THE ANCIENT PLAGUE

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Photo Copyright: Connie Gayer (Mrs. Russell)

Here we are for another week. This week we’re gathered near a virtual graded road with a cut phone cable. I’ve taken the liberty of transforming it into a virtual cemetery for my story. Our hostess for this gathering is the gracious and talented artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers, and the challenge for each of us in the group is to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Connie Gayer (Mrs. Russell). Thanks Connie.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/6-november-2015/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 99 Words

THE ANCIENT PLAGUE by P.S. Joshi

Mary visited the cemetery to pray at the graves of her parents.

Today, as she neared their marker, she noticed the door of a new mausoleum standing open. Thinking nothing of it, she said prayers and placed fresh flowers in her parent’s vase.

Next morning, a headline in the paper read:

                                 RECENTLY INTERRED BODY OF COUNT MARKOVITCH DISTURBED

A strange sickness began affecting people in that area. They all showed the same symptom, two red marks on the jugular vein and gradual weakness. They never recovered.

New coffins were buried, then unearthed. No one would guard the open graves.

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37 thoughts on “THE ANCIENT PLAGUE

    • Thanks, Margaret. I couldn’t resist with that loose dirt. It said “vampire” to me. Of course the “head guy” was in the mausoleum. I’m so pleased you liked the story. I by far prefer vampires to zombies. Vampires have “style.” 😀 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Ansumani. Me neither. I like to write about them though. I’m not afraid of the dead in a cemetery though, but the living who might be there. Some cemetery gates are kept locked at night for that very reason. Drug dealers sometimes meet there. I’m so pleased you liked the story. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Alicia. That loose dirt said “grave” to me, and grave said “vampire.” That’s the way my mind was working at that time. I wrote it late at night. O_o I’m so pleased you liked it. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Sandra. I probably thought “vampire” because I wrote that late at night. I’m very pleased you liked it. I’ve also recently watched the 2004 movie, “Phantom of the Opera.” There are graveyard scenes in it. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Dale. I’m not a big fan of them either. I don’t even know if they’re built any more. Cemeteries seem to even prefer a flat marker to a large standing one in the newer areas of a cemetery. It makes it easier for the maintenence men to mow the grass. At least it was that way where my parents are buried. — Suzanne

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      • We have a huge cemetery in Montreal and, as I make my way to mu son’s grave, I have to pass by a wall of them. I’m always amased at the size and what must be the cost of them. Hmmm. I do wonder too now if there are any new ones…

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      • My parents are buried in a Catholic cemetery where a lot of Italian people are buried. My daughter thought some of those grave monuments were great. They were so artistic, and were in the older section. Some of the biggest ones must have cost a fortune. I don’t remember seeing mausoleums, although there might have been some in the oldest part. It’s a huge cemetery.

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  1. Interesting! I use to teach about the curse of King Tut’s Tomb. This post reminded me of it. I also teach about Bubonic Plague. Thanks for visiting my site and liking my Pinterest post. It was nice of Chris to feature it. I know Sue Vincent and others here.
    Janice

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