ghost stories

#73 – Nightmare

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Steinar La Engeland

Peter gasped, his eyes flicking wide and searching the darkness above him.  A shiver ripped through his body as he fought to grasp reality.

It was so real,…. so very real,…..

Peter could feel sweat dripping over his skin as he span his feet from the bed, sitting and struggling to calm his breath.  He could see the silhouette of his wife asleep beside him.

There was no girl in the garden.  There were no flames.   He smiled.

Peter stood and walked to the window, checking the lawn below.  Nothing.

Only the reflection of the dead girl in the glass.

(c) Tim Austin 2016. Promo image by Steinar La Engeland via Unsplash.

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#14 – Archive

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Shadows smothered the vaulted halls of the General Register Office, a handful of grimy lamps spewing dim light into the stuffy air.  Sam Desmond was at home here.  In the darkness, he would wander the metal maze of filing cabinets, reading and enjoying each document before slipping them into their allotted draw.  In those files whole lives were condensed to dry descriptions: “Rhonda Jones: Died age 38, Teacher”.  “Charles West: Died age 73, Retired”.  Here they slept in ink and paper, neglected by all but him.  Smiling, Sam opened the newest file.  “Sam Desmond: Died age 60, Filing Clerk”.

(c) Tim Austin 2016

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