Prompt: Ghost and Fireplace
Audrey looked dismally at the fireplace. It had been a long week. She couldn’t even begin to understand where everything had gone so horribly wrong. One moment she was blissfully happy. The next her husband was telling her of how madly in love with Judith he was. How he’d known it for years, but didn’t want to hurt her.
Didn’t he realize that falling in love with her younger sister would devastate her? Didn’t he know that keeping it from her for years would hurt her even more? I guess it was better that he told her about the two of them rather than find out like so many poor souls wind up doing. She couldn’t imagine what she would have done if she had come home to find them in bed together.
She supposed she got it in the end. Judith was beautiful. She was passionate. She believed in all the things that Greg did. She was constantly attending all of the events that Greg did. They talked for hours about many different topics. It’s amazing she couldn’t see any of the signs before now. She was just so in her element that her sister and her husband were able to get along so well. That she could spend time with her sister any time she wanted. She felt so stupid.
As she was continuing to dwell on her heartbreak, she looked up at the fireplace again and had to gasp at what she saw. Standing in front of the fireplace was the transparent figure of a woman who looked to be wearing a dress that was from a time long ago. The woman was staring at her intently.
Do not be alarmed, sweetheart.
“Are you… are you….”
Yes, child. I am a ghost. You could call me the spirit of the house if you wish. My name is Maria.
“Nice to meet you, Maria. I’m sorry if I’m coming off as rude. I just never expected you to show yourself to me.”
You didn’t need me until now. I made myself known to you so that you would understand you were never alone here. I planned to stay in the background. You need me now though. I am sorry that you are hurting so much.
“I guess you heard that, huh. And yes. I’ve heard you around. I just thought it was in my head. Greg never heard anything.”
He wasn’t meant to. I only intended for you to know of my existence. He was never worthy about knowing about me or the secrets of this house.
“Let’s just hope that he doesn’t win it in the divorce then.”
That won’t happen. This house legally belongs to you with a very binding contract that your father placed in your favor. Judith is your half sister and has no claim to this house and neither does your husband.
“How do you know all of this?”
That is a story for another time. Soon you will know everything. For now, rest. I am so glad that I am able to come to you openly now. We have so much to discuss.