Storybook Corner: Just Like Me
I wanted an adventure. I didn’t have the means to travel on one of my dream vacations like Greece or the Amazon River. I decided on something reasonably local. Something with color and history.
My friends declined my invitation to come along. They were too sober and didn’t believe. I went alone.
That was part of my problem. I needed friends with more humor and adventure. Someone more like me.
It was a two and half hour trip, which I timed to purposely arrive at dusk, which is the best time to see the weird.
I found the corner, trees and stop sign. I got out of the car and search the area.
At the end of the street, I found the house.
It was old and creakily and scary looking. Not one window was intact. Doors creaked.
There was nothing strange on the first floor. I walked carefully up wood-rotten stairs to search the upstairs. I even searched the basement.
There was nothing scary. No ghosts anywhere.
To say I was disappointed was an understatement.
I sat in the car and almost cried. I was looking for an adventure. As I stared at the house, I realized I’d found just what I was looking for.
I bought the house and turned it into a bed and breakfast. I even spruced up the corner with the trees and stop sign.
Then I met my business partners. Just like me, they had a vision for the place.
Now when one stops for the sign, they get a genuine scare. A dead man walks the road looking for a ride.
As of yet, no one has dared pick him up.
The house creaks from unseen footsteps. Doors open and close by themselves. An apparition floats through the house and disappears when the lights come on.
All who visit say it’s great entertainment, flawless. It seems so real.
Funny thing. There are no tricks or special affects. The ghosts are real. They just needed a purpose.
Business is great.
Last year, we took a boat tour on the Amazon River. My friends were a bit naughty. They haunted the boat.
Tourists loved it. They thought it was part of the show.
Natives knew better. Thinking the Amazon River was safer they jumped overboard.
We’re leaving for Greece in two days. My friends promise to behave themselves.
I know better. They’re funny and exciting. Just like me.
This in now a longer short story published on Kindle, “My Haunted Bed & Breakfast.”
Adam Ickes hosts a monthly Storybook Corner Prompt. He posts a photo and anyone interested writes a 300 to 500 word short story. April is my first entry to Storybook Corner.
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This is perfect!
You are so kind.
Thank you. ;0)
You are so talented!
So are you. One good reason why we get along. ;0)
Thank you my dear!
I enjoyed immensely the company of your fun and exciting friends. Wishing you a great adventure in Greece.
You make me smile too. Thanks.
Looks like you’ve found some friends worth keeping around. I’d like to hear the shenanigans they get up to in Greece!
Great idea! I’ll have to think on it.
Well, I thought on it and you inspired me again. I rote a squeal to this story and I have an idea for a mother’s day ending,
Hi Phyllis, I’ve found my comments are posting again. In case you didn’t get my comments on your story in my blog, I want to tell you I liked your story. I bet that bed and breakfast did a really brisk business. Visitors probably thought it was like Disney World. XD I hope your character has some great trips with her ghost friends and they continue to behave themselves. 🙂
Patrick, Good to hear things have cleared up.
Not to worry, double compliments are always welcomed. ;0)
This is such a good story – I love it that he wants to find friends that have a quirky sense of humor like his and can identify with that. Sometimes you outgrow your longtime friends or they become fuddy-duddy’s. This was an exciting little mystery – thanks for writing this! I’m going to read your other story on FFF. Thanks for letting me read this! Nan 🙂
Wow. Thanks, Nan, for the great compliment. Hope you enjoy my other stories. ;0)
If you’re interested, I have a follow up on this story. I’ll let you know if you want.
Great story! It’s nice that the ghosts have found some purpose in life (and a lucrative one for the narrator too!).
Thanks. If interested, I have follow up story.
My Greek Vacation.
Just read it! Rounded things off nicely.
Thanks for reading both. Glad you liked them.
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