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The house was built some 75 years ago by a wealthy man for his young bride. It was built from the finest materials that money could buy. The furniture was custom made in England, and was shipped over by freighter, along with china and crystal. There were Persian rugs upon the polished oak floors and chandeliers that sparkled like a thousand diamonds. It was a dream come true for the young woman, for her life with her handsome husband to be lived out here. They would throw lavish parties, raise beautiful children and grow old together here.
However, fate is cruel, and on a trip to purchase yet more trinkets for his lovely wife, the train he was riding violently derailed. The cars were nothing but twisted steel and mangled bodies beneath the fullness of the moon. At home, his bride awaited his return with a candle upon her desk by the window. All night she waited, alone and worried. She had received no word, and knew not of the wreck. The next day a telegram was delivered. The terse message conveyed only the barest details of the accident, and that her husband was among the dead.
Clutching the telegram, she sobbed uncontrollably and staggered up the stairs. She had almost reached the landing when, in her grief, she missed the last step and tumbled back down the steps. As she lay at there in her last moments of life, her mind returned to the past night when her husband was still coming home to her. Each fall, around the time of her death, when the moon is full, her candle can be seen as she wanders through the house waiting for him to come home.
After the death of the young couple, the house was sold, fully furnished. The new owners and their children and grandchildren have lived in harmony with the former resident.
Written for Magpie Tales #29.
I LOVED reading this. What an awesome story!!! Sad, cool and creepy. I have always wondered if I could live in a house with a ghost...ReplyDelete
Awww! This broke my heart because when she died so tragically, I really hoped they might be reunited and he might appear to her. I'm happy the new owners accepted her presence. Awesome tale, Linda!ReplyDelete
tragic tale, may they both rest in the shadows of the home they loved together...bkmReplyDelete
yes, fate was cruel but the ending gave a sort of closure. i did enjoy the mysterious, sort of eery end, the story had to it: when the moon is full, her candle can be seen as she wanders through the house waiting for him to come home.ReplyDelete
well done, great writing once again :)
What a captivating story. It gave me the chills. Fabulous writing.
I, too, hoped it would have a happy ending, but I guess in a way it does since the new owners live in harmony with the ghost.
Great tale! I loves these kinds of stories. Now I have to go back and read your whole blog to get caught up. You are killing my time management I set up!! BAD on you! ;)ReplyDelete
I liked your story, there are so many ways it could have gone....good job.ReplyDelete
Tragic. Tempting. Timeless.ReplyDelete
Katherine- I am so glad you liked it. Living with a ghost, I don't know either...ReplyDelete
Talon- Thank you. There were several ways this could go, but this is where it took me.
Sezaaay- I'm glad you like it. It was my first ghost story.
Barbara- Thank you. I'm glad you like it. Not the normal happy ending for sure.
Don- Thank you for your kind comment, and the warm welcome to ExposeYourBlog.
annell- Thank you, and yes, there were a lot of different ways it could go.
There's nothing finer than a charming and hospitable ghost. This is an engaging tale, to be sure.ReplyDelete
and now i have to try to go to bed...wonder if i will see her in teh window....wonderful magpie...i was gripped...ReplyDelete
Excellent piece. In reality, Willow Manor is haunted by the spirits of several tragic deaths.ReplyDelete
A perfectly woven tale of love and loss and haunting memories!ReplyDelete
I love a good ghost story!ReplyDelete
This gave me the chills too, Linda; both times I read it. I love happy ending... half ta admit. But I also enjoy the dramatic endings. There's a rawness that leaves you wanting.ReplyDelete
Tumblewords- Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
Brian Miller- Thank you, glad you found it gripping.
Willow- Thanks. You live in a haunted house?
Cat Lady- Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.
Fireblossom- Me too.
Davina- I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I like to write in a variety of styles. The magpies give me a chance to try.
so sad, but sweet in a strange kind of way. they both loved each other so much. well written and engaging tale.ReplyDelete
Ghosts can be so intriguing ... as is your Magpie!ReplyDelete
Such a fascinating read!!ReplyDelete
Scary and sad...but so beautifully written! I was in the moment!! Could almost see the candle moving around... eeee
Patience- Thank you. It was sad and tragic. Those things just aren't supposed to happen.ReplyDelete
Helen- I've never met a ghost, have you?
kavisionz- Thanks, I'm glad I could make it feel real.