Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday's Creative Writing Prompt

On most Friday's, not all I like to give you something to go away with and think about then give you time to come back and share what you came up with.

This prompt stemmed from me last weekend. :-)

Prompt: She was restless. . .

4 comments:

Ceri Hebert October 11, 2009 at 7:17 AM  

Okay, this is a short one.
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She was restless.

Sarah didn’t sit up in bed, but just listened to the sound of footfalls in the hallway. Up and down, pausing, shuffling before they picked up again. Tonight they even climbed the stairs to the loft, somewhere Amelia generally didn’t even go. The sound of feet above her head was a bit too disconcerting for Sarah’s liking.

But how do you tell a ghost to calm down? Especially one like Amelia.

Sarah could picture the night Amelia was reliving. The cold, whipping rain that drove in off the ocean like a trillion tiny freight trains, pummeling the side of the cottage with brute force. A night like this, in fact. All that wind, howling like a banshee, finding its way through any crevice it could. The wind would mock Amelia, torment and drive her on.

And worse, Amelia would know who was out in that whipping rain and aggressive wind. Her husband and her sons. Just off that coast in one of the Llewellyn’s ships. Amelia, living on the ocean all her life, knowing the ocean as she would, knew what her men would be going through, knew that their very lives would be at the mercy of the sea that had them under siege.

How frail that ship would be.

A low wail came from upstairs, painful, keening.

Sarah didn’t want to get up and look. What could she do anyway? How do you calm a ghost reliving the night her men had died?

Denise October 11, 2009 at 6:40 PM  

Ooo! A ghost walking above - scary, but cool.

I especially like this description, "The cold, whipping rain that drove in off the ocean like a trillion tiny freight trains, pummeling the side of the cottage with brute force."

Definitely want to read more.

Ceri Hebert October 12, 2009 at 5:09 AM  

I hope I can provide more. I've got a full manuscript that I'm going to deconstruct and do over. this could be part of it.

Denise October 12, 2009 at 6:28 AM  

Well, cool. Would love to see more.

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