“The Dress,” #99-word Story

The Carrot Ranch August 8, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the one who left the dress.” A 1940s-era dress still hangs in an abandoned house. Who left it and why? You can take any perspective and write in any genre. It can be a ghost story. Or not. Go where the prompt leads! Submit by August 13, 2022.

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Mildred hung the dress on a peg in the changing room she shared with the other actresses. She shivered. This place gave her the creeps. She’d felt odd ever since she’d arrived.

As a Betty Grable look-alike, Mildred often stood in for the star. But today, they had filmed the scene in this abandoned shack in the woods.

“Jack, in here,” a woman’s voice called out. “It’s still here.”

“What’s still there?”

“The dress. You know, the dress Mildred Setterfield wore as a stand-in for Betty Grable in the movie, “Suspense”. She died of an aneurism in this cabin.”


Check out the stories of last week’s challenge: Sweet as Cherries

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          1. There’s a BBC radio show called “Uncanny,” and in one episode an actor told about a true life story of a ghost that his daughter saw in the mirror of his dressing room while he was Facetiming with her. This was in London. But lots of theaters supposedly have ghosts.

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          2. I’ve always read that residual energy remains after a violet death. It makes sense. Some police notice the change in atmosphere at a crime scene, too. I bet that was a scary experience. That is what I was trying for in this piece.

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  1. Spooky.
    I still can’t leave a comment on your site. I had a long exchange with WP this morning, where they claim the problem is in my browser or your settings or my settings or your browser. Useless, those “happiness engineers”. I told them today I’m having trouble with every site, but they have no answers except to blame us…

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      1. I have Chrome on my tablet, Firefox on my computer. It doesn’t seem to make a difference. I guarantee it’s some bug with WordPress. Particularly since it changes the blogs I can and can’t comment on seemingly at random. Even the happiness engineer admitted that fact did not sound like a browser problem.

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    1. I’ve read that places where a violent death took place often retain that strange energy. All I could think of was, what if the dress held onto that energy along with the cabin? It’s all made up… and I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off in so few words. 💜

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