A Long Awaited Guest

Posted: March 22, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Inside the old manor, the Baron stood surrounded by rotting wood and cloth, the paint curling from the walls.

“Time,” he muttered through grey, cracked lips. “It’s time.”

A hand of bone struck the great, rust-covered gong and the sound echoed through the halls, shaking cobwebs and stirring clouds of dust.

The Baron made his way downstairs, feeling the wood creak under him, until he came to the dining hall.

He sat at the head of the table, looking at the empty seat opposite him.

The heir would come one day. Then he would be free at last.

Word Count: 98

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and J Hardy Carroll for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Very atmospheric. I got a real sense of his lonliness.

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  2. Sandra says:

    I think the heir would be well advised to stay away. Very Poe-ish.

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  3. Dale says:

    I agree with Sandra. This would be a nice time to refuse an inheritance…

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  4. michael1148humphris says:

    I can see various out comes for this place, but none of them include a heir.

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  5. Interesting take on the prompt. Talk about a patient man! He’ll be sitting there until the place crumbles down on him.

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  6. the man has loads of patience. Good story.

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  7. An inheritance not worth having methinks!

    Click to read my story

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  8. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    I felt great empathy for the poor trapped soul, although I am not sure if he deserved it.

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  9. JP Midnight says:

    That was interesting! Sounded like the opening to a good story. I have a couple of short stories on my blog you might like. One creepy and one paranormal.

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