The Official Writing Challenge
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Somehow, this reminded me of Poe's "Masque of the Read Death". Very interesting piece.
Ahem...make the RED Death :oops:
Interesting allegory!

I was a bit confused by the vaugeness of the first few paragraphs, but once I got into the swing of things, I enjoyed it very much. Would have liked a bit more falling action...

This had a creepy feel to it--very well done with the atmosphere!
The generalness of the first paragraphs made me think this was a story about any party. It wasn't until I got to the end that I realized it was an allegory. IMHO, I think I would have felt the impact of the MC's actions at the party and the "special guest" more if the allegory had been revealed somewhat sooner. Great creativeness on the topic. :)
Oh, you got me--and that's what pride often does.