An Unhappy Medium – Friday Fictioneers

Copyright Kelvin M Knight

We form the circle.

Lily abhors contact with Penrose; the first summons can launch her into a crazy spiral of despair, her anguish leaving us spent.

We all harbour a similar aversion to him;  I’ve seen the way others avoid him afterwards, hurriedly donning their coats.  His lust for the touch of her after-self nauseates us all.

The candles flicker, and a deafening hiss sucks the air from the room, plunging us into darkness.

Someone panics…  breaks the circle…

…and Lily is back.

Penrose will rue this day.

Because I suspect she’s here for good.

For him.

And truly pissed.

Inspired by the photo, and a book I’ve just finished (The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy) this is my offering for this week’s Friday Fictioneers.  Thanks as ever to Rochelle for her gracious hosting of the weekly get-together.  I hope all those Fictioneers who were in Irma’s malevolent path earlier this week are safe and well, and that order will soon be restored to their lives.

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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64 Responses to An Unhappy Medium – Friday Fictioneers

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Beautifully rendered little gothic tale


  2. Mike says:

    Sure glad that I was not there. Lily sounded very pissed off. Did I say that.


  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Should’ve just left Lily in peace, Penrose is in for a rough time by the sounds of it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Summoning is a dangerous practice.


  5. Varad says:

    Very dark and disturbing little tale. Goosebumps!


  6. Dear Sandra,

    Penrose doesn’t sound like someone to be possessed by. Love the title…made me snort. Glad I’d set my coffee aside.




  7. Excellent. Finding love is difficult enough for the living!


  8. gahlearner says:

    That was creepy. I wonder what Lily will do after she’s finished with Penrose.


  9. Caerlynn Nash says:

    Looks like a little karma for Penrose! Great story.


  10. granonine says:

    Spooky. Penrose sounds like your basic slimy stalker.


  11. James says:

    Penrose is toast (yes, I did that on purpose).

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Moon says:

    Really interesting as I had never read planchette stories before .Loved your story .


  13. Oh, this is good. One shouldn’t mess with things one doesn’t understand…especially when emotions are involved!


  14. Oops! There’s nothing like a pissed off ghost. Truly loved this, Sandra.


  15. plaridel says:

    i guess he’s getting what he deserves. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. draliman says:

    That’ll teach him to mess with the “beyond”. Bring it on, Lily!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Oh dear, Lily is not happy! Nice one.

    Click to read my FriFic


  18. Lynn Love says:

    He sounds repulsive – just that nod that he has a lust for the long dead Lily. Horrible. Beautifully told, Sandra. Was the book good?


  19. Miles Rost says:

    Reminds me of those seance episodes of Fantasy Island. Quite creepy, but well done!


  20. What’s Lily gonna do? Will she drag him to wherever it is she is?

    If so, that gives new meaning to the expression that what he did is to die for.


  21. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Nice one. I suspect he was very possessive of Lily in life and she has every right to be mad that he still wants to possess her after death.


  22. Dale says:

    This was… disturbing – ly good! Penrose should go off… it does not bode well for him to stayé


  23. Natasha says:

    Woooaaah! That’s a spooky one. Is there an after story too?
    A very well told tale Sandra.


  24. Very creepy tale but very ably written as is expected from you Sandra..


  25. Fluid Phrase says:

    Ghost stories from bread! What an imagination! 🙂


  26. Penrose did make my skin crawl 😦


  27. Sarah Ann says:

    Penrose should have let Lily lie. You paint Penrose as a particularly unpleasant character, suitably lecherous. I hope he manages to enjoy getting what he wish for.


  28. shwetadave09 says:

    Goosebumps! it was a thrill to read this piece. Super pick for the prompt.


  29. subroto says:

    He might be pleased getting her to appear but looks like she is about to strike a happy medium.


  30. rgayer55 says:

    I liked the line about “lusting for the touch of her after-self.” I chuckled aloud.


  31. Laurie Bell says:

    Gosh this was terrific. Vengeful spirit i hope he gets what’s coming to him


  32. Great, effective tale. He should leave well alone but somehow I don’t think he can see that. Sorry for the late comment, been somewhat incommunicado.


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