Thursday, January 3, 2013

B. J. Robinson Writes First Ghost Story...

weeping willow
weeping willow (Photo credit: Mister.Tee)


The contestants gathered for breakfast the next morning. Guests seated around the huge dining table, servers placed warm plates with scrambled eggs and cheese, ham, bacon, sausage, grits and butter for the Southerners and hash browns or breakfast potatoes for the Northerners. As they ate, the butler continued the story of Weeping Willows. He didn't sit with them, but stood and made gestures as he related the tale.

"After breakfast this morning, I'd like to show you a special flowerbed that's been kept up all these years. If you look out your windows from upstairs, you'll notice a heart-shaped one. It's full of red and white petunias." He pointed to the back windows. "In fact, you'll see it out the windows from here." "When the man found out what his wife had done, he buried her on Valentine's Day. He bought her a box of chocolates, a dozen red roses, and a bottle of champagne." The butler's voice boomed as he waved his hands around. "This place is bound to be full of ghosts, unsettled souls with unfinished business." 

"What happened to him?" Brad dared to interrupt and ask. "Why did he buy his wife those items when she was dead?" "He buried her with his last gifts and gave her the exact same presents he'd given her on their first Valentine's Day. After he buried his wife amongst the flowers she loved so much, he shot himself once in the mouth." The butler shook his head before he continued. "At first, it was thought that someone kidnapped his wife and murdered him. No one thought to look in the flowerbed until her ghost was spotted there underneath a full moon. She was sitting on a stone bench surrounded by the flowers and weeping.

Weeping Willows

By B. J. Robinson


The cover of this short story (28 pages) lends a gothic flavor to what is an interesting ghost story with quite a contemporary concept...

 I liked that the author provided a short note at the beginning indicating that she had lived for a short time in Angie, Louisiana--past memories that stayed with her to later "haunt" her for this story? LOL

It started with a contest to win a Honeymoon trip to Hawaii... But as soon as Angela and Brad met there, there was a near accident as Angela was almost hit by a stone falling from above...

Kevin, one part of another couple was there to meet and greet them, letting them know that he was going to be the winner...

Not a good way to start off a short stay in what was claimed to be a haunted house!

Which it was...

Interestingly the former lady of the house came to welcome Angela to her home...

While the former man of the house came to visit Kevin's Molly and wasn't quite so nice...

Meanwhile the Butler is sharing stories clearly meant to scare them all away. Was he hired to do that? Was it part of the contest? Were there really ghosts or were they all actors?

Finally, Angela and Brad found themselves sitting in their car, wondering what was really going on--and more importantly what to do...

What happened was a surprising twist that I would not have thought of! I think you will enjoy this one...


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Multi-published, award-winning author B. J. Robinson writes inspirational Christian fiction in the romantic suspense genre from Florida, where she lives with her husband, a cat named Frankie, a golden cocker spaniel named Sunflower, and a golden retriever named Honi. She specializes in writing layered romance with twists for dog and pet lovers. This is her first short story in this genre.

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