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The Haunted House

Everyone told him not to take the house but he didn’t listen; the rent was cheap, he’d say. That house was not just any house, it was the house of an eccentric scientist whose ghost was still said to roam around screaming at strangers.

That night….

Everything seemed fine, after a good dinner he sat watching the dying embers in the fireplace. Suddenly he heard a scream, he hurried to its direction and pulled back a curtain.

The​ next morning…

Journalists from all over came with cameras and dictaphones to see the man who finally found the ‘ghost.’ There he was, an overnight sensation, standing besides the cuckoo clock that screamed.



The photo prompts have been given by Ted Strutz at the Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and by Enisa at the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW). The word prompt (Curtain) has been given by Six Sentence Stories at Girlie On The Edge.

PS: Due to Internet problems the photos prompts may not load correctly. Please bear with me till the problem resolves. Will re-add them once I get a steady connection.

26 responses to “The Haunted House”

  1. That would be terrifying in real life! Not the screaming clock, the journalists!

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      Bernadette Braganza

      But some people do love the attention 🙂

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  2. Lol. This left a smile on my face. Surprise ending! So much for that spooky rumor 😀

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      Bernadette Braganza

      Thanks GirlieOnTheEdge

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  3. For being brave, he gets the reward of a cheap rent and his 15 minutes of fame.

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  4. But who was winding that clock after all those years? Ooooooooh! Good ghostly tale.

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      Bernadette Braganza

      Never thought of that….Any ideas?

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  5. nice twist to the ending!

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      Bernadette Braganza

      Thanks Clark

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  6. Ghostly endeavours, spookily rewarded. A nice story, Bernadette.

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      Bernadette Braganza

      Thanks Kelvin

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  7. He was very brave to buy the house and then to investigate the scream. I have lived in places with spirits, I wouldn’t be brave enough to buy a house that I thought might be haunted. I loved your surprise ending to this story, and that he enjoyed a good deal of publicity because of it! Very creative! 🙂

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  8. Nice mashup Bernadette.

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      Bernadette Braganza

      Thanks Anurag

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  9. Hahaha! The ghost was a clock! LOL! Cute story!

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      Bernadette Braganza

      Thanks Priceless

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  10. That’s a novel take on the prompt, Bernadette

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      Bernadette Braganza

      Thanks Penny

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  11. Well done combining all three prompts and so seamlessly. I have a cuckoo clock and I’m sure our neighbours were glad when we moved and took the screaming ghost with us.

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      Bernadette Braganza

      Does it still live with you?

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      1. Yes it still lives with us but it should be sold. It is in a dark cupboard and the cuckoo never sees the light of day. We just don’t have enough wall space here to put him up but I think as we are now in a community dwelling we may be lynched if we did.

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  12. A screaming cuckoo clock? That would be enough to drive a person cuckoo 🙂

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  13. The cuckoo clock was the culprit – or was it???? Good story!

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      Bernadette Braganza

      Well, that’s what it seemed like

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  14. The real estate agent must have been lucky in showing the house when it was not a time for the clock to scream. Loved your ghostly SSS.

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      Bernadette Braganza

      I’m assuming that the Real estate agent would have been​ too scared to visit the house then

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