Empty Places

Posted: February 27, 2019 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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The market store had sat empty so long the town’s children couldn’t remember it any other way. The store rotted, windows hammered up with boards, paint flecking away, the sign fading letter by letter. There was always talk of someone buying it, opening it up again, bulldozing it, selling the land for housing, but nothing ever came of it.

There was talk of the curse too, but nobody believed that. At least, not during the day.

But in the dark of night, when shadows stretched and the wind blew cold, nobody lingered long by the ruined store.

Word Count: 97

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  1. Nobbinmaug says:

    Curses! Empty buildings are always sad to me. They stand as a reminder of failures. That’s the real curse they represent. Meanwhile, new buildings are always being built, and people live on the streets with nowhere to go.

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  2. Eek! Don’t think I’d go near the place at night either. πŸ™‚

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    I wouldn’t hang about there in the dark! πŸ™‚

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  4. Dale says:

    Hmmm…methinks that’s why there is only talk and no action.
    Might be best left alone!

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  5. Alice Audrey says:

    It could be the start of a ghost town, not just a ghost story.

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  6. granonine says:

    Really well done. Atmospheric, and yes, daylight helps dispel the bogie men.

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  7. Abhijit Ray says:

    Long disuse generated rumours. Someone should buy up the place, put lots of light, all doubts and rumours will vanish. But, who will buy, that remains the question.

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  8. Liz Young says:

    That is seriously spooky – sounds like the beginning of a great story!

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  9. Perfect start to a longer story. Love it.

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