Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction-November 26th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt taken by himself or sent in by one of the other participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was taken by Al himself. Thanks, Al.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


Frank Patterson, a cousin of Mrs. Wilson was visiting them on Magnum Point for the week. Early Monday morning he awoke with the urge to take a long walk. Quietly getting ready so as not to awaken the family, he left a note and let himself out.

The old lighthouse near the ocean seemed a desirable choice to explore. It was empty since the new automated light had been installed.

As he neared the location he saw an old wrinkled man out front.

“Hi. I thought there would be no one here now.”

The old man turned and laughed.

“You can’t always believe what you hear. I stayed on and no one seems to care. I guess they know I have nowhere else to go.”

Frank smiled. “Good for them. You’ve lived here a long time then. You’ve probably seen the area change a lot.”

“You bet. I’ve seen folks come and go. The new folks pay no attention to me. I’m just another old man.”

Frank chatted a short while then said goodbye and headed back.

At the Wilson’s  he described his afternoon.

George Wilson gently patted Franks’s shoulder. “You’ve just met our 200-year-old local ghost.”




















  1. Neat one Suzanne. I did have an inkling the man at the lighthouse could be a ghost but I thought it was interesting that the speaker had an entire conversation within. I think that would be pretty fascinating, especially after finding the man actually is 200 year old ghost.

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