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The Walls Whistle – Flash Fiction #DVersePoets

They bought the house new, especially to avoid these sorts of things.
There is nothing behind the wall, except a space where the wind whistles, and it always whistles. Even on still days, when the plastic windmills in the neighbour’s garden don’t clatter, and Gregory Mutt’s union jack is slummed around its flagpole, the wind whistles!
‘I don’t quite understand what you want?’ the contractor explained. ‘There’s nothing to explain where a draught would be getting in, and we’ve checked all your external walls.’
‘Listen though!’ Jenny hauled him through the kitchen by the front of his shirt, pressed her face to the lilac paint. ‘It’s whistling now!’
The contractor stared at her, wide eyed, and a little sweaty.
‘Aye,’ he croaked, ‘I hear it.’
She yanked him closer.
‘You will,’ she said, quiet now. ‘You will be the one to make it stop.’

It’s the end of a long day and I still have words to write for NaNoWriMo, but I’m taking a little break to pop over to the dVersePub and see what delights they have in store for tonight’s prompt. They’ve yet to dissapoint!

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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.

11 Comments

  1. Oh, I hope he gets it to stop. I can tell she’s going crazy from the sound!
    Thanks for taking a break to join in the fun.Good luck on your novel writing!

  2. I can really feel the frustration… but I think that those other sounds will still be there after the void is filled… maybe there is something other that is wrong when the whistling becomes so important.

  3. This story is familiar – so many modern houses have faults that the developers don’t want to acknowledge. A nightmare scenario, Carol, particularly when the wind whistles behind the wall when everything else is still. What has she got planned for the sweaty contractor?

  4. Glenn A. Buttkus says

    I love it that she takes no guff off the contractor, and your tale does hint, between the lines, that she is dealing with more than an irritation with a draft.

  5. Beverly Crawford says

    We’re all breathless, waiting for the rest of the story!! Great write!

  6. I like what you’ve done with this, Carol: too right to make the man work for his money instead of scratching his rear end and drinking your tea!

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