The Castle’s Shadow

Posted: January 7, 2018 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Castle walls cast long shadows. Stones seeped in history stretched in long battlements upon the coast. You could almost see the soldiers watching over the channel for white sails over dark seas.

Sometimes the locals swore it was more than almost.

A baker saw a gaunt face in her misted window. He pressed his finger to his lips and was gone.

A party of five laughing men walked into the pub. They took a table and ordered drinks, telling stories over pints of ale. When the young bartender asked them to pay the tab, they gave her coins marked with strange faces. The coins vanished in the morning, leaving only grains of strange white sand.

There was a legend they told, of another castle, built in the same place to watch the same waters, but in another world, a world of mist and shadows. Sometimes soldiers from one castle passed over to the other, recruited to keep the watch, lured by the promise of faerie gold.

And if you looked at the walls when twilight fell, when the mists hung low and golden light danced on the waters… Maybe you could see that castle, just for a moment.

Word Count: 198

This is for Sunday Photo Fiction. Photo credit to A Mixed Bag.

  1. Alice says:

    such a delightful read 🙂 how exciting and i would love to read more from this universe. thank you for sharing!

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  2. ceayr says:

    Yes, I like this

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  3. mumpoet says:

    Eerie and intriguing. Great! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    At first I saw ghosts, bit perhaps also a parallel universe here. Lovely stuff.

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  5. An intriguing tale. Next time I’m there I’ll remember your story.

    Click to read my SunPhoFic

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  6. James says:

    Too bad the coins disappeared because so did the ale.

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  7. Intriguing story, I wanted to keep reading! Very nice. =)

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  8. rogershipp says:

    I love the mixture of reality and faires! Well done.

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  9. Susan says:

    I was also leaning toward a ghost story. I know a woman who lives in a town where a Civil War battle was fought. She tells the story of seeing a soldier outside her home. But may a ghost is just a visitor from another universe. Good story

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  10. Woah, that was creepy, eerie, and so much fun. Loved it!

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  11. JS Brand says:

    We’ll told and truly evocative. I could see the faces and feel the cool dampness of the mist.

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  12. michael1148humphris says:

    A fine tale which felt like you had more to tell.

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  13. Phenomenal tale! I could see an entire adventure story, and think it would sell.

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  14. I love this story. It is awesome

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