Rochelle’s challenge this week is prompted by a mysterious pair of boots, much mended. here’s my 100 word story.
‘Jimmy – go check if those boots are still there’
‘Ma, I’m scared, had a bad dream about Grandpa ‘
‘Go do it’
‘Boots still there. Whose are they Ma ?’
‘Grandpa’s buried with his boots on, not his. Boots must be a sign…’
‘Are they Pa’s ghost boots, come back to haunt us, cos he walked away and left us long ago ?’
‘Mebbe our bad-mouth landlord left them, wants to boot us out ?’
‘Ma, Ma, I can see a Hobo coming up the path….’
‘Hi there. I’ve come to get m’boots. I got blisters, I got drunk, had to get’em off…’
May 22, 2018 at 4:22 pm
At last, nothing to worry about. What a relief! Now sleeping wouldn’t be restless.
May 24, 2018 at 10:46 am
Thanks for your comment- yes they can sleep peacefully…
May 22, 2018 at 11:22 am
All that worry over nothing. I like the voices here, the way you’ve alluded to a depth of backstory in so few words. Grand stuff
May 24, 2018 at 10:46 am
Thank you Lynne, I appreciate your feedback.
May 24, 2018 at 5:42 pm
My pleasure 🙂
May 22, 2018 at 3:58 am
Proof how we can get ourselves in a tizzy when we let our imagination go wild!
May 22, 2018 at 12:37 am
Ha! This is fun. All the fright and imaginings and they were just a drunk hobo’s boots.
May 24, 2018 at 10:47 am
So pleased you enjoyed the story Alicia.
May 21, 2018 at 8:18 am
Cute story and I love the ending! Thanks!
May 21, 2018 at 5:53 pm
Thank you Nan- glad you like the story.
May 20, 2018 at 8:58 am
Thankfully he returned to solve the mystery otherwise no telling where their imaginations would have led them
May 20, 2018 at 12:42 pm
You’re right Michael -I wanted a happy ending.
May 19, 2018 at 10:46 pm
Mystery solved. Good job!
May 20, 2018 at 12:43 pm
Thanks Rochelle- loved the photo – so full of stories.
May 19, 2018 at 5:01 pm
A more mundane and perfectly logical reason for the boots after all!
May 20, 2018 at 12:44 pm
Yes -phew ! Couldn’t have them suffer any more…
May 19, 2018 at 3:49 pm
Good to know that there was a perfectly natural explanation… Can’t do it with ghost boots.
May 20, 2018 at 12:46 pm
You’re right Bjorn, otherwise the ghost boots could go on & on haunting them.
May 19, 2018 at 9:32 am
A lovely little allegory about the way we frighten ourselves with supernatural misconceptions.
May 20, 2018 at 12:47 pm
Thanks Penny – glad you liked the story. Agree that we have the unhelpful power to scare ourselves.
May 19, 2018 at 8:53 am
Those boots really got them wondering – us too until the last few words! Excellent.
My FriFic tale is called Jim and Jan!
May 20, 2018 at 12:48 pm
Thanks Keith- pleased you liked the tale.
May 19, 2018 at 8:38 am
Clever write. Enjoyed this.
May 20, 2018 at 12:53 pm
Thank you – so glad you liked the story.
May 19, 2018 at 12:28 am
I don’t know, I was kind of hoping they were ghost boots 🙂
May 20, 2018 at 12:55 pm
Wonder what the ghost boots would do Granonine ?….
May 18, 2018 at 10:38 pm
Ha ha – loved the pragmatic ending!
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May 18, 2018 at 9:24 pm
We always think of the most innocent explanation last!
May 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm
Yes Iain, think you’re right. The joys of the human mind !!
May 18, 2018 at 8:10 pm
Great last line. So, not a ghost after all.. What a relief!
May 20, 2018 at 12:58 pm
Thanks Luccia- glad you liked it.
May 18, 2018 at 4:41 pm
There’s nothing so scarey as the stuff we imagine
May 20, 2018 at 12:59 pm
I do agree Neil – I’m sometimes amazed by the power of our imaginings.