#SixSentenceStory; Home

It’s Wednesday, Six Sentence Story link up day, with the word of the week being “home”. Use that word or some form of it in exactly six sentences between now and Saturday. Find the linky at Denise’s GirlieOntheEdge blog. This Six is also in 99 words, the form used at the Carrot Ranch Literary Community for their weekly flash challenge. I’m too late for the recent “swift passage” challenge but it helped me here. Speaking of the Saddle Up Saloon at Carrot Ranch, there are now poetry challenges to be sampled there every first and third Monday, each open for a month, and this Monday, the twelfth, our own Clark Farley will be interviewed by fictional characters Kid and Pal.

Battlefield

Guides met me right away, with assurances of swift passage and a guaranteed berth. They would have preferred I take their advice but they have to honor the wishes of their charges and Iโ€™d made a promise to myself and to my family.

And so I am not where the guides advised me to go but neither am I where so many others, in stunned and stubborn denial, remain.

No. I promised those I love that I would come home.

Iโ€™ve been mourning my decision though, for Iโ€™m learning that we ghosts feel more haunted even than the living.

38 thoughts on “#SixSentenceStory; Home

  1. We’re told growing up we should try and listen to/consider the “other” side (pun intended ๐Ÿ˜†) of an alternative viewpoint. Looks as if our spirit should have heeded the advice given by the guides yet it’s totally understandable wanting to remain loyal to self and family and fulfill a promise.
    Entertaining Six!

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  2. Interesting, D. I had to read through a second time once I’d read to the end to discover the situation. Sometimes we don’t know how our promises may influence our future situation. That means they can be difficult to make as well as keep.

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  3. What a cool thing many of (yours in particular) these Sixes can be… I’m trying to figure out how to describe the feeling, as I experienced at the begining when II began to suspect where the story was going, while still enjoying the process of getting there so much so I wasn’t tempted to rush ahead.
    (Surely there must be a greco-roman word in rhetoric for the ‘finish’* of a story like this one. It wasn’t just the excitement of the surprise ending it was the secondary reflection of the implications of the ending.)

    Your portrayal of a haunted ghost is probably so powerful (emotionally) because, imo, it has (in most belief systems) not even the hope of death as a release from suffering.

    *which word I prefer to ‘after-taste’, ’cause it sounds way more sophisticated

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