Bedtime Story

The flame flickered before and she had stared at it for a few seconds.  She saw nothing unusual so she went back to reading.  This time she distinctly heard a pfft.  She snapped her head around to the candle.  The flame was upright and steady.  She would never finish the book this way so she left the bed and turned on the overhead light.  She did a full inspection of her room; nothing.  She settled back in and just before turning that same page…PFFT.  It was louder this time and continuously flickering.  She looked down at the book and knew.

 Her son had always asked her to read that page again.

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21 Comments

  1. Delft said,

    May 28, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Heartwrenching, brought tears to my eyes. Such tragedy, and so economically expressed.

    • prosingon said,

      May 28, 2012 at 6:49 am

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Delft!

  2. May 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Chilling and lovely all at once…

    • prosingon said,

      May 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks hun! I love the writing challenges. It’s not easy to put a whole story into one hundred words. Thanks for the kind words.

  3. Jean Mishra said,

    May 25, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Ah! I love those surprise twists at the end. I love this one!

  4. Gilly Gee said,

    May 25, 2012 at 12:38 am

    What is untold is always very powerful,well done!

    • prosingon said,

      May 25, 2012 at 8:56 am

      I believe readers should do some of the work! lol I like it when authors leave something for my imagination as I read. Thanks Gilly Gee!

  5. May 23, 2012 at 4:10 am

    ooh very spooky. Love it x

  6. lorrainefort said,

    May 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I want to read that book…with the electric lights on! 🙂 nicely done!

    • prosingon said,

      May 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

      In my mind she was reading Where the Wild Things Are, the book she read and re-read for her son. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  7. May 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I enjoyed this and found it comforting rather than spooky because he was with her. Nicely done 🙂

  8. May 22, 2012 at 11:26 am

    A haunting story! 😉

  9. jabbersville said,

    May 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Ooh that is spooky, I am now starting to realise I like spooky :0)

    • prosingon said,

      May 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Thank you for taking the time to comment! Spookiness gives us that rush that tells us we are still above ground!

  10. May 22, 2012 at 6:32 am

    That was spooky. What is it about spirits …. they have to enter via a candle? I always read before I go to bed. I might feel a little more jumpy tonight!

    • prosingon said,

      May 22, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Don’t be jumpy! lol This little boy just wanted his mommy! Thanks for commenting!

  11. Sandra said,

    May 22, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Very spooky. A good take on the prompt. Nicely done.


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