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Jenny Matlock hosts Saturday Centus.  She provided a prompt that is to be used exactly as presented in a story of no more than 100 words.  Today’s prompt is in bold.  If you would like to participate or read other entries, head over to her blog, Off On My Tangent.


Selma walked through the house looking at the dust gathering on the banister.  She made a note that she would have to dust before the evening’s event.  It wouldn’t do to have a dusty house for the dinner party.  She went to the kitchen and didn’t understand why she couldn’t smell her chicken roasting.  Surely it should be smelling savory and succulent by now.  Puzzled, she opened an empty oven and began to feel a panic rising inside her.  Time passed and her husband didn’t come home.  Little did she realize, it was the eleventh anniversary of her death, and nobody was coming.

13 thoughts on “Anniversary

  1. Holy cow. This gave me the chills. It was sad and scary all at the same time.

    What a use of the prompt. I did not see your twist coming at all.

    Disturbing. And wonderful.

    Thanks for linking.

  2. This was a really eerie, creepy and very, very sad Centus. Very well written.

    You have written a ghost-story that makes us feel for the ghost. Most ghost-stories are written from the point of view of the living person who is haunted by something that says bump in the night. You have turned the tables and we (at least I do) feel for Selma, who does not undertand that she is dead. (Love the name Selma.)

    I am not too keen on stories like this, but yours is very well done. In the Harry Potter books there is a cahpter about a party for one of the ghost’s death-day. I hate it. I can well understand why it was not used when making the movies. But maybe you were inspired by this chapter of HP? You don’t have to be. These are thoughts that any mortal can have.

    When I was very young, I never thought seriously about my own death. ‘That’s far off. That happens to other people…’- was my attitude. But as I sail along through life, and the years go, I understand that I only have so much time to do what I want to/need to/should do on this earth, and then what happens after that is not a given, but a question mark, a hope, a wish, or a prayer.

    If there are ghosts, I wonder what they think of the living? I wonder what my grandparents or father would think of me now? Are they proud or disappointed?

    Very thought-provoking! Well done!
    Best wishes,

    Anna’s SC week 27

    • Glad you enjoyed this. I will admit I’ve never read a Harry Potter book, and I’ve only seen the first maybe three or four films. I guess I’ve just always believed in ghosts and have had several interesting experiences with unexplainable events as I’ve done genealogy research and visited cemeteries.

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