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.
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. :)