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It’s nearly Halloween and time for spooky stories.  Jo Richardson wants us in the spirit.  No pun….

So here’s mine...

“Wake up, Dennis. Did you hear it?”

“Hear what?” He was sleepy and disinterested.

“That scraping noise.”

He listened. “I don’t hear anything. Probably just the house settling. Go back to sleep.”

I pulled the covers up high and snuggled down. This 'new' house of ours was over a hundred years old. How long does a house take to settle? The real estate agent had told us there were rumors of a haunting. Dennis sneered at that. The price was right and he loved a project. Maybe he’s right and I’m being silly. A restless spirit that wants revenge? Do I really believe that?

I tried to clear my mind and think peaceful thoughts. Wait. There it is again. I know I heard it this time. I shook Dennis awake.

“There’s someone or something downstairs. Dragging something.”

“Oh, for heaven’s sake. You won’t let me rest until I check it, will you?”

“Nope.”

He slid from the bed and put his feet in his slippers. He padded to the door and shot me a look over his shoulder.

“Don’t you want to take a baseball bat or something?”

“I’ll be right back.” Exasperation oozed from him.

I heard his feet on the stairs. A groan. There was a scuffling sound. Was that laughter? Then quiet.

“Dennis?”

Nothing.

“Dennis?” Louder this time. I slipped out of bed and ran to the top of the steps.

“If you’re trying to scare me, it’s working.”

When the police arrived, all that remained were blood soaked slippers.

 

Time to be scared by the incomparable Ronnie Allen. And I have faith hers will be terrifying!!!!! Let’s go see.

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