Chandeliers that cost more than his car lit Gareth’s face as he entered the dining hall. There was a preternatural stillness in the air.

He looked at the wax dripping from one of the candles and wondered how long it would be before the flame went out.

A sound came from Gareth’s left – the gasping and groaning of an old door. Gareth watched as Mr. Acker entered, his elegant dinner suit perfectly pressed as it always was.

“They aren’t coming, are they?” Mr. Acker asked.

Gareth shook his head. “No, sir.”

“Shame,” Mr. Acker muttered. “It would have been nice.”

They never came. Gareth knew that. Night after night, the old man made them lay out the same places for the same party, a party that had ended thirty years ago. The room had remained the same since then, stuck in that night.

So had Mr. Acker.

Word Count: 147

This is my entry for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and to Graham from the blog grahamisjustmyname for providing the photo prompt.

  1. jademwong says:

    oooh perfectly creepy, I thoroughly enjoyed this story:)

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  2. How sad. It reminded me of “forgotten.” Seems Mr. Acker has been forgotten. Creepy and sad! Great story!

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  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Wow kind of scary and creepy. Stuck in the same night day after day. Only Mr Acker I think? The others seem to have a choice in coming. Is it punishment for Mr Acker, or does he ever get things right? Or did he kill everyone so he’ll never get it right?

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  4. samratkel says:

    That is sad! So many of us get trapped in a past or a cycle often of our own making.

    @Samantha/samratkel from
    Shadow Realities

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  5. KL Caley says:

    What a lovely little twisted tale. Both creepy and sorrowful at the same time. With a lot of curiosity peaked you could definitely follow this up. KL <£

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  6. Kay Morris says:

    Great take on the prompt! Love the mystery and intrigue.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Poor Mr. Acker. He has become delusional.

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