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The Phantom Friend

by Isa White | Score: 3000

“What the hell is that?!”
“W-what is what?”
“That!” Martha yelled. “Do you not see that?”
Liam looked around, confused. “No, what are you even looking at?”
Martha pointed, and Liam followed her finger. He jumped when he spotted it. “Whoa, how did that get in here?”
“And how did it die?!” Martha yelled.
“Well—”
“That’s not funny, William.” Martha narrowed her eyes.
Liam thought for a moment. “Do you remember that part from The Great Gatsby where the whole Myrtle thing happens?”
Martha paused. “What are you implying here?”
“Maybe...you’re being framed for a crime you didn’t even commit.”
“Liam, a dead rodent in my living room is not a crime. It’s just unexpected because this is a big mansion with lots of staff that could’ve caught it and cleaned it up by now.” She stopped. “Wait a minute...why hasn’t anyone cleaned it up yet?”
“Doesn’t the staff have off on Sundays?” Liam reminded her.
“Well...yes, but that’s only after breakfast. They should’ve seen this before then.” She narrowed her eyes. “Liam, did you summon another ghost last night?”
Liam’s eyes shifted nervously. “...no.”
Martha crossed her arms. “Liam—”
“It wasn’t a ghost, per se.” Liam shrugged defensively. “It was more like a phantom of sorts.”
“What’s the difference even?!” Martha screamed in frustration.
“Well, a ghost haunts a building, an object, or a person, while a phantom is more of a free roamer, you see?” Liam explained.
Martha stared at him, annoyed.
“What?” Liam shrugged again. “You asked, I answered.”
“Liam, for the love of everything good and holy, I’m going to freaking destroy you!” Martha yelled. “I have a five year old to take care of!”
“And?” Liam rolled his eyes. “He’s not yours.”
“What does that matter? I still have a dead rodent on my living room floor!” Martha gestured to the rat. “And, odds are, your little phantom friend put it there.”
“Feh,” Liam waved a hand, “what proof do you have?”
“Richard, Macey!” Martha called.
“They’re still sleeping, they won’t—”
“You called, my love?” Ricky appeared

Completed challenges

The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:

Begin Start typing to begin
Words Reach 50 words
Words Reach 100 words
Words Reach 200 words
Event Your character sees something terrifying
Prop Include a novel
Letter Use the letter F
Words Reach 300 words

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