Emily’s Ghost

Emily’s ghost roams the rail station, crying and searching for her elusive lover.

Emily was with child when Jonathan left, but he did not know; she kept it hidden as long as possible. After three excruciating days of a difficult labor, death consumed her, taking the baby with her.

Anne Marie, Emily’s friend, tried finding Jonathan to tell him, but her letters were continually returned.

Emily and her baby are buried in the city’s Pauper Graveyard with only a small unassuming stone.

Emily and Baby Girl

Died September 12, 1887

Emily searches for Jonathan to make her family complete.


Thank you to Louise Bunting with The Storyteller’s Abode for the beautiful prompt photo this week.

This is my 100 word submission for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, where we are given a photo prompt and approximately 100-175 words with which to build our stories. The challenge is open to everyone who would like to participate. It’s fun and addicting. If you wish more information, please click here. And, to read the stories from great writers, click on the link below.




53 thoughts on “Emily’s Ghost

  1. So I think you are spying on my thoughts, LOL! The other day you wrote about Klu Klux Klan and my hubby and I had just been talking about it and now I read this post! Well yesterday my co-workers and I were talking about graves! We work near a cemetary and there are really old graves there. The one grave only says Baby and Daddy and we were wondering about the circumstances around that. Now I am wondering what you are going to write about tomorrow and if it will make another connection with my life. LOL! Love your stories!

  2. So sad. I wish she would have said something to Jonathen so he wouldn’t have left and could have helped her and prevented both her and the child’s deaths. But it sounds like he never came back so something must have been up there. Good one!

  3. I wonder what happened to Jonathan that meant no one could ever find him…? Did he cut his ties out of choice or were they cut for him? And if she ever does find him on the other side will he want their family to be complete as much as she does? A wonderfully chilling story, PJ, that leaves me with lots of questions. Nicely done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Very sweet with a touch of the twilight zone. Especially if he’s run out on her, or his life ended by other means on his journey back to her? Love it.
    I’m also participating this time but my contribution won’t post until midnight. I just realized, because I’m slow, that the challenge runs the entire week, so when other obligations are met I can play. I hope you’ll stop by tomorrow. I’m trying something new. The photo was just so cool!

  5. A haunted railway station would be definitely creepy. I was about to say, most passengers would avoid it, but perhaps the opposite would happen. People tend to have a fascination with the idea of ghosts. It’s a lovely little story, PJ, though sad. Perhaps she’ll find Jonathan one day.

  6. That description – ‘elusive lover’ – me wondering about Jonathan. So mysterious. Where was he going?

    Perhaps their spirits. if meant to be, will meet in another realm.

    A haunting piece, PJ.


    • Thank you Ellespeth! Jonathan decided not to stay with her. He left to go back home – reason unknown. If Emily has anything to do with it they will be together in the afterlife, as a family. Thank you so much for reading!

  7. I was really waiting for your version on this pic. It is an amazing pic and I am glad to find a haunted story ๐Ÿ˜€ Lovely take PJ ๐Ÿ˜€

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