FFfAW Challenge – Week of September 6, 2016 – Mr Turner


The Japanese maples made the place look spectacular and there was no escaping the beauty of the autumn colours but it didn’t change a single thing. The old shed was haunted.

No came near the old place as to do so was the awaken the ghost of Old Man Turner, the cantankerous old grouch who occupied the shed for sixty years before they found him dead one day.

If you went there you had this sense that behind you was something malevolent. The cold chills down your spine didn’t do anything to help the situation.

I only went there once, to say goodbye to Mr. Turner who despite his infamy was my neighbor and I understood his reclusive life. His one great love had died in the front room and he never got over it and in death his spirit wanted to protect her memory as he had done so in life.


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44 Responses to FFfAW Challenge – Week of September 6, 2016 – Mr Turner

  1. Olga says:

    Lovely, bright photo of dark history beyond. ❤

  2. Wonderful story, Michael. The ghost of Mr. Turner is protecting the memory of his beloved. I love how the narrator of the story understands Mr. Turner and why he haunts the shed. A love story!

  3. Joy Joyancel says:

    Lovely story, love the contrast

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    A touching last paragraph that changed my feelings towards poor Old Mr Turner. Nice one.

  5. A scary love story.
    Brilliantly written.

  6. maria says:

    Awwee… That’s the kind of love that goes beyond the realm of mortals.

  7. rosemawrites says:

    a sad, poignant and beautifully-told tale. indeed there is something haunting about that lightless house!

  8. Singledust says:

    grouchy ones have the softest hearts, he wore his armour well so no one knew how much he hurt after she was gone….this was a special read….thank you

  9. afairymind says:

    I love that the narrator understood that behind Old Mr Turner’s grouchy exterior was a loving heart. Great story, Michael. 🙂

  10. mandibelle16 says:

    Poor old man turner. I’m glad he had one ‘friend’ who even in death, understood why he was haunting the shed and sad circumstances of how he lived his years after her death. Maybe, he’ll see the light?

  11. luckyjc007 says:

    It’s a shame we do not always really know a person when they are grouchy and keep their distance. Most of the time there is something deeper than what we see and he saw that in Mr. Turner. A sad, but understandable story of how people are viewed.

  12. Al says:

    Sweet. Such a shame no one really got to know him in life.

  13. milliethom says:

    A lovely story, Michael, and a sad one for Mr. Turner. To have lost the love of his life must have been truly heartbreaking for him – which makes his reclusive life very understandable.

  14. Ellespeth says:

    We’re all just people in the end.

  15. I love the contrast of dark and light love in this story. Interesting read.

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