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When is a House Haunted

Eerie parlor music squeaks out over the musty floral rug No human people have been in here for a long time The organ has lost some keys; which gives a weird sound The ghosts in the attic cringe, remembering better days. Once a showplace, the house is overrun by vermin now. Skittering and scampering across the floor is commonplace. Mice have nests in the rug, and in the long-forgotten divan. Tiny streams of light come through the holes in the paper blinds. Owners of this house have allowed it to die an unnatural death. Urine smells keep the riffraff out; including a mother opossum. It is the place where halfhearted spiders go to die. Not haunted, yet, full of unhappy memories. Why the organ plays herself, none of us know. We wait in the shadows, willing a human to come forth. Hoping they will somehow fix her up, making her fresh and new. A man attempts to peek into the windows. The organ ceases its dirge-like play. We animals skitter into the darkest shadows. A surprise for a realtor on this holiest of days. Halloween, a day for crazed visitors. Seems appropriate that he wears a mask.

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Date: 10/26/2021 5:01:00 PM
Wow! My imagination run rife with this clever narrative....
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 10/26/2021 11:23:00 PM
I just see a photo and bam - there is a story.
Date: 10/26/2021 9:55:00 AM
Fantastic imagery. If the presence of spirits means the same as being "haunted," I have lived in a "haunted house." We just made the spirits' acquaintance and made them feel welcome. We were never afraid!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 10/26/2021 11:23:00 PM
Yes it kind of does Hank; so watch out.
Date: 10/26/2021 8:23:00 AM
So well done! Unusual and full of imagery. Wow! Would love to see this one as POTD! Should be!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 10/26/2021 8:37:00 AM
I just had that; we have to spread the honor around Kim but thank you for such a sweet compliment.