I’ve still got ghost stories on my mind, especially since I’ll be sharing original ghost stories at the end of the month at Brews and Boos. Here’s a cutting from Beep Beep, Honk Honk. I wrote this one way back in college in 2005. It’s always nice when I get to use stories that haven’t seen the light of day in sometime. Also, there’s nothing creepier than small children.
In this story, Geoffrey and Amy are moving into their new house. There’s an even larger house across the road. It’s the kind of house the two of them fantasize about living in some day, a large house where they can raise lots of kids. A young girl is sitting on a swing. They’ve already met the older lady who lives in the house, but this is the first time they’ve seen the young girl. Geoffrey decides he should do the neighborly thing and go over and introduce himself.
This week I’ve got 38 sentences from this short story. For my WIPpet math we have (10+10+18=38) for 10/10/18.
“Geoffrey stopped at the edge of the road. A car was coming around the corner. It was true, you couldn’t see a car coming around that corner till it was right on the two houses. Fortunately, the driver wasn’t speeding. Geoffrey nodded a hello to the driver as he passed. Once the car was by, he crossed the road. He approached the fence with a friendly smile and careful step. The little girl didn’t run away. She continued to swing. “Hello there,” Geoffrey offered warmly. “What’s your name?” He stopped before he reached the fence. He didn’t want to make her nervous. The girl didn’t answer his question. She stared at him with her big, blue eyes. “My name’s Geoffrey. What’s your name?” The girl didn’t respond. “How about Shirley? Marie? Betty? Jil – ”
The girl’s first response caught Geoffrey by surprise. “What?”
“Beep-beep, honk-honk,” the girl repeated.
“That’s the noise a car makes. Did you know that?” Geoffrey took a step closer to the fence. The girl gave him a small nod and a smile. “Do you see a lot of cars on this road?” Geoffrey pointed to the road behind him.
“Yeah, beep-beep, honk-honk.” Geoffrey stepped up to the fence and rested his hand on one of the white stakes. “Do you live here with your grandmother?” The girl didn’t reply. She looked over at the empty swing next to her.”
*WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop hosted by Emily Wrayburn wherein writers share excerpts of their latest WIP. All genres and levels of accomplishment are welcome. The only stipulation is that the excerpt must coincide with the date in some manner. For example, on 10/8/14 you might share 10 lines from page 8, 8 paragraphs from chapter 14, or perhaps 18 sentences by doing WIPpet math and adding the day to the month. We’re flexible like that.
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Quite confusing for Geoffrey, I’m certain… “Beep-beep, honk-honk.” I wonder.
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