“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!

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.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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