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Pass Or Play – #DVersePoets #Prosery

When far away, an interrupted cry is not something you need concern yourself with.

Catherine repeated her grandmother’s words softly enough that the room wouldn’t hear them.


Her father threw his cards on the coffee table.

‘You cheated!’ He jabbed a fat finger towards his wife.

She shrugged and gathered his cards in again.

Outside the cry echoed.

‘Catherine! You play the witch, God knows she already has all my money.’

Catherine nodded and slid from the widow seat.

It doesn’t do to dwell on lost souls. Her grandmother had said that too.

The cards were split and dealt.

Two queens and a knave. A house leaking secrets. Another cry. Closer. Louder.

‘Pass or play?’

Catherine shook her head.

‘Pass,’ she whispered.

Shadows gathered by the fireplace.

She could ignore them, but the play would continue.

‘Pass,’ she whispered.

But ghosts never listen.


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. 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 when she can. 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 poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were 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.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 on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Oh I do love the mystery in this.. the card game made me think of playing chess with death in the seventh seal… it seems like it will matter who will win in the end.

  2. I love a good ghost story (especially one that reminds me of my own childhood.) Lovely details (“you play the witch”, the shadows growing, the cry that only she heeded.) Deliciously spooky!

  3. I love a ghost story, no matter how short or long! I especially enjoyed the way the child communicates with the ghosts and the brief hints at something in the short sentences, such as ‘Outside the cry echoed’ and ‘A house leaking secrets’.

  4. I love eerie stories full of ghosts and spirits!
    I’m wondering if you meant to say “window seat”? Maybe….but I LOVE this being a widow seat! So either way, it’s a great detail to the story!

  5. We jump right into a scene full of intrigue. I like the dialogue along with the quiet of Catherine… the forboding. Well done.

  6. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says

    I like the intrigue from the get-go, the dialogue. I like that Catherine is quiet and refelctive – we see the room through her eyes – and know there is something outside… !!

  7. This paranormal card game is chilling with foreboding dialogue and suspenseful mystery… a great story, Carol.

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