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The Meeting Place

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[Photo Copyright – Jennifer Pendergast]

“You should read Chaucer,” advised Edward, folding in on himself smoothly as he moved to sit next to Ellie on the grass outside Castle. She snorted softly and closed the book in her lap, slipping it back into her satchel before he could see the title.
“Don’t you get bored lurking around here?” she asked. “You’ve been around how long?”
Edward shook his head.
“Why would I? There’s always someone interesting lurking also,” he shrugged.
Chuckling, Ellie brushed a stray leaf from her skirt and smiled.
“You’re an odd one you know.”
Edward grinned.
“Said one ghost to another.”

Castle at Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Bath i.e: Where I had my medieval lectures for second year.

Castle at Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Bath
i.e: Where I had my medieval lectures for second year.

fridayfictioneers.jpgI’m not sure how I feel about this week’s entry. I’ve been out of the game for a few weeks and I think I’ve gone a little rusty. Oh well. It’s probably just a matter of getting back into practice.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer trying to be a better one. She’s currently working on her first novel ‘Darkened Daughter’ and attempting to put together a collection of poetry in the hopes of submitting to publication in 2020. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon. More recently her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers here on Writing and Works.

29 Comments

  1. Not rusty at all – a nice little story with a good surprise. You need an e on the end of ‘her’, but then you’d have two ‘here’ quite close together, so you might want to think about that.

    • Thank you for the comment, and I’m glad to see that readers are still enjoying my writing.
      I changed the ‘her’ to around, which plays in more with the element of time that I wanted to incorporate. [I hope.] Thanks for pointing out my mistake and alerting me to the opportunity for revision.

  2. I read Chaucer in high school. I’ve always had a “thing” for English poetry and literature. Nice subject here.

    • Thank you very much. I’ll admit, I haven’t got around to reading Chaucer yet. I’m currently working my way through F Scott. Fitzgerald’s works, and after that I want to really devote some time to Oscar Wilde. What did you think of Chancer after you read it?

      • I liked him. I can’t say why, really, I just liked reading him. Maybe that’s why he has survived all these years.

  3. Seems odd to me that he’s questioning her choice of books if he hasn’t seen the title! I like how he’s stuck in the past with Chaucer, and the twist at the end makes the story really fun.

  4. I really enjoyed this – especially the last line – fabulous stuff. One tiny criticism – I wouldn’t have them both shaking their heads, it’s too repetitive. Maybe one could shake their head and the other could toss their hair? Hope you don’t mind me saying 🙂

    • I don’t mind at all. I’ve made a little edit so that Ellie is no longer shaking her head, I hope that improves the flow of the piece. Thank you for the constructive criticism.

  5. Carol, Nice pleasant story. They seem to be quite contented ghosts. Nice to have company in the castle.Interesting photo. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

  6. That was a sweet little ghost story. They sound very charming. i walk my dogs up there, going right around the castle. Haven’t met these two yet, but summer’s getting close, so maybe I will.

    • I would think that there might be the chance of at least one or two ghost around the campus. There was an Amy Bourlaise was buried there at one point.

    • It could be either I suppose, I wrote them as ghosts since that was how I initially pictured them, but the idea of it being some in-joke is quite interesting.

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