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April 8, 2019

Fiction: The Ghost

Sun in an empty room by Edward hopper
Fiction: The Ghost

The ghost stood in the shadows as bright daylight floods the room. Outside a gentle wind blows the cypress trees back and forth without care.

The ghost searches the room for signs of life but finds only itself and the shadows. Still, the wind blows outside. The sky is a desert of gray clouds. The ghost can hear people stirring about but they do not matter to it.

The ghost moves with a docile grace — down hallways, around corners, into openings, up and down the wooden stairs, opening a door here and there — all in vain. The ghost's housemates has gone.

The ghost returns to its room. The sunlight dance on the walls and floors with their happy light but the ghost watches without delight.

All the time that the ghost wanted them to go, it had never thought what it would be like when they are really gone. The ghost sighs with no sound. It watches the sunlight shift and move away.

Time passes and night envelopes the room. The ghost shivers as if it still have a body. It catches a shadow shivering and mirroring its movements. The moon have risen and now shines into the room much like the sun but there is a strange loneliness the ghost could not decipher. It creeps around and passes through the ghost. The ghost looks out the window and up at the moon. There, the moon seems to smile. But the ghost feels all the more lonely. It settles into the shadows.

In a few days or weeks or months, another family will come and there will be more chances for the ghost to make contact. It vow it will try harder and not get into despair if no one sees it.

The ghost does not remember where it have been before, only it had waken one day right here in this room. If it makes contact then perhaps it would find out how to get away from here.

April A-Z Challenge 2019

8 comments:

  1. Poor ghost. Perhaps doomed to a lonely eternity.

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    1. probably...

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  2. Wonderfully inspired story of the ghost. Love the painting by Hopper.

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    1. I love all Hopper's paintings & I sort of want to tell a story for each one of them, I certainly have already written a few.

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  3. I feel sorry for the ghost and hope a new family soon arrives and that he is able to communicate without frightening them.

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    1. I hope so too...

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  4. Poor ghost. I feel so sorry for the ghost, trapped bethween here and there. You described its feelings so convincingly.

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    1. it's not too hard to know that lonely feeling...

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