A Generous Donation

A Generous Donation

For as long as I remember, I’ve been terrified of blood. Everything about it makes me physically ill. The way it looks, the way it dries up and even the way it smells. But this year, I had made up my mind. I was going to stop living in fear. I was going to do everything I’ve wanted that I had been too scared to do. It was time to step out of my comfort zone.

And with that in mind, I walked into the building. Sure I was sweating and shaking but I wanted to do something nice. Something generous. So today I was going to donate some blood for the first time in my life. I walked towards the reception where a nurse was already staring at me.

“I would like to donate some blood,” I informed her.

“Um… Ma’am, you can only donate your own blood here…” she explained looking bewildered.

“I see,” I tell her.

“And preferably not in a bucket…” she continued.

“How interesting,” I reply. I sighed and walked away. The one time I try to do something nice. Just my luck, I guess.

About “A Generous Donation”:

I know, this is my second short story this week but it’s the spookiest month of the year and the spookiest day of the year- Friday the thirteenth. And although I hate the movie with the same name, I do adore horror and writing short horror stories. I hope you enjoyed this one and I’m not going to lie, I will definitely be sharing a lot more short stories this month. They’ve been quite fun to write!

Also, I finally watched Halloween Ends. It’s the final Halloween movie. It was as good as I expected it to be lol. With sequels I like to not get my hopes to high. It wasn’t bad or anything, it just wasn’t great. And that’s okay. It was still quite entertaining.

What did you think of “A Generous Donation”? How did you spend your Friday the thirteenth? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear from you. Or simply stop by and say hi!

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110 responses to “A Generous Donation”

  1. This short story made me laugh my head off. It was fun 😀

    1. Lol, glad to hear you enjoyed it.

      1. When I realized what was going on, and that this wasn’t a smarmy feel good about myself type story, it was awesome. I like twists like that 🙂

        1. Haha thanks, I love writing twists. I wanted it to sound really normal until it wasn’t.

  2. Good for you, Pooja! A good thing to do. 😊

    1. Thanks! 😊

      1. ☺️🥰

  3. Mental health day.

    1. That’s great. Those really help.

      1. He seems better today.

        1. Oh good, I hope he feels okay soon.

  4. hahahaa I love this! Great post!

    1. Thank you so much!

  5. Pooja, your writing constantly drives me to read your entire posts. I always enjoy it. Thanks for sharing this exciting post with us😊😊🧿🙏

    1. Thanks so much, really happy to hear that 😊

      1. My pleasure, Pooja😊🥰🧿🧿🙏

  6. I’ve donated exactly once. My then new girlfriend, now my wife, donated regularly, my future brother in-law had won awards for how regular…..so I had to…..and like you, I am super squeamish, but, well I did it. I met her at the donation place, did the prick the finger thing for a test, that was hard..but one drop..went into the room, sat in the chair, leaned back, arm on the arm rest, nurse stuck the needle or whatever and started drawing..I tried to distract myself by watching TV and telling myself that it’s the right thing to do (it so is) I was shaking…and yeah, OMG….but it was done, the nurse came, took the tube out of my arm, put some cotton bating on the hole (I gues that’s what you call it) had me hold it (I hate that part, the blood test part) I stood up, maybe a little quick…the last thing I remember was letting go of my arm, and I think I saw blood spurting, and fainted/blacked out big time. I woke up, smelling salts, lying across a chair, everyone including my girlfriend looking a bit pale..I guess I lost a bit of blood…my arm was taped, and I felt, embarrassed a bit, but okay….had my cup of Coke and a cookie, and bragged about it to everyone I knew…the right thing to do, everyone should…but never again…they kept calling, I told them what had happened…and I know I should get over it at some point and go again……but, my wife kept giving, but eventually stopped, just a few I know do every month….maybe some day..I wonder if there’s someway to get over that fear/squeamishness……and it’s odd, I can watch the occasional slasher movie and be, well, kind of okay

    1. Oh no, yeah I think that happens a lot actually. I think many people faint during or after they’ve donated blood. What freaks me out a little is seeing the blood. It makes me nauseous.

  7. And I thought you actually went for blood donation. 😂

    Interesting work yet again 👏🏻👏🏻

    I haven’t watched any horror movie this season. For some reason I find them less interesting. I mean you know that a ghost or a thing will appear in dark or woods or old house so yeah 😅

    I need to see if I can find an actual spooky movie.

    1. Lol thanks 😅

      I don’t like that kind of “jump scare” horror movies. I prefer murder mysteries, psycho-thrillers etc. Those are bone chilling and often realistic.

      1. Ahh interesting 🤔😃

  8. You had me with this one

    1. Haha thanks.

  9. I really enjoyed the short story. I haven’t seen Halloween Ends yet. But, I will one of these days. I love a good horror movie. I look forward to reading your other short stories.

    1. It’s pretty good although not as good as the original. Thanks so much. I love horror movies too. Especially the ones with an interesting plot and not just mindless violence.

  10. Ha! That’s funny. Here I thought you went for blood donation. In all seriousness though, if you can donate, you should! 🙂

    1. Thanks! Yeah, absolutely blood donations help so many patients.

  11. I have never donated blood. I spent the day at work, talked to my doctor on the phone about the blood test, now going to the concert, i will let you know how that goes. Concerts are not easy for me because they start late. I am usually in bed by 10, haha

    1. Oh wow, have fun at the concert don’t fall asleep lol.

  12. That was a very good twist at the end of the story! And, I have a hard time believing you are terrified of blood… you LOVE horror movies! LOL!

    1. Haha yeah, I don’t love how it looks but it’s not something I would be terrified of lol. Thanks!

  13. Vampires are always into blood donations.

    1. Yes, they love them lol.

  14. I’ve donated blood many times. When I was in med school, we used to donate every 6 months. It is in fact good for healthy people to donate blood.

    1. That’s really great. I agree, it’s so helpful when we donate blood and something we should all try to do.

      1. Till the age of 50 you can donate blood if you’re in good health.

        1. Oh I didn’t know there was an age limit, that’s interesting.

          1. Yes, the capacity of making new blood decreases with age.

            1. Oh, I see. Very interesting.

  15. Another nice story in the the spooky season!

    1. Thanks so much!

  16. Well… atleast you tried

    1. Haha yeah.

  17. This was hilarious, Pooja…

    1. Glad you enjoyed it.

        1. Happy to hear that.

  18. but pooj
    we are blood
    warren time

    1. Lol, mostly water really.

      1. a hoot a bird a fowl. simon says simon cowl. eh?

  19. Pooja 🤣😂🤣

    read more than once 🤭

    too cute… that bucket though 🤣🤍

    1. Thank you 😜

      1. 🤍🤗👌

  20. Well I’ll certainly not be asking you for a blood donation, not fiction Pooj at least😅🥶

    1. Lol, that may be for the best 😅🩸

  21. Great story telling, Pooja! You got my attention with the title! ❤️

    1. Thanks so much! ❤️

      1. My pleasure, Pooja.

  22. […] just read Pooja’s really cool Halloween tale and it put me in the mood to type this real quick. I haven’t enjoyed the spooktober season as […]

  23. Haha!! Took me a minute… 🤣

    1. Haha, thanks!

  24. And not in a bucket!!!! LOLOLOLOL

    1. Lollll, I wanted to make it as crazy as possible!

      1. You did girl! And it was perfect for the season, hell anytime.

        1. Haha thanks!

  25. No blood in a bucket? Too bad. A few years ago, I think in surgery I used up a bucket of blood. Oh, well. Hah!–great story and just right for the season.

    1. People should definitely be able to donate in buckets lol. Thanks!

  26. Very good build up to the surprise ending. Good gallows humor. I think most centers prefer a double size punch bowl but they really prefer if you would drag in the guy in the basement and slaughter him fresh at the desk. That way they can quickly confirm that it’s human blood, and the staff can have lunch.

    1. I see, will keep that in mind for the next story lol.

  27. What a laugh! Was she expecting you to have done what the tribesman does and cut the vein on a cow to drink its blood only this time bring it to donate to a blood collection center? LOL. If not in a bucket than perhaps a plastic zip lock bag would do.

    1. Haha thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Lol yes, maybe next time she’ll try a zip lock bag or maybe a bottle…

  28. You totally reeled me in until the bucket and then it was, wait what? lol. I can picture this as a short video focusing on the horror of the blood donation nurse then cutting to a zoom out showing the donor with the bucket of blood.

    1. Haha, thank you. I was picturing something similar while writing it.

      1. So you tube video of this in the near future?

        1. Lol, maybe…

  29. Haha 😂
    It was a fun little read.

    1. Lol, thanks. Glad you enjoyed it 😅

  30. I loved this You had me going til the very end. This is the darkness you should be writing. 🤣😎🙃

    1. Haha thank you, hopefully more of these short stories coming soon! 😅

  31. This gave me quite a chuckle! I love spooky stories with dark humour.

    1. Lol, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  32. A bucket 🤣🤣. Hopefully it did not belong to the guy chained in the basement 🤣🤣.

    1. I mean, it didn’t not belong to him… 😅

  33. Haha. I’m surprised she didn’t keep this generous person there and call the police.

    1. She definitely called the police behind her back lol.

  34. I read your blog post about “A Generous Donation,” and it’s heartwarming to hear about the kindness and generosity of your readers and followers. Acts of kindness and support like this truly demonstrate the beauty of the online community.

    The fact that you’ve built such a supportive and caring readership is a testament to the positive impact of your blog. It’s a reminder that people from all over the world can come together to make a difference, no matter the distance that separates them.

    Your appreciation for the generosity of your readers shines through in your words, and it’s clear that this donation means a lot to you. Keep up the wonderful work, and may your blog continue to be a platform for connection and positivity.

    1. Thanks so much, glad you read and enjoyed the post.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it.

  35. I could picture the look on the nurses face. Someone walking in with a bucket of blood. And I agree with you that writing horror is fun. Heck that’s why I wrote my book. Speaking of books, you have poetry in both of the books mentioned on your blog?

    1. Thank you so much. Yup, horror can be a lot of fun.
      Yes, I do have poetry in both of them. Also, I saw your book is out. Can you share the link so I can purchase it?

      1. Okay cool. And yes, here is my book link. https://a.co/d/haDzHFR

        1. Great, will check it out.

        2. Just purchased it, looking forward to reading it.

          1. Thank you so much. And sorry for the delay. I’ve been so busy with my job lately and I’ve been so tired when I get home. I’m trying to get caught up on everything but it’s been hard.

            1. That’s okay, I completely understand. Hope all is well with you.

              1. All is good, just working a lot. I hope you have been better.

                1. I’ve been good but got a flu this week so recovering from that.

                  1. Awe, I hope by now you are feeling better. I know it sucks to be sick.

                    1. I am much better, thankfully. Hope all is well with you.

  36. Lol. This is so dark.

    1. I’m going to take that as a compliment lol.

      1. Sorry, I should have been more clear that I did intend it as a compliment. Lol. Great story!

        1. Don’t worry I was only kidding, I knew you would have meant it as a compliment. Thanks!

          1. You’re welcome!

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