Wednesday, 5 September 2018

MRS H'S GUEST HOUSE - 100 word story

Moonlight conjures many ideas so I was pleased to see this week's photo prompt from the Friday Fictioneers. 
Here's my take on a classic:


PHOTO PROMPT © Gah Learner


MRS H'S GUEST HOUSE

When Jenny started howling at the moon my world altered.
A deep growl had woken me: a dissonance that stretched and elongated into a full blown howl. It filled the empty spaces in the house and it was coming from Jenny's room. This really wouldn't do.
'I can't have you disturbing other guests,' I said.
Jenny bared her teeth.
When I went to close the curtains against the bothersome glare of the full moon, I saw Jenny loping across the lawn. She stopped and stared at me.
I joined her and we threw back our heads to howl in the moonlight.





I hope you enjoyed this story and I look forward to your comments. 


If you wish to read more Friday Fictioneers stories, you can find them listed HERE




If you'd like to join in the challenge, you'll find all the information posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields 
- her blog is listed on 'My Blog List' on the right hand side of this page.



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81 comments:

  1. Dear Susan,

    This was different take on the werewolf theme. Love that she joined Jenny. A howling good time was had by all. ;) Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks, Rochelle. Not all werewolf stories have to be about blood and gore. :)

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  2. Keeping it in the family. Nice. :) And so considerate too.

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  3. Well, I wasn't expacting that ending!

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  4. Nice twist at the end! You led me up the garden path good and proper.

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  5. Who better to provide control and support simultaneously, but a kindred spirit?

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    1. Just watch out next time someone bares their teeth at you! :)

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  6. Great twist at the end. And now the guests can get a good nights sleep.

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    1. So long as they don't decide to take a turn around the garden before they go to bed, Susan. :)

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  7. I am quite glad you went where you did! They are perfect couple!

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  8. Love this take and "This really wouldn't do" which sounds like such a rational comment for an extraordinary situation. Well done!

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    1. Glad that little touch worked for you, Sascha. (It was deliberate!)

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  9. And then back just in time for a quick early breakfast of the guests in Room 3 :-)

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    1. Ooh, now I hadn't thought of that little problem, Alistair!

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  10. It's amazing, or maybe not, how so many people have taken the werewolf route this time.

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  11. A guest house to avoid methinks - it attracts some very odd customers!

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    1. Yes, 'ware a place when you hear howling at night!

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  12. Human turning into beast on full moon night.

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  13. That is an interesting guest house with an intriguing host/ess. I'm not sure I'd want to lodge there. :)

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  14. I liked this. the house of the rising werewolves. :) I could definitely see more expansion about these two and their guests/house.

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  15. Ha ha - like The House of the Rising Werewolves as a story title, Stuart. Maybe there is more mileage in this and it could be expanded into a longer short story (if that isn't an oxymoron!).

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  16. A really entertaining tale Susan. I love the line 'Jenny loping acros the lawn'. !

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  17. Smart story of two were-wolves!
    Now they can howl in peace without getting judged :)
    Incredible Impression - Anita

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    1. Well, let's hope so! Thanks for commenting, Anita.

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  18. This one is a howler. A family that howls together, um, howls together.

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    1. Ha ha... groan! Thanks for that observation, Subroto. :)

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    1. He he - the jokes are coming in thick and fast now! Thanks, Lizy. :)

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  20. A different take on the werewolf lore. Glad you didn't go all scary with the bloody and gory descriptions. I like your story, Susan.

    Piyali (Wordpress)

    https://solitarysoulwithachaoticmind.wordpress.com/2018/09/06/night-shifts/

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    1. Blood and gore would be too obvious. Glad you liked the slant I put on it, Piyali. :)

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  21. I liked this a lot. Great twist at the end.

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  22. What an imaginative take on the picture. I love the idea of werewolves in a guest house. Extraordinary creatures in such an ordinary place. Great writing. Jilly, Sugar on the Bee.

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    1. He he - thanks, Jilly. I love trying to find the extraordinary in the ordinary!

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  23. I think they were howling in perfect harmony :) Your story made me smile.

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  24. Wow, I did not see that ending coming. :)

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  25. Yet another doffing of the hat to 'Dark Shadows'..nice

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I have no idea how this scenario bubbled up from my subconscious. :)

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  27. i enjoyed the story very much. thank you.

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  28. You can't beat a werewolf story. and in this case, if you can't beat'em, join 'em!

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    1. I used to be scared rigid by werewolf stories as a child - never dreamt I'd be writing one! Thanks for commenting.

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  29. Hope their combined howling doesnt disturb other guests'or neighbourhood.

    https://ideasolsi65.blogspot.com/2018/09/hostage.html

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    1. Yes, they might have to move to a remote location, Kalpana. Thanks for your comment.

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  30. And there was me thinking that the foxs' yipping and yowling in the night in my neighbourhood was troublesome;-)I'm glad my neighbours aren't into night-howling, too! I liked the twist at the end, as did some of your other readers.

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    1. Yes, what's a fox yip compared to a wolf howl? Thanks for commenting, Sarah. :)

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  32. I love the twist at the end. Nicely done!

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  33. Two werewolves. I do hope they leave the guests alone. Might have an negative effect on on profits. 😊 Nicely done.

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    1. He he - yes, they'll have to be careful about that. Thanks for commenting, Jo.

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  34. Tale of the werewolves perfect for a moonlit night!

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    1. It seemed like the obvious choice of subject when I saw the moon in the photo. :)

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  35. I think it's a good idea to elope... safer for the guests

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  36. I feel like she embraced herself at the end, inner werewolf and all!

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    1. Oh, I like that! Release your inner werewolf! :)

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  37. This has a lovely uplifting ending - a feel good feeling that they are able to howl together.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah Ann - who said werewolves had to be scary? :)

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  38. Loved the werewolf take on the prompt. Liked the fact that it was not put out to come across as gruesome..

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    1. He he - cuddly, 'howly' werewolves instead! Thanks for your comment, Meha.

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  39. How fun to howl together in the moonlight! :-)
    I doubt the guests found it fun to listen to them.

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    1. Yes, you have to wonder about the rest of the guests! :)

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  40. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! ;)

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  41. Ha! Ha lovely, uplifting little tale. I kind of like Jenny and what she elicited. Two happy werewolves, doing a moon dance. Niceee!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Natasha. Thanks for commenting.

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