Thursday, January 13, 2011

Flash Fiction Friday: Week #22

Amy C over at Romance Book Wyrm and Dottie over at Tink's Place
have come up with the idea for a Monday Morning Flash Fiction challenge. Each Monday a new picture prompt
will be posted and if you choose to participate - you post your story on Friday - 350 words, give or take. 

And here is picture prompt #22:


Don't Fear The Reaper
By Michelle Greathouse

She had always loved this place: the architecture, the flowers, the calm feeling that came over her when she heard the water lapping gently at the rocks.

As a child Kariss had looked forward to the summer and her month long visit with her grandmother.  She felt like a princess living in her very own castle.

When her parents divorced she found solace in the calming serenity of Lexington Manor, and when her long time boyfriend proposed marriage, Kariss could think of no happier place to celebrate.

She packed an over night bag and met Thaxton at the marina, they would take his boat into Lexington Cove.  Kariss loved the water and loved being on the boat with Thaxton.

When the storm clouds blew in, she and Thaxton were confident that they would make it safely to the Cove before the storm broke.

They were wrong.

The storm arrived so suddenly and it was so strong, they did not have time to prepare.  Thaxton grabbed the life jackets and ran to Kariss just as the boat capsized.  Thaxton surfaced quickly, but he could not find Kariss.  With difficulty, he strapped on the life jacket and began searching for Kariss.  The wind was so strong he was thrown into the side of boat and knocked unconscious.  

Thaxton was found several hours later by the Coast Guard.

Kariss was never recovered.  

But sometimes, on those long hazy nights of summer - you can see her walking around Lexington Manor.  It was, after all, her favorite place, her refuge - even in Death.

The End

Okay, so a little ghost story.  :)  I hope you like it.

I am so lost without my computer - I truly hope I get it back next week.  :)



Anna said...

Great post! :) Hope you get your computer back soon. Hope the weather is better for you too. We got snow today and there is more on the way.

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Michelle!

Excellent little ghost story, I very much enjoyed it. I love that she at least gets to haunt the place she loved.

Hope you get your computer back soon, I would go insane! As for the weather... Spring can't get here soon enough... Hope the snow stays away from you! It's been so cold and snowy here!

Dottie :)

Dottie :)

Amy C said...

I'm with Dottie, I like that she is now haunting her favorite place! Nicely done ghost story :).

Blodeuedd said...

Great ghost story :)
I wonder if Dottie will write one too. Now that would be fun if we all did.

And poor you, I would be lost without my computer

Michelle Greathouse said...


I am so lost without my computer. I do believe I am so sad I don't even want to read. I may need therapy. LOL The weather has cleared up in my part of the woods - it is just bone chillingly cold.


Thank you. :) The snow is farther north - we had mainly ice - but it is melting nicely now. I am so glad. I hope I get my computer back soon as well...I am lost without it. LOL


I am so glad you have some spare time now. I'm looking forward to reading your flash.


That picture was made for ghost stories. :) And I am sad about my computer - hoping to have it back before too long. We had a pretty good snow/ice storm and everything was shut down Mon & Tues, that put the computer guys a couple of days behind.

Have a wonderful weekend ladies.


Julia Rachel Barrett said...

You poor thing...I can tell, you're haunting that staircase like a ghost! Come back to us soon!