City Hall in Country

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Here is my contribution for this week to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories by the group. The link is as follows:


Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 4+12+142=158

I HAD A FRIEND by P.S. Joshi

“The Mayor and the town manager waved as their next victims approached.” The voice of the narrator went on.

I said to my daughter, “That’s about a real town.”

She looked at me to see if I was serious. “How could that be? How do you know?”

I hesitated, but had begun to tell, so continued. “I had a friend who lived there with her husband, and we emailed each other. One day she stopped. I also knew her niece, so asked her what had happened.

“The tears ran down the niece’s face, and she seemed to make a decision.Finally she said her mother learned they had died somehow and drove there for the funeral. She never returned. Later she emailed saying they were all three living together and for her daughter never to come there.

“The girl emailed back asking why, and her mother just emailed , ‘We don’t glitter in the sun.'” *

*This is in reference to the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. Symbol for Monday's Finish the Story anniversary-1x purple-flowers-may-2013 Written  Act of Kindness Award tour-through-blogland-21

15 thoughts on “I HAD A FRIEND

    • Thanks, Yolanda. I’m so happy you liked the story. It seems everyone is tired of vampires that “glitter” in the sun. I’ve read what some of the horror magazines say, and some specify “no glittering vampires”, so you are no doubt in the majority. 😀 — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Diana. I doubt she’s going there after receiving her mother’s specific warning email. I’m so pleased you found the story interesting. I’ve never read the “Twilight Saga” either, but have seen the movies on TV in bits and pieces. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Ali. Maybe I should have consulted with you before writing that story. I know you to be an authority on all things vampire. I’m so happy you liked the story. There were some vampires who went up in flames in those movies, but they didn’t self-ignite which would have been much more dramatic. My friend would probably be surprised that I turned her and her husband into vampires for my story. 😀 — Suzanne


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