Ghouls Galore Challenge Week 1: Crazy Meg

8 Oct

This was written for the first week of the Ghouls Galore Challenge. The prompts were:

A Poltergeist

“Boustrophedonic”

Crazy Meg

The book was ancient, the pages yellowed and curling at the edges, the leather bindings cracked beyond repair. But Crazy Meg had said that it held the answer to their problems, and despite being, as the name suggested, crazy, she did seem to be the authority on such things.

There was only one problem: reading it. Not only was it written in some form of Old English, but every other line seemed to have been written backwards, which made interpreting it a monumentally difficult task. As the eldest, Sarah had ‘volunteered’ for the challenge, and after hours of scrutinising the lines of cramped handwriting, she had finally cracked it.

“I’ve got it!” She exclaimed, a sigh of pure satisfaction escaping her lips as she collapsed back in her chair. “It’s a poltergeist!”

Michael and Ben exchanged a worried glance, unsure as to why their sister looked so relieved.

“Sarah?” Ben asked in a timid voice. “Aren’t poltergeists supposed to be evil vengeful spirits?”

“That’s a common misconception.” Sarah responded, in the voice which she reserved for correcting her younger brothers. “Many poltergeists are simply mischievous. Only a few turn out to be murderous.”

“Oh, only a few?” Michael said faintly. “That makes me feel so much better. Is there any way to get rid of it?”

“Exorcism.” Sarah replied immediately. “But it doesn’t say here how to do one, and you know what that means…”

The three siblings sighed in unison.

“We have to go back to Crazy Meg’s.”

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2 Responses to “Ghouls Galore Challenge Week 1: Crazy Meg”

  1. Jessica October 10, 2011 at 3:30 am #

    I love stories where the characters have to rummage around in old books and stuff. I guess a secret nerd fantasy of finding something ala Mummy style. I also am kind of interested in Crazy Meg, why is she crazy. You hooked me from the first line till the end!

  2. David A Ludwig October 11, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    I love Crazy Meg already, if for no other reason than I strongly suspect she knew they’d have to go see her again… I picture this specialist in a disrespected field who speaks in riddles and gives incomplete answers, in part because she enjoys the return visits as people figure out what they need to ask. Very nice.

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