Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Words for Wednesday - A Ghostly Tale!

A Halloween Tale

Louisa and Jacob lived in a small town where everyone knew everyone. They lived in a large house in the city, white with a picket fence surrounding it. They thought they had everlasting love, but their love ended too quickly and tragically.

One Halloween night, Louisa awoke to a noise and found Jacob missing from their bed.  She jumped up, lit a candle, and tiptoed to the parlor.  A tiny flicker of fire gave the room a hazy glow.  Her eyes caught a glimpse of a shadow in the corner, and as she looked around she realized with horror that it was her beloved Jacob slumped on the floor, a pool of blood surrounding him. Louisa ran to him and removed the large knife that was embedded in his chest, but death had already taken her love. Suddenly, she was startled by a noise in the front yard.  Quickly making her way to the front door, she found it standing open.  In the dark distance, she saw shadows of two riders galloping away on horses.

Louise never found out who murdered Jacob or why.  She grieved herself to death just months later, but her spirit never left that house.  Every Halloween, people report seeing
a lady in a white nightgown coming down the stairs and moving toward the parlor with
a flickering candle to the spot where Jacob was brutally slain.  Her ghostly body would appear to fall to its knees and begin to scrub the floor with an urgency, then it would drift away not to be seen again until the following year. 

Although the house had many owners, none stayed very long.  No one could remove the blood stains from the floor.  The flooring was replaced several times and covered with carpet, but each time the blood stain returned on Halloween.  To this day, in the wee morning hours of all hallow's eve, neighbors are awakened by a blood curdling scream coming from within the house and the front door is always standing open.  Louise will find no rest until her soul reunites with Jacob.

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