The House – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by Ted Strutz.
I am still on walkabout in Bonnie Scotland, so this story is a rerun from a couple of years ago.

© Ted Strutz

Click here to hear the author read his words:

The House

There are rumours that the house is haunted.
But who believes that stuff nowadays?
Not a sceptic like me, certainly.
And I have always been quite cynical, right up to when that competitive little thug from Marseille put a bullet in my head.
It is amazing what you learn when you are dead.
Like the truth about ghosts.
Do you know there is no limbo as we understand it?
No, there are houses like this one where it seems that the souls of the wicked just hang around, ineffectual, impotent, invisible.
And over a period of time they rot away, quite painfully, until there is nothing left.

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67 Responses to The House – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Maybe he will be joined by his murderer soon.. the can have some fun while decomposing together


  2. Interesting take on the prompt.


  3. subroto says:

    Fun twist in the middle. He has probably stopped replying to his emails too. When people think he has ghosted them, little do they know.


  4. Bill says:

    Great narration, CE. Now we know, don’t we? Wonderful to read and hear.


  5. wmqcolby says:

    Nice take on the ghost theme. Something new to me. Jacob Marley would be proud.


  6. Sue says:

    Fantastic take on the photo prompt! I loved the twist right in the middle of the story – caught me by surprise, which doesnt happen often 🙂 Bravo.


  7. James McEwan says:

    I am reassured, talking with the dead. I understand that being dead isn’t any different from being alive or are you just hanging around waiting for the thug to turn up.


  8. siobhan1967 says:

    I hadn’t read the original so I’m very glad you reposted. Great story and I hope he deserves his grim ending in the house of ghosts.


  9. plaridel says:

    what can i say, it takes one to know one. 🙂


  10. Is it too late for me to stop being wicked? Sounds a bit hellish to me.


  11. draliman says:

    Urk. It’s not a great life when you’re dead.


  12. A chilling story. I really like the last line.


  13. Paula Sue Bryant, Writer says:



  14. doodletllc says:

    Secrets of the afterlife revealed…troubling secrets…hope there’s a different way. The audio sealed the fate of this tale. Wickedly good.


  15. I enjoyed the voice immensely. I’ll never see houses like this the same way again. Creepy!


  16. So I guess the moral is not to be wicked otherwise you’ll live a wretched life and a wretched death, good stuff, this is why ghosts moan, probably!


  17. Nobbinmaug says:

    That kind of sounds like life. Eventually, our bodies break down until we’re trapped inside, and over a period of time, we rot away, quite painfully, until there is nothing left.


  18. Dora says:

    I renjoyed your audio recording: it gave just that extra bit authenticity to the ghost persona 🙂


  19. pennygadd51 says:

    I loved the phrase ‘competitive little thug’. You somehow imbued it with menace, disdain and out-and-out hatred. Great stuff!


  20. msjadeli says:

    Your guess is as good as any. Interesting to hear from the p.o.v. of the ghost.


  21. I’m starting to feel bad for those ghosts… Even if they were evil 😦


  22. granonine says:

    Rotting away painfully? Sheesh. I think I’ll stay alive a bit longer :). Loved the POV in this story.


  23. Liz Young says:

    Your final line is a real chiller!


  24. Anita says:

    Right from the ghost’s mouth!
    Who knows the truth?
    There’s so much we’ll learn after we are dead…


  25. Oh dear! That churned my stomach a bit. But it’s good to know what happens to us in the after life 🙂 I would be happy as long as I don’t have to meet Trump’s ghost.


  26. Iain Kelly says:

    I remember this one from the first time round – so it must have left an impression. Hope it’s just the prompt that brought it to mind and not your visit to a rather dreich Scotland!


  27. Tannille says:

    Being ignored and invisible the best hell for some. I enjoyed the p-o-v.


  28. Sandra says:

    Grim, grim and grimmer. Always worth a re-run.


  29. trishsplace says:

    Wow! What a vision. Lonely. Great writing!


  30. Dear CE,

    Perfect story to resurrect for this photo. Nicely done.



    Liked by 1 person

  31. neilmacdon says:

    Loved your vision of the afterlife. Ghosts are just people who don’t know they’re dead. If you tell them, they go away

    Liked by 1 person

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