Mondays Finish the Story Challenge – Just Curious

In response to Mondays Finish the Story Challenge.

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

The cemetery spread along the area known as Devils Abode. Sam didn’t know how it had gotten that name. Probably some teenagers or kids from a few generations back. She always made sure her sunset jog made a loop around its perimeter. To her, it was the most peaceful spot in town.

That evening as Sam ran past the wrought iron entryway, she spotted a woman kneeling in front of her father’s tombstone, placing a bouquet of delicate white roses. Curious, she approached her, dried leaves and dead flower petals crunching under her sneakers.

“Did you know him?” Sam asked.

She turned to her, wiping her wet cheek. She spoke in an exotic accent. “He was my father. I never met him.”

Sam stumbled backwards, gripping the stone to steady herself. The woman looked at her strangely.

Composure regained, Sam extended her hand and declared, “I’m Sam. We have a lot to talk about.”

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18 thoughts on “Mondays Finish the Story Challenge – Just Curious

  1. Curiosity is such a powerful attribute. Often, its quality is to bring the unexpected. Then, it’s our choice as to how to deal with that (which is shown so well in this piece. Thank you, Jenn; you’ve stimulated thinking in/for me…

  2. I love the direction you’ve taken with the prompt. I thought it would take the familiar evil things rising from their graves route, but I’m glad it didn’t. Good stuff!

  3. What a lovely ending! I liked sharing the word perimeter between our stories and the different directions we took. Well done.

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