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Tear it down (Friday Fictioneers)

August 20, 2020
PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

The sepia-stained light colored my view of the old house in that late-afternoon-sunlight-in-Summer way that memories were often portrayed in movies. It made the old house look innocent. That place was any but innocent. When we left, all those years ago, I thought we’d escaped the horrors that lived inside.

What my therapist didn’t realize was that the ghosts that lived here were real. Specters, ghouls, monsters, demons… This house was made of darkness and shadows and pure evil.

Revving engines and a squeal of brakes preceded the bulldozer’s appearance.

“Love, green light to demolish?”

“Go for it,” I ordered.

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25 Comments
  1. I hope that’ll be the end of the horrors. Great story, Laurie!

  2. I love the “sepia stained light” merging reality and memory

  3. Some therapists just don’t understand! I sense destroying the house might not be the end of her troubles.

  4. If only we could demolish the mad demons living inside our heads as easily.

  5. Yes, I wonder too if demolishing the house will get rid of the ghosts and demons for real. I rather think not. Good piece, thank you.

  6. Sometimes buried evil is better than raking through it. in front of a skeptical therapist. Yep, bulldoze that house!

  7. Dear Laurie,

    I’m sure demolishing the house is the right thing to do. I hope this is healing for the narrator.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  8. I love how you introduce the house as looking so innocent and then telling the reality. I’m glad it is getting bulldozed. Sometimes you can get the local fire department to burn it for training also. It needs cleansing by fire!

  9. And so the nightmares end. Or do they? Well done.

  10. Sometimes you just have tear down the past.

  11. When the house is bulldozed, where will those apparitions go? Spooky, for sure!

  12. Not the best therapist, I’m thinking… The physical destruction is not enough. Well done.

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