Here’s this week’s entry into Monday’s Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, run by Barbara W. Beacham. This challenge gives you a picture prompt and the first line and asks that you finish the story in 100-150 words. The given line is in italics.
The only residents remaining in the small town of Miners Hill are spirits.
David can sense them, frissons of chill on the edge of his awareness, but still they fail to approach. No voices echo through the veil. Silence reigns.
The spirits used to speak so clearly, passing on messages for their loved ones. He’d built a career on it – with their constant clamour he could do little else.
But then they’d stopped.
After several days without communication he’d attempted to regain contact: only to fail, no matter what he tried. Whispers of ‘guesswork’ and ‘fraud’ began circulating as he struggled to keep business running, touching nerves as never before – but then, such whispers had never before been true.
Visiting Miners Hill was a last resort. Previously the cacophony of voices vying for his attention in such a place might have driven him to madness. Now he just longed to hear them again.
It was hard to remember how he’d begged for quiet.
Word Count: 150
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