Nov 29, 2017

If You Polish Enough Soot


PHOTO PROMPT ©What's His Name


James salvaged everything he could when his grandmother’s house burnt down.

He said, “If you polish enough soot from tragedy, you’ll find roots to build a bridge.”

Astonished, his brother argued, “A bridge! Why would you want what lived in that house crossing over anywhere near you? I could never sleep when staying there for the wailing in the attic and the wallpaper rearranging roses in its stripes every full moon. Grandma Winnie’s house sat twenty-five feet from Hemlock Cemetery’s plot of unmarked graves. Hell! The dead walked right through her front door. I’m done!


16 comments:

  1. I dunno.... he's optimistic and all but...

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    1. Yes, but I think he should listen to his brother.

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  2. I loved the rearranging wallpaper

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    1. Thank you... I just thought how creepy that would be and went with it.

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  3. I wonder if James should just let it be.
    Great writing, Susie. 🙂

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  4. I loved his brother's rant! Beautifully done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  5. His brother clearly was taking him too literally, but he may have a point. Who knows what is on the other side of a bridge?

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    1. Yes, who knows? Evidently James's brother has some thoughts on it.

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  6. Dear Susie,

    Grandma's house doesn't sound like one I'd want to rebuild. Well written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. Oh... I think that some things shall be left lying...

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  8. Lots of ghostly, creepy stuff. I think I'd leave it behind, too.

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  9. And yet Grandma Winnie seems to have lived to a ripe old age...James may have been insensitive to ghosts - or he may have been highly sensitive, and wanting to have some continuing contact with his Grandma through her ghost.

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