“The Haunting,” Flash Fiction

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The December 28, 2017, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a wishing star. It can be central to the story or used in a different way. You can have a character interact or not. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by January 2, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published January 3). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

Althea had made a noble sacrifice, and now, as a ghost, she resented her decision. That night when she wished upon a star, she took her own life to save their business. Mike had inherited her retirement account and had paid off all their debts. There was money left over; now he had taken a lover.

Althea gazed at the writhing forms on what had once been her bed. Mike always did enjoy a bit of fun. What the heck? Althea slid her cold, lifeless hands over their naked bodies as she crawled between them. The haunting had begun!

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Happy last day of 2017… pleasant dreams!

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  1. This is chilling Colleen. Great response to the ‘wishing star’ notion. Best wishes for the new year.

  2. Oh what wickedness Colleen…

  3. Heh heh heh! Love it! Happy New Year Colleen. May the fairies be with you 🙂

  4. Well now… I imagine there is going to be some confusion here – and that’s as it shouldd be! HA!

  5. Ha ha ha ha ha. How hauntingly wicked. Happy new year Colleen.

  6. This takes the woman scorned to another level. Good one Colleen.

  7. This is great and definitely haunting. Happy New Year! <3

  8. Revenge is sweet…
    Happy New Year Colleen! Thanks for all the great prompts and poetic support! (K)

  9. Ah Justice , so sweet, when served with Bitter Coldness. 😎🥀

  10. Very interesting, Colleen.

  11. I hope they had an electric blanket, Colleen. A chilling piece of writing.

  12. Oh my goodness that’s a haunting with a difference!

  13. Yikes! This gave me the chills! Oooh, so creepy. Well done!

  14. Oh, wickedly delightful flash, Colleen! Sacrifice only goes so far…he blew his chance.

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