Ghost Story

‘Catch me!’

Just the wind in the trees. Another ‘fake’ memory, they’d have said.

‘Come on.’ She tugged at his hand.

She wanted to understand. He released the brakes of two decades.

‘Is this it?’

Was it? Twenty years of sea and bleaching. It had been new then. They had to explore it, didn’t they? That’s what boys did. Explore.

She ran her hand on the friable surface. ‘It’s amazing. Beautiful. Tragic.’

Beautiful? Tragic? No words can describe something that hollows you out daily. His finger traced some faded symbol on the hull.

‘How many died when she went down?’

Only one who mattered and he’d not gone down, not like she meant it.

He stepped back and looked up at the gunwale, now frayed like his memory. Jake’s face peering down at him. That last image, those last words. Then he’d gone, disappeared. Like a ghost.

He’d made it up, he’d been kidnapped, caught by the tide, runaway, they said. No believed him when he’d told them about the voices, the hands that had dragged Jake into the boat. Maybe it was right to say he’d gone down with the rest after all.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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26 Responses to Ghost Story

  1. So well crafted

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    Nicely creepy as Halloween approaches.

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  3. This is quite creepy.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    I really like this one Geoff💜

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  5. so happy i ran across your blog. great content 🙂

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  6. Jennie says:

    Creepy, and quite good.

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  7. Claire says:

    Very atmospheric!


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