It Happened One Night

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Photo (c) Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It Happened One Night

Words 101

“Hurry or you’ll miss the train!”

Pushing and shoving, they squeezed into the car before Grandpa drove off all by himself.

“It’s so dark and eerie.” Lilly shivered.

“Ghosts live in this jungle.” Rishi said with relish.

“Mamma!”

The car shuddered to a stop.

A blinding darkness engulfed them. Crickets shrieked. Lilly whimpered.

Grandpa opened the bonnet.

“Let me see.” A disembodied voice said.

Rishi dropped the torch.

The engine sputtered to life.

“Thank you.” Grandpa offered money.

“Money is of no use to me.” The shadow moved. “This boy…”

Gasping, Rishi threw off the crushing weight of the Unexplained Mysteries.

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Written for the Friday Fictioneers – a story in 100 words or less. Thank you Rochelle for hosting the challenge and the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.

Thank you for reading 🙂

For readers of Moonshine, here's Chapter 140

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46 thoughts on “It Happened One Night”

  1. Spooky !! Some times I feel, if I encounter a ghost, will I be able to recognize it? I haven’t seen a ghost before ( except the one in the mirror 😉 ) but I have encounter some evil spirits… 😀
    BTW, I was adding mine to the linky when I saw your post. We added our links at the same time 😀

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  2. I’m just a tad confused…if Grandpa drove off by himself, where are all “they” and how did he open the bonnet?
    I still managed to feel spooked!

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      1. “They squeezed into the car before Grandpa drove off ALL BY HIMSELF” – just makes it sound like they are in 2 different cars.. 😊

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      2. Ahh..my bad. I wanted to show that if they didnt hurry Grandpa would drive off to the station just to catch d train which his grandkids were supposed to catch…an impatient man…

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      3. Ahhh. Makes total sense. I reread the sentence. D’oh! Sometimes we read and our brain doesn’t follow… (I think it’s time for me to go to bed!) 😆

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  3. Scary stuff! I like the implication that poor old Grandpa would just go off without them if they didn’t hurry and get in. I have visions of them running after him shouting “Grandpa, stop!” 🙂

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  4. A touch confusing or maybe it’s just me that is confusing:) Some of the action seemed to jerk from place to place – like Rishi in the car and then, I assume, outside holding the torch for Grandpa. The voice confused me also. Was it Grandpa’s voice out of the dark or somebody else? Still very scary and spooky. Well done.

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