Ward’s Play – Friday Fictioneers – 01/31/14

Here’s my contribution to Friday Fictioneers, a wonderful group of talented writers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Thank you to Claire Fuller for the photo.

Why not give it a try? Here are the instructions.

Today’s piece is loosely inspired by my trip to Preston Castle. Here’s a post I did about it last October. Preston’s School of Industry was a reform school, where juveniles were wards of the state. One of the vocations they could learn was carpentry. Many deaths occurred on the premises and the place is now considered haunted.

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Genre: Fiction (100 words)

Copyright -Claire Fuller

The workshop remained intact under a blanket of dust. The kids swarmed the warehouse, its forbidden entry enticing the most innocent, with most testing their fiery independence.

Larry formalized his leadership, proclaiming, “The dude was stabbed here. Look. Drops of blood.”

The kids ran to his side, “Where?”

“Made you look,” Larry teased.

An object crashed into the wall. A baseball rolled into Larry’s foot. The kids ran outside, except for Jenny. She waited for Stu, who crept from behind a corner.

“I knew it was you,” she said.

A machine thumped loudly.

“Larry?” Stu’s voice echoed in the stillness.

70 thoughts on “Ward’s Play – Friday Fictioneers – 01/31/14

  1. I remember your Preston Castle post. This is great! I love how you used the picture plus your experience to put this together.


    1. Thanks, Cathy. I’m glad you thought so. When I took the tour at the Preston Castle, I thought to myself what a fascinating backdrop it would be for a story! It’s loaded with history, that’s for sure.


  2. Echoing all the “creepy” comments (by which of course, I mean the story is creepy, not the creepy comments.) In the first line, “intact” rather than “in tact”, which I know you know. ๐Ÿ™‚



  3. There is nothing like a nice creepy story to whet the appetite my sweet friend and I have enjoyed this one Amy ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely rest of evening and a great start to your week ๐Ÿ™‚

    Andro xxxx


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