Something ― or someone ― moved in the shadows. The air shimmered as silently I crept up the steep rickety staircase. Deep down I knew there was nothing there but even so, I glanced into the alcoves as I passed by.

My voice hoarse, I softly asked, “Gillian, where are you hiding?”

All was silent.

I sighed, the sadness overwhelming.

Miraculously, she appeared before me. The cornflour blue sapphire earrings and necklace complimented the exquisite evening gown: a tight bodice, laced up the back, and full ankle length skirt. Tiny satin pumps, fastened with slender ankle straps, and beautifully embroidered wrist bag matched her delicate silk gown.

The sigh alerted her to my desire.

“Too late,” she murmured.

Whispering intruded.

Ghostly figures, a pale silvery grey appeared ― one by one ― as the scent of lilac blossom wafted in through the open window.

Panicking, I raced towards the open door.

“Too late,” she purred as the door slammed shut.

Her laughter terrified me. Whispering voices echoed around the room as I pulled open the door and raced down a narrow winding corridor leading to nowhere muttering, “Ghosts aren’t real, they’re a product of my overactive imagination.”

Feeling the touch of her hand on my shoulder, I screamed.

“Jamie, what’s wrong?”

I sighed, embracing my beloved wife. “Gillian,” I murmured breathlessly. “I was dreaming.”

I groaned when intense pain rendered me helpless as she dropped her shawl onto the floor revealing a blue silk evening gown and pretty satin pumps.

Published by llamamemeg

I love creating stories. In many ways―since I returned to the UK (from Andalucia, Spain) in August 2015―it has taken over my life. Until recently, I ran a blog covering my journey through research, writing/editing/publishing my first novel but I discovered that one of my somewhat unusual short stories had been “plagiarised” by a popular American Author. Taking someone else’s work, if only one chapter, is immoral. To ensure she didn’t steal any more of my work, I closed the blog. Something I now regret but regrets are pointless. “The Elderns” (formerly “The Eldern Journals”) were also extensively revised. Hopefully, they will be published on Amazon KDP before the end of 2022. The first volume of my short story books, “So Bizarre”, will also be published. Or they will when I manage to sus out how to upload them to the Amazon website.

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