Here we are once again, gathered this week in a virtual ruined castle with our gracious and talented hostess and guide, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. It’s December, but there’s rumored to be a ghost who returns here only in the Christmas season, and we hope to catch a glimpse of him. We’re wearing our winter coats to keep warm. We’re also here to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers group, and the challenge is for each of us to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Bjorn Rudberg. Thanks again Bjorn. We’ve just spotted the ghost, and Sir Roderick and I both wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season!
The link for all the other stories is as follows:
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Word Count: 100 Words
SIR RODERICK RETURNS By P.S. Joshi
It was Christmas Day in the year 1614. All the knights at the castle had feasted after the long pre-Christmas fast.
Sir Roderick felt chest pains. “Probably overate,” he thought as he drifted off to sleep.
He awoke refreshed, but met with a strange sight. Half the roof was gone, and he was sitting alone on the banquet hall floor. All furnishings were missing.
He arose and walked into the courtyard. It was overgrown with weeds. He walked to the steps down the wall. They were also covered with growth.
He would eventually learn his spirit had returned in 2014.