Haunting

Alexandra stared out the window.  “Why doesn’t anyone come around anymore?”

Hugo said, “I thought you wanted them to stay away.”

Alexandra shrugged. “When papa forbid our union, it was satisfying to watch him succumb to the poison you placed in his tea.  But, then I got chained up in this dreadful tower.”

“Hey, the dungeon was worse,” Hugo exclaimed.

“Okay, okay … anyway … after dying, it was fun to scare the villagers.”

He brushed dangling skin from his eyes.  “At least we have each other.”

Alexandra dragged her chains across the floor and sighed, “The stupidity of youth.”

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I couldn’t help writing a ghost story as Halloween approaches. This week’s photo prompt was provided by “Friday Fictioneers” own lovely host, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  I have enjoyed starting off my weekend by writing a story, for this 100-word writing challenge, for nearly a year now.  If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, click HERE.

 

 

 

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39 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    A Catch-22 I never thought of! Ghosts enjoy scaring so much that no one comes round to be scared anymore, the only way to get them back is to stop scaring them! 🙂

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    1. That’s right! What a conundrum for sure. 🙂

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  2. I love the ghosts are just as normal as we are, hopes and dreams etc.
    Really fun, I like the moaning!

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    1. Thanks so much. It was a fun piece to write too. =)

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  3. ceayr says:

    Yeeow!
    ‘dangling skin from his eyes’
    That was horrible!
    Wonderful, but still horrible!

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    1. So, glad you enjoyed it and especially because you thought it was horrible! =)

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  4. draliman says:

    Urk, “dangling skin”! Poor ghosties 🙂

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    1. Initially I wrote loose skin, but “dangling” is much more descriptive, don’t you think (haha)!

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  5. Liz Young says:

    I’d rather be dead than a zombie – drooping skin? Ugh!

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    1. My sentiments exactly. My husband and son love to go on and on “Now, if there were a zombie apocolypse, we’d do (this or that).” I always insert, “I’d rather be dead!” Love your comment!! =)

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  6. Poor little ghosties. So sad to be all alone with no one to scare. Nice take on the prompt.

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    1. Thanks so much! They have each other, but I think she’s regretting that now. =)

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  7. Dear Brenda,

    I couldn’t help but chuckle. Zombie love. Touchingly hilarious.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. So happy to make you chuckle! =) It was fun to imagine and write.

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  8. Dale says:

    A sad state of affairs indeed for these two… Fun stuff, Brenda.

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    1. In the spirit of Halloween … it was fun to write! =)

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  9. Delightfully horrible ! I agree that the dangling skin was a horrible image ! The ghost couple seemed so laid back and languid. Cleverly done.

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragment. =)

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  10. It cannot be fun when there’s no one around to scare… the visual of the skin was excellent…

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    1. When that’s all you got … =)

      Thanks, Bjorn!

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  11. granonine says:

    Ew. Dangling skin—-agh.

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  12. lisarey1990 says:

    I really liked the take on the prompt. Very original.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa. It was fun to write. =)

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  13. Dahlia says:

    Wonderful imagination Brenda!

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    1. Thanks so much, Dahlia! =)

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  14. jillyfunnell says:

    Lonely ghosts in the house! The dangly skin made me remember An American Werewolf in London. Grisly stuff.

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    1. Oh my goodness, it sure does. I remember that movie. =)

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  15. Priya says:

    It’s a fun prompt. I am sure they laugh after scaring people.
    Enjoyed it.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Priya! =)

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  16. Sandra says:

    The ‘dangling skin’ was a master stroke.

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  17. plaridel says:

    i think they’d become too laid back. need to put back the element of surprise in their repertoire. 🙂

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    1. Yes, they have become complacent so now they’re bored. =)

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  18. Perfect for telling around the campfire!

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    1. A great ghost story for the campfire for sure! I loved doing that when I was a girl scout. =)

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  19. Lynn Love says:

    What’s the fun of being a ghost if there’s no one to scare? Great tale Brenda

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    1. Right? She’s wondering the same thing (haha). Thanks so much, Lynn.

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      1. Lynn Love says:

        My pleasure 🙂

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