Worse Than Death


Worse than Death

 Words 100

The perfect night for ghosts, he thought as he trudged into the darkness.

The winds shrieked and swirled about him ruffling the white sheet draped around his shoulders like a cape. He clutched it closer.

Why the hell did I agree to this dare?

Scare ghosts with a sheet? Sheesh.

Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa* over the rattle of the shutters, he stepped inside.

What could he take as proof?


Was that a…ghost?

“What are you doing here?” He asked the girl from down the street.


“Here? Aren’t you afraid of ghosts?”

“Ghosts can only kill you.”


* Hanuman Chalisa is considered to be one of the most powerful mantras to overcome obstacles and remove fear especially of ghosts and black magic.

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


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60 thoughts on “Worse Than Death”

  1. Very nice story, though a bit scary to think of, now i kno ill see this prompt in the night….but it was an interesting turn you took it to, and i felt the message in it come out too vocally, yes Ghosts can only scare and kill you with a shot…there is more evil around…..

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  2. Like the others have said, LOVE that last line! Sometimes death or if the plug is pulled quickly in any situation, it will be over and done with quickly. As you mentioned in the earlier comments…humans. Sometimes people hurt us unbelievably so much… So why not hide away and run with your imagination. Great short piece of fiction, and love the eerie feeling 😀

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      1. I am so happy to stop by 🙂 Haha, are you stalking me now! I did have burger just now for dinner 🍔😊 But no chips with the burger because the burger already cost so much and it was big 😞 I hope you get to eat a burger at some point 🙂

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  3. This is specifically true of streets around our part of the world . Tragic and terrifying and so very sad . When will things ever change?
    Great story telling, Dahlia.

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      1. oh no – leave it as is – really good – and maybe even an example of great writing – the kind that comes alive with discussion or reflection.
        you know how some stories and poems need expounding for good reason?
        and so maybe all the richer to find more from re-reading –

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