Scribe’s Cave Picture Prompt #45 – The Hand


Image: c.1800. wooden prosthetic hand

Mum announced that for our family holiday we had rented an old house that had a history of things that go bump in the night.

The thought of a relaxing week away from the hustle and bustle of our normal lives went out the window as we looked about and contemplated the coming first evening with trepidation.

We all went to bed anticipating something that night. Around midnight the hairs on the back of my neck rose sharply when I realised there was something touching my arm.

It was a terrible moment I wanted to scream but couldn’t, wanted to run but my legs refused to move.

The scratching on my arm was real, I knew there was something there, I put my hand on it and felt the cold wooden fingers, wrap themselves around my own hand tightly.

Unable to pull away I finally screamed, waking the entire household bringing mum, dad, my brother all-rushing into my room.

They stood around my bed looking at me as I huddled trembling under my blankets, my hands clasped around the left hand of my wooden doll Jemima.

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10 Responses to Scribe’s Cave Picture Prompt #45 – The Hand

  1. JackieP says:

    When someone thinks they will be scared of something, they usually are. In a scary place even the mundane is no longer mundane. All though I had to admit I chuckled with the end sentence. What does that say about me? LOL

  2. Pat says:

    The end was such a delightfully inventive and “wicked” twist – that I too, had to chuckle. And no, I certainly do not like the “otherworldly” fears – or much of this world’s fears either. But the mind’s imagination can run wild – the cup runneth over! Well done Michael 😀

  3. RoSy says:

    Oh – the imagination can run wild when you are told that a place is haunted or enchanted…

  4. Lyn says:

    You built it up beautifully, Michael. I wasn’t sure what to expect in the climax, but it certainly wasn’t that. Loved it 😀

  5. AR Neal says:

    Well played, sir! It’s easy to forget the familiar when surrounded by the new and unfamiliar. As Lyn said you built up very nicely and the tension was easily felt 😀

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