Where There’s Smoke (A Six Sentence Story)

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“Don’t you be messin’ with no Ouija board,” Grandma admonished them, “those things are the Devil’s playground.”

Judith and her friends rolled their eyes at each other as they headed up to the attic of the old house in their pajamas for a slumber party, the Ouija board already hidden away in the rafters.

Judith wondered how her grandmother could possibly take a board game so seriously; all the kids were doing it, and it was all in good fun.

Soon they were sitting in a circle on the floor, Ouija board and planchette in the center, candles at each corner, inviting spirits to come and join them and asking questions about a classmate who had disappeared and was rumored to be dead.

At first they were nervous and giggly, not taking the movement of the planchette too seriously; then the air got heavy, and it slowly spelled out, “I have taken him, and if you seek him I will come for you as well.”

The girls looked at each other in terror as sulfurous smoke began to fill the attic, activating the smoke detector in the hallway below.


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Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

28 thoughts on “Where There’s Smoke (A Six Sentence Story)”

  1. Does no one watch movies? NEVER mess with the Ouija Board lol
    I remember when I was younger how popular those boards were, remember using one. Glad I outgrew that phase!! (Grandma is a smart woman)
    Excellent 6 Josie 🙂

  2. smile (of Six Appreciation) began with, “Don’t you be messin’ with no Ouija board,” (perfect ‘character-in-a-single-phrase’), through the spelled-out (pun intended) message and out the ending.
    “…most excellent Six, Miz Shoes, ma’am.”

  3. Grandma is right! Tried glass moving once, with an experienced woman who handled everything in a very respectful and calm manner. It worked. I will never, ever do such a thing again, it was so scary.

    1. You will have to share your story with me. They should have listened to Grandma! I am glad you like my new look here, I am
      much happier with it. I love colored backgrounds! Thank you for sharing theme info… it worked perfectly! 😊

  4. Wow, Fantastic story. You triggered a memory – pj parties at Bibiane Dunston’s house with a Ouija board. I loved the ending – the whole story was riveting.

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