Presence – Six Sentence Story

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After worrying whether he should or not, Tom called his father telling him that he saw the ghostlike presence of Aunt Janet after his classes that afternoon.

“She said she was sorry, but she didn’t say what for,” Tom added.

“What did you say?”

“I told her it was OK and then she vanished.”

Tom didn’t believe in ghosts, nor did his father, but he felt obligated to pass on this message not understanding what actually alienated his father from Aunt Janet over a decade ago. He was relieved when he heard his father say, “I’m glad you told her that.”

Denise offers the prompt word “presence” for this week’s Six Sentence Stories.

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Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

45 thoughts on “Presence – Six Sentence Story”

  1. A ghost story with a powerful message to give. I like how it was Tom who was the receiver, as though he was the perfect bridge between his father and Janet. I wonder what the backstory is for the fallout? That said, the message remains powerful even without knowledge.

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  2. Maybe Aunt Janet somehow knew Tom, even though not believing in ghosts, would deliver her message, whereas his father probably wouldn’t have even stayed around long enough to hear what she had to say. Nice to finally have closure.

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    1. Tom was more receptive to the message. Thankfully his father was willing to forgive and perhaps longed to ask for forgiveness as well. Thank you, Pat!


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