Dear Eliza-

No matter what you might think, I don’t believe in ghosts. Yes, I know when you came to visit you heard strange wailing sounds all night long. Old houses do that. As I told you, it was probably the plumbing or just creaky floors. I’m used to it, sleep like a baby every night. You really didn’t need to run screaming from the house in the middle of the night. All the neighbors saw you and now it’s the favorite conversation at the pub. They don’t need any more encouragement; they’ve been talking about that ghost for as long as I can remember.

Townspeople say her name is Abigail and she was a servant at the manor, that she bore a child from the unwanted advances of the master. When the baby was born, the master turned her out. Or at least he tried to, but instead of leaving, she jumped off the roof leaving her new-born baby in the care of the saddler’s family. That’s just the kind of story that pub-crawlers would make up. It’s silly, don’t you think?

Now that you’ve had time to think about it, I’m sure you’ll agree – there are no ghosts here!

Your friend-
Caroline

I put the letter in an envelope, sealed it with wax, and put it in the silver tray for out-going mail.

“There, that will get them going.” I turned and smiled at the beautiful woman in the long, old-fashioned dress. “Eliza is a notorious gossip, so we can count on her to spread the word. It’s time the larger world heard the story!”

My dead mother Abigail flitted around the room, practicing her scariest wailing sounds. She had already scared everyone away so that I could buy the manor for a song. Now we would turn the house into an inn, spread rumors and get rich!

We both collapsed laughing, already counting the profits from the No Ghosts Here Inn.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
2 years ago

I smiled when I read your story, ha, ha, how fiendishly funny. I didn’t expect the ending, very clever. I could see you writing a detective story.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
2 years ago

Wonderful! Sounds like the perfect place for a holiday and some very interesting staff 🙂

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musing mind
musing mind(@musing-mind)
2 years ago

So humorous. A very good read.

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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson(@susan-dawson)
2 years ago

I was with Eliza in being roped in on the ghost, but good idea to turn the ending into humour.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

What a great story, Fuji! I love the idea of using letter writing as part of the story. It gave you an opportunity to explain the background to the story to the reader in a haunting way. It also has the advantage of drawing in a third person who is assigned an important task for what’s going to happen in the future, outside your mysteriously painted canvas. Good job! The ending is totally surprising and very humorous at the same time. I made me want to wish Caroline and her mother best of luck with their project!

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Ngozi Andrew
Ngozi Andrew(@ngozi-andrew)
1 year ago

Oh my God, the letter writing angle was genius and the twist at the end, I love that. I laughed when I realised that Aby and Caroline were trying to use the town gossip for free advertising. Fuji, you are a terrific writer.

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Leena Auckel
Leena Auckel(@leena-auckel)
1 year ago

Very creative…I loved how you intertwined horror and humour! Thumbs up!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Very entertaining. You made me laugh while reading your story. Good job Fuji ?

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