Private Party – Friday Fictioneers, December 2016


Copyright Roger Bultot


The Maitre D’ steps into my path.

“You can’t go in there, madam.”

“But there are no free tables back here,” I protest.

A group of people wander past me into the darkened area of the restaurant, flooding it with a warm crimson glow.

“Private party,” he says, noticing my curious gaze.

“You may join us, if you wish,” whispers a voice behind me. An insistent hand nudges my elbow, guiding, pulling…

“I- I wouldn’t want to intrude,” I stammer.

The Maitre D’ nods approvingly.

Ten miles further on, I pass the carnage, the tangled wreckage.

And I realise I’m no longer hungry.


Well, it wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t have a ghost story, would it?  🙂  May I wish all Friday Fictioneers a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and creative New Year.  Thanks to our resident Mother Christmas, Rochelle, for her tireless dedication to Friday Fictioneers. 

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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38 Responses to Private Party – Friday Fictioneers, December 2016

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Ghosts of parties past. A nicely seasonal chiller, Sandra


  2. Ooooh it took my a few reads and also the hint you gave about ‘ghost story’, then it clicked! Love it! No, that’s not the party you want to get into to.


  3. Dear Sandra,

    I think I’d lose my appetite, too. Ah, Christmas and ghosts do seem to go together and you write it so well.




  4. Good thing she held out about not joining. That’s really creepy, Sandra. Good writing as always. Happy Holidays to you and yours. 🙂 — Suzanne


  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Like Jessie it took me a couple of reads to click, but excellent once I ‘got it’. Chilling story.


  6. paulmclem says:

    As ever, you aren’t afraid to challenge us with your writing, Sandra. I have my own take on this, not sure if it will necessarily match other readers, but that’s ok. Merry Christmas to you and yours. See you next week.


    • Sandra says:

      It’s weird, but I actually thought this was so obvious I took the word ‘icy’ out the ‘insistent hand’. I don’t mean to challenge, honestly! 🙂 Happy Christmas to you and yours too, Paul.


  7. wmqcolby says:

    Holy COW, this was creepy. Great exclamation mark of an ending. I went “whoa!” on that one.

    Have a Merry Christmas, Sandra, and to your whole family.


  8. ceayr says:

    Stylishly spooky.
    Is there anything you can’t do?
    Joyeux Noël, Sandra


  9. It took me a couple of reads but very worth it!


  10. Sue says:

    Ooh, I’m feeling chilly now…. Have a great Christas, and all the best for 2017, Sandra


  11. Well, I would call that a vise choice. Nicely done, as always. Merry Christmas!!!


  12. A story with impact. Let’s keep safe on the roads this festive season.


  13. Thanks for the Christmas chill, Sandra! Merry Christmas.


  14. I hate driving by accidents and I don’t like sirens. A chilling tale on this week’s photo prompt. Happy Holidays!


  15. Mike says:

    I often wondered if ghosts got hungry, now I know.


  16. rgayer55 says:

    The ghost of Christmas accidents? One drink, two drinks, three drinks, floor. Or this case much worse.


  17. draliman says:

    Yeeks! It’s nice to see them still partying anyway, given their unfortunate condition 🙂


  18. Liz Young says:

    It was the warm crimson glow that got to me – well written.


  19. Dale says:

    Yes, Christmas and chilling stories do go hand in hand, don’t they? As per usual… you did more than a stand-up job!!


  20. I would not be hungry either… even less thirsty actually, chilling.


  21. Rowena says:

    I think your ghost could’ve eaten too much sozzled Christmas Cake. Forget counting your drinks, it’s the pieces of sozzled Christmas Cake. Trent alerted me to this.
    I read through this a few times with the hints and still didn’t get the ghost reference. I’m Australian and struggle at times…even by the picture of the diner. I am starting to wonder whether a piece of Christmas Cake might actually help my mental function…just no driving afterwards.

    Best wishes,


  22. Michael Wynn says:

    Oh yes, a party well and fortunately avoided


  23. Thank God, she didn’t join them!
    Merry Christmas and happy New year!


  24. Spooky as they come. Well written as usual


  25. Amy Reese says:

    She stumbled upon quite the private party. You always got to be a bit suspicious of those, right? Great writing, Sandra. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!


  26. plaridel says:

    the maitre d’ was her guardian angel. bless her heart.


  27. subroto says:

    A private ghost party, bit lucky that she did not join in. A very subtle ghost story – nice one.


  28. Nothing like a spooky Christmas to make you want to hit the egg nog! 😉


  29. k rawson says:

    Haunting! That’s one roadside dinner to miss. Nicely done.


  30. rogershipp says:

    Wow… took me a moment to catch the clues. Well done!


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