"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday, June 20, 2011

Magpie Tales #70


Isabelle couldn't resist the image within the frame.

Having only stopped at the garage sale on a whim


the allure of this face wasn't to be ignored.


Going home she placed the frame on the mantle


and grinned at the lovely face .


Later that evening when coming in from the garden


Isabelle saw the woman behind the screen door.


It was then that she realized the house was no longer


hers, but for the mere price of $1.99 she had given it up.


The word "Leave" was hissed into her ear.




40 comments:

Brigid said...

Now, that is one great Magpie, I got shivers.

thegalnxtdoor said...

Ooh! I love the way you have developed on the picture. :) Good job!

briarcat said...

...and she seemed like such a nice girl from her picture

Neat twist. I like it.

Words A Day said...

Chilling!

WINDOWLAD said...

..what a turn of events... great write.

~Kelvin

Helen said...

Can you say 'goosebumps?'

Chilling ~ and beautifully written.

Reflections said...

Shivers left like moments stolen beyond the frame... Great take on this one.

Grammy said...

Wow, that was a good one.

DebbyMc said...

Wow! LOVED it! You know, I do not look into mirrors in antique shops unless I feel really right about it, have the right vibes...for the very reason your post sets out! Haha! This was great!

izzy said...

Whew! that is ghostly- thanks.

Jinksy said...

Gave me goosebumps! :)

Sioux said...

I guess that was an ill-spent $1.99?

In just a few words, you managed to build up quite a lot of suspense!

RNSANE said...

Incredible story in just a few words!

Kristen Haskell said...

That is a fantastic magpie. I want to know more. What happens next?

Celia said...

Love your short tale of disposession, and the image in the screen door says it all.

Glenn Buttkus said...

Sneaks right up on us, as
you juxtapose sentiment with
horror, and although dark and
pessimistic, we applaud your
verve and cleverness, and
somehow emerge less
emotional than when we
first encountered Tess' version.

Laurie Kolp said...

Wow- packs quite a powerful ending...love the additional photo on the bottom.

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh my goodness, I wasn't expecting that. Wow! What a fascinating take on the prompt.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent Magpie. Wonderful twist.

Isabel Doyle said...

I thought she looked a bit sinister too ... excellent Magpie

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Definitely shivers down the spine.

Anna :o]

Jj Rodriguez said...

you made a way to say it..

nice!

JJRod'z

Arian Tejano said...

eerie. i wondered whose whisper was that..

Lyn said...

You did it...scared me silly in the morning..what a good take!!

Margaret said...

Ha! Watch out Tess! This is the first non-sad poem I have read from this prompt. Totally fun and creative.

Ann Grenier said...

Fabulous! What a shock! Well done!

chiccoreal said...

Dear Kath W: Definitely chilling with the ghost lady! BBQ? Love the pic too!

Monika said...

A shocking Magpie. True, a chill ran down my spine.

Lena said...

Well, of all the ungrateful ghosts....! Great Magpie, Kathe, and the door pic is rather eerie. I think I'd be off, too!

Rinkly Rimes said...

A sneaky little ghost and a clever little tale.

Mama Zen said...

Delightfully creepy!

Steve Isaak said...

Good tale-telling via verse.

Lucy Westenra said...

Great little story. Well worth the goosebumps.

mindlovemisery said...

This is has sort of Twilight Zone feel eerie, haunted fantastic story!

Everyday Goddess said...

wowee! got a snap to it!

Tess Kincaid said...

There's something very evocative about a screen door. It conjures many memories for me. Nice.

Martin H. said...

Spooky!

Jim Swindle said...

Extremely clever.

signed...bkm said...

Oh this is a good one....Just loved it...bkm

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

Wonderful! Love your take on this one. Also, the wonderful photo showing the 'new owner' in the screen door. You made my morning.