Reaching Out For You, (Friday Fictioneers January 2013)

An interesting photo prompt from Friday Fictioneers this week, courtesy of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.   Time for a change, I think.

Genre:  Paranormal

The babble of unholy voices tumbles from the dangling earpiece, then ceases abruptly as I touch it,  leaving only a gentle hissing on the line; softened wax begins to ooze down the menorah, yet there are no candles.

I stare into the face in the photograph, as his mouth curves into a cynical smile.

The red crayon scrawls on the photographic border.

“You must come to me.”

“I’m needed here,” I say.

A tinny voice echoes from the earpiece.

“Come now. Or tomorrow there will be no ‘here’.”

For all your sakes, I must go.

Will he never let me be?

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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70 Responses to Reaching Out For You, (Friday Fictioneers January 2013)

  1. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    What a lovely spooky tale to wake up to. Your spirit voice seems a little bit evil, if that is even possible. I suppose you are either evil…or not. In any event, I thank goodness for her that this is only a story. “Don’t go into the light….”




  2. Oooooh, Sandra. Eerie little story. I love the way you incorporated each object. As I write the phone in the photo is on the antique desk beside me. So far it’s silent…
    Another good one.


  3. Abraham says:

    Excellent piece, as always.


  4. Mehn, damn Gorgeous! [Can I use that word for a story?] Very creative use of the prompt!!! 🙂


  5. Eerie! I’m staying away from any antique phones, that’s for sure! Nice job.


  6. JKBradley says:

    Right up my alley!


  7. If I were Rochelle, I’d be getting all that spooky stuff out of my house ASAP! Your first two paragraphs especially had me seriously on edge. Shudder!


  8. Don’t believe everything you hear…


  9. muZer says:

    Oh! boy.. She’s in quite a pickle. Spooky story, just reading it gave me the heebie-jeebies! Great usage of the prompt objects.


  10. elappleby says:

    A spooky tale – we must have similarly strange brains because I thought ‘voices from beyond’ too when I saw the prompt. Nice work!


  11. Thank goodness our antique phone doesn’t do any of this!! I’ve now made it through three rows of stories one after the other and have to stop for a bit, but what a last story!!



  12. nightlake says:

    this was scary..better to hide that photo and never look at it..very well done


  13. wmqcolby says:

    Yikes!!! I want to sleep downstairs now instead of anywhere NEAR an attic! Sandra, that was GREAT! I just HAD to drop everything to see your story … I wasn’t disappointed, as usual! Congratulations!!!


  14. kz says:

    spooky! and mysterious.. makes me wonder about her relationship with that man,, a great story ^^


  15. Debra Kristi says:

    Oh, the pressure. Gotta love those demanding voices that call you up on old phones asking you to save the world. Pretty cool flash.


  16. claireful says:

    Ooh, spooky. And very different from your usual writing, but definitely as good.


  17. rgayer55 says:

    I could hear the theme from Twilight Zone playing in the background. Good thing the voice didn’t ask ME to save the world. We’d all be in a lot of trouble.


  18. unspywriter says:

    Very chilling and downright scary. The tension builds throughout. Nice job.

    Here’s mine:


  19. writeondude says:

    Spooky stuff. Well done in getting all four unconected items in!


  20. wow good job with building this story, tension and foreboding.


  21. Wow, what a perfect storm of hauntings. Pretty spooky, if you ask me. I don’t know what I’d do, if I couldn’t walk away from it.


  22. Hi Sandra,
    Very clever how you work all the objects into your sinister tale. Thanks for pointing out the misspelling in my story. I have it fixed now, thanks to you. ron


  23. Very spooky. Where is she going? I must know!


  24. elmowrites says:

    I’m seeing Rochelle in your story – looking at the photo and wondering whether to save the Fictioneers or let us burn! Masterful as ever, Sandra.


  25. Tom Poet says:

    Great work Sandra. Spooky…I swear those crayons moved when I read this story….


  26. tedstrutz says:

    I’d get rid of all that stuff… except the world might end. She better go.


  27. Oh my, perhaps I shan’t answer my phone tomorrow! You took this photo to the dark side, and did it well.


  28. boomiebol says:

    Spooky…very good take on the prompt


  29. Sarah Ann says:

    Spooky and sinsiter. (I’ve changed my plans to sort through some old photos this weekend.) It would be great to have a follow-up on why he can’t leave your MC be.


  30. Tough choice here. Sounds like the spirit is actually warning against impeding disaster, maybe it’s better just to go along.


  31. Parul says:

    And here I have been sitting and wrecking my brain on how I am never able to write a horror story!
    This was spooky Sandra. I like it!!


  32. It’s not easy to type a comment with my hair standing on end! Good job – every sentence is scarier than the one before.


  33. vbholmes says:

    So who is “he”? I read all the comments and replies and no clues. Good story, Sandra.


  34. Spooky, Sandra. I like how you moved between the photographic and the earpiece both communicating. I would definitely be freaked out by this. Well done. – Amy


  35. Sunshine says:

    yikes! glad he didn’t come crawling out of the phone…then i would have screamed!!
    goose bump reading…i love it!! ❤


  36. rich says:

    “will he never let me be” so this has happened before then? oh, poor dear, pestered from the ‘beyond’ over and over. well done.


  37. Anne Orchard says:

    Sounds like they have sacrificed themselves so the world can carry on, so may I just say thank you. Great tense atmosphere, well written, and top points for including all the items.


  38. YJ says:

    Spooky…he has an obligation to go for the sake of others. Will he return? I really enjoyed.


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