Homestead

The hound-dog howled.  The front door slammed.  Hannah shot up, startled from sleep.  “What was that?!”

Her brother, Caleb, chuckled, “It’s a ghost. Now, go back to sleep.”

The next morning, Hannah rose with a sense of melancholy at being back at the homestead.  With their mama gone, she and Caleb must decide what to do with the property.  Coffee in hand, they made their way toward the porch. Hannah stopped abruptly, sharply inhaling.  Scratched into the wooden floor by the front door was the word Sell.

Peering over Hannah’s shoulder, Caleb shrugged, “I guess we have our answer.”

~~

“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  The challenge is to write a story, using only 100 words, in response to a photo prompt.  This week’s photo was provided by Yarnspinner. It has been a lot of fun to join this fantastic and encouraging group of writers!  If you would like to read other superb Friday Fictioneers’ stories, click HERE.

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. JT Twissel says:

    It’s only a ghost! Oh my.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! Was it a ghost? (muahaha)

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  2. draliman says:

    A ghost… or does one of them want to sell and snuck out in the middle of the night to do a bit of graffiti? 🙂

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    1. Haha..good observation! Maybe Caleb? Or the ghost of their departed mama? =)

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  3. LucciaGray says:

    Or someone who wants to buy the house and wants to scare them out? I loved the story. It has a great ‘open’ ending…

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    1. Hmm…that’s a possibility too! Thanks so much for commenting. =)

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Sell, and sell quickly. And don’t mention this incident to any potential buyer!

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    1. For sure … and sand down the scratches or cover it with a rug. haha

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  5. Dale says:

    OOohhh… Brenda! That was spooky… Not that Caleb thinks so!

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    1. He took it all in stride. I imagined that’s what my brother would do. haha

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  6. Oh goodness, that was spooky – loved it!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. So glad you found it so and thanks for commenting! =)

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  7. Sounds more like one of those real estate investors who reads the obits and preys on grieving families. Good story.
    Tracey

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    1. That’s one possibility, so sad. Thanks so much for commenting, Tracey!

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  8. Dear Brenda,

    I guess the house really is haunted. 😉 Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Haunted – yet helpful! =)

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  9. lisarey1990 says:

    Very intriguing. Wondering whether Hannah or Caleb done it unawares to themselves.

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    1. Could be! Thank you for commenting. =)

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    1. … and get out of there as quick as possible. =)

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  10. jillyfunnell says:

    Sand it away quick as you can and get out of there.

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  11. They have their answer and no option, I think

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    1. For sure, and now they need to sell and run! hehe

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  12. James McEwan says:

    Somebody wants them out. A cliffhanger ending. Nice read.

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    1. Thank you so much, James! =)

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  13. granonine says:

    Ghostly Mama leaving them a message? I think I’d definitely sell 🙂

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    1. For sure! Thanks for stopping by. =)

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  14. Susan says:

    I think mama is controlling things from beyond. Nice job!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! She might have been a little bit controlling even before. =)

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  15. athling2001 says:

    Sounds like a good idea to listen.

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