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A Clock Strikes Thirteen

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A Clock Strikes Thirteen

Through the trees, they saw a light
As a haze o’er the village ahead
And weary from walking many miles
Two travellers thought they may find a bed

As they made their way to the village
A mist descended, cold and damp
Hindering the traveller’s on their quest
Shrouding the light from both window and lamp

Cloaked in the mist, the village was still
With no sign of life to be seen
As the traveller’s made their way to an inn
Ahead in the distance, a clock struck thirteen

As the last chime rang, from beyond the grave
Ghosts of the dead filled the streets
The travellers were frozen, unable to move
Fear and dread chilling their bones, head to feet

The traveller’s looked for a haven
But no matter how hard they tried
There was nowhere, for them to run to
With all routes of possible escape denied

Surrounded by the walking dead
And powerless in their plight
They were quickly consumed by spectres,
Who carried their souls off into the night

Satiated, the dead, returned to their graves
The clock once again struck thirteen
And two piles of dust, were all that remained
On the spot where the traveller’s had been.

Janette Fisher

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  1. Date: 10/6/2012 4:25:00 PM
    If Rod Serling were alive today, he would have you write a script for an episode of "The Twilight Zone" or "Night Gallery". This is a very impressive write.

  1. Date: 5/5/2012 10:06:00 PM
    It's interesting to make a clock strike 13. But that made it supernatural! Very nice,and congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 5/4/2012 9:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the "Stranded/Ghosts" contest Janette. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/3/2012 12:51:00 PM
    A cut and paste apology for a cogratulations message but congrats. Am on holiday with limited access xx

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 8:04:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Janette great spooky story hugs vie

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 2:45:00 PM
    Very well done story, meter and rhyme!!Congrad's on your win. Light & love

  1. Date: 4/3/2012 1:01:00 PM
    Hi Janette great write loved it scared my witless brill

  1. Date: 12/20/2011 1:37:00 PM
    Great work Janette really enjoyed Declan

  1. Date: 12/15/2011 7:47:00 PM
    Scaray indeed, gives the reader chills, I hoped for a happy ending but your twist made it even more unnerving. Great story you told! :)

  1. Date: 11/14/2011 3:42:00 PM
    An interesting, if macabre, tale, indeed.