All You Can Eat

All You Can Eat is a scary story about a young boy and his father.

All You Can Eat

When I was a child, my father always used to say, “If you kill something, you eat it.” I suppose that sounds reasonable enough, but my dad always took things a bit too far.

I remember the first time it happened. I was only 3 years old. I was stomping on ants. “Scrape them up and eat them, Son!” he growled. I wouldn’t do it. I cried and tried to run away, but he grabbed me and shoved the ants into my mouth, one by one. Afterwards, I threw up.

One day, when I was 4, my father caught me pulling the wings off flies. “You can eat them now or eat them later,” he said. I started crying, but he picked up a fly and made me open my mouth. Then, he dropped it in and forced me to swallow it. For weeks afterwards, I thought I could feel the fly buzzing around inside me.

When I was 6 years old, I made a bow and arrow out of a stick and a piece of string. I was running around the backyard, shooting arrows into the bushes when a bird flew by. I accidentally hit it and it fell to the ground at my feet. My father was watching at the window. “Bring it inside!” he yelled.

My dad made me watch as he plucked off all the feathers, cleaned the bird and gutted it. Then, he tossed it in a pot of boiling water. When it was cooked, he put it on a plate and set it down in front of me. It looked like a tiny little chicken. “Now eat it,” he ordered. Tears rolled down my cheeks. My father stood over me and made sure I ate the whole thing.

My dad wasn’t all that bad. He bought me a puppy for my 8th birthday. A few months later, he decided to teach me how to drive a car. As we were backing out of the driveway, I heard a crunch and hit the brakes. We got out of the car and when I saw my beloved pet dog, squashed under one of the rear wheels, I fell to my knees and burst into tears.

“You know the rules,” my dad said.

I started shaking my head and crying, “No! No! No! No!”

My dad picked up the dead dog, but I took off running into the fields. I spent the next two days and nights sleeping rough in the woods. I was cold and hungry, but I didn’t want to go home.

On the third night, I waited until it was late and all the lights were out. Then, I climbed in the kitchen window as quietly as possible and looked in the fridge.

All of a sudden, I heard my father’s voice coming from the darkness. “Your dinner’s on the table,” he said.

He flicked on the lights and nodded to a big platter on the table. There lay my pet dog, roasted to a crisp, with an apple in its jaws.

I tried to run, but he grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and pushed me down on a chair. I couldn’t stop screaming and crying, but he didn’t care.

Picking up a knife and fork, my father carved pieces off the dog and put them on my plate. He made me eat until I felt my stomach was about to burst.

Something inside me snapped that night. I couldn’t take it anymore. Then and there, I began plotting to run away.

Early one morning, just before dawn, I got dressed and packed a bag. Then, I quietly opened my bedroom door and tip-toed into the hallway.

Standing at the top of the stairs was my father. He had been waiting for me.

“Going somewhere?” he chuckled.

I tried to run past him, but he stepped in my way. I accidentally slammed into him and he lost his balance. Everything seemed to happen in slow motion. I watched my father fall backwards and I reached out to grab him, but I missed.

He tumbled down the stairs, hitting every step on the way down and landed at the bottom with a dull thud. I ran down the stairs to try and help him, but it was useless. His neck was twisted at an odd angle and his dead eyes stared up at me. I started crying uncontrollably.

I was still crying as I switched on the oven and went out to the shed to fetch the axe.

Comments

  1. Devil_on_the_moon says

    And where’s the mom. What happed to her. Did the father eat her?

  2. Devil_on_the_moon says

    He didn’t want to listen to the father. So why did he eat the dad when he didn’t have to?

  3. DemonicQueenzilla says

    I would run away and never return. So now he gets to eat his father :D

  4. xXxGrrrrRawrxXx says

    The father set him up for eating the pup…who tries to teach an 8 yr old how to drive? Knew it…knew he would “have to” eat his father.

  5. Saliq_Khan says

    He was probably going to cook it and feed
    them to wild animals of the forest to cover up
    the murder. Think positive guys.

  6. Never_saw_em_again says

    kinda weird ending.. He dies.. That’s all? His Father’s soul should return and tell him to eat his body (as @Username_Invalid said).. But great story overall.. 7 out of 10 eaten ants

  7. Username_Invalid says

    I knew the poor dog was going to die. And I didn’t mean to be rude by saying that. I thought the ghost of the father would come and tell his son to eat his body. Nice story, though. :)

  8. BlackWidow5704 says

    THAT BRATTY KID KILLED A DOG?! HE’S LUCKY HE’S IMAGINARY!!!! Serves the father right for making the kid eat the dog. Nasty cannibal. That whole family is effed up.

  9. Scarysiblings says

    Oh my. I would never imagine myself eating those. Well, maybe except the bird. But ants, flies, a dog? No way. Never. Even if it would be the only food in the planet. Maybe his grandfather treated his father like that too? How bout his mother? Where is she?
    Good story :) 10/10 dead animals.

  10. PurpleGirlTheHorrorFan says

    Oh god… That’s disgusting! The ants, ok. The fly, OK. The bird, still ok, because if you eat chicken, you can probably eat that. But the DOG?! REALLY?! Gross! *gags* He might as well become a cannibal and eat his own father…

  11. FAN OF SCARY FOR KIDS says

    I think it is a ritual that the family is following from years. We may think the boy’s father is cruel but it can happen that his father must have experienced the same in childhood. But it was disgusting to eat a dog! If now the son follows this and ask his children to eat what they kill then that would be really bad. One way to stop one generation should not follow this. But the fathers are really cruel because what they have experienced in childhood they are taking revenge of it on their children! So bad
    And what about the boy’s mother? Was she accepting this?
    Anyways good story.

  12. TamasakiLion says

    @izaya i don’t think its a curse its more like the father learned it from someone else who learned from someone else

  13. Saliq_Khan says

    He was probably going to cook it and feed them to wild animals of the forest to cover up the murder. Think positive @izayafan :D

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