dye that will wash off in time. Tried again to scrub away the lines. The others helped this time. Still no luck.

DAY SIX

Now everyone else has blue on their hands. The lines have covered all the ground floor. I think it's spread further each time I look.

DAY SEVEN

Dye has spread up my arms. Writing is hard today.

DAY EIGHT

hand r cold,,,, cAn berly wrtie Too

[Rest of entry too garbled to be deciphered]

DAY NINE

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DAY TEN

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