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A Christmas Ghost Story - Going Home

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Nell is an author and writer. Apart from short stories and articles she has written three novels which you can find on Amazon.

snow car broken down

snow car broken down

'Darn it, why does it always happen to me?' Christine pulled over and stopped the car. It was snowing heavily and she was cold and hungry. And it was getting dark.

She looked around to see if there was anybody who could help her, but as usual, her luck had run out.

' 'I am going to kill Sara.'

She blew on her hands and searched for the gloves that seemed to have disappeared from the passenger seat.

Opening the door she stepped out, and the icy wind hit her in the face.

Trees and more trees surrounded the clearing, and for the life of her she couldn't figure out how she could have gone wrong.

'Maybe I should have bought that sat-nav.'

She said this out loud, and jumped when a voice behind her said, 'Can I help you?'

Turning around she was surprised to see a young man standing there. He was wearing a thick woolen jumper and jeans, but no coat.

'Thanks, er yes. For some reason, my car decided to die on me. Can you take a look?' She blew on her hands.

He smiled.

'Yes, of course, I can. My name's Paul, and you are....?'

'Christine Shelby, I am on the way to see my friend and, well this happened.' She smiled and shivered.

'Okay, let's take a look.'

'Don't you need a coat? It's freezing out here. And by the way? Where did you come from?'

He stood back up and indicated a house through the trees.

'That's me, over there. When we've finished if you would like a hot chocolate or something?' he shifted his feet, 'unless you.....'

Christine laughed, 'that would be great yes!'

Paul leaned down into the engine, checked the gas and at last stood back.

'Can't find anything wrong with it. Hold on, I will have to go to the house and collect some more tools. Want to come and get warm? Trust me, I am not a creepy dude stuck in the forest, you can check if you like!' He said this with a laugh.

Christine smiled and said, 'no, it's okay, I will wait in the car for you to come back, thanks.'

'Oh, okay. Be back in a minute.' And he set off home.

Holly snow ghost

Holly snow ghost

'Spanner, check. Wire cutters, check. Okay, that should do it.'

Shutting the door behind him, he headed back towards the car.

'Hey, hope you're not too cold,' he yelled.

Then he stopped.

The car had gone! Where.....?

Puzzled, Paul walked over to the spot where the car had stood. There were no tire marks!

What on earth?

Shaking his head he walked slowly back to his house. Stepping inside he realized he must have missed something.

Why would she go without saying goodbye?

'Weird!' Paul scratched his head and walked into the living room.

But there...

On the table in the room was a lonely sprig of holly covered in snow.

How?

Shaking his head he picked it up and just stared at it.

Puzzled, Paul sat down to try and figure it out.

'Ah well, she must have got the car started. But where did the holly come from?'

Laughing, he muttered,' Its just snow madness, better put the holly on the tree. But I can't remember buying any.'

Shaking his head, he turned on the News.

'Early this morning there was a fatal car crash up by the Millpond. A young woman, Christine Shelby was on her way to see her friend Sara when.......'

'Jesus.........!


© 2019 Nell Rose

Comments

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 23, 2020:

Hi Eddy, good to see you back! I look forward to reading all your new articles.

Eiddwen from Wales on February 23, 2020:

I wasn't sure which of your hubs to start with and even though Christmas is gone for some reason this one pulled me. Loved it ,a great short story and so glad to be back. Here's to a great time of rejoining you all.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 20, 2020:

Thanks Chris, glad you liked it.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 19, 2020:

Well done, Nell. You led us down a rabbit trail and doubled back. Love it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 19, 2020:

Thanks Peggy, I am so glad you liked it.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 19, 2020:

That was a surprise ending to be sure! When the man appeared without a coat, and just at the right time, I thought he was going to be an angel in disguise. Good story, Nell!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2019:

Thanks Kari, don't worry, I have done that myself! lol!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on December 11, 2019:

Nell, I am greatly embarrassed!! The other name I called you belongs to another wonderful writer. Anyways, I did love the story.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 10, 2019:

Hi Zulma, lol! thanks, glad you liked it. I liked doing a twisty ending!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on December 10, 2019:

I'm usually pretty good at guessing twist endings, but you really caught me out with this one. Well done, Nell.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 10, 2019:

LOL! thanks again Chris!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 10, 2019:

LOL! thanks Chris! yep always shift to the dark side!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 10, 2019:

Thanks Jason, glad you enjoyed it.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on December 10, 2019:

How dare you rob these two people of a long and happy life together. Now that I think of it, that is the kind of ending I would have used. I'll have to reconsider my response.

After careful reconsideration. Your story is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on December 10, 2019:

I'm grumbling about this one, Nell. There could have been two happy people sitting by a cozy fire, but you did just what I would have done and shifted to the dark side. Nicely done.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on December 10, 2019:

Excellent story. A magical, fun and mysterious read. I ike the way it ended. Great work.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 10, 2019:

Thanks Crezyl, glad you liked it.

Crezyl Joy Villa Sabrido from Philippines on December 09, 2019:

I was taken aback by the twist, xD

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 09, 2019:

Thanks Mary, glad you liked it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 09, 2019:

lol! Thanks Shauna, have a wonderful Christmas!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 09, 2019:

What a surprise. I love it.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 09, 2019:

Creepy, Nell! I didn't see that coming at all. If anything, I thought something was up with the man in the woods.

Great job. You gave me goosebumps!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 09, 2019:

Thank you Dora! lol! that is very kind. Glad you liked it.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 08, 2019:

You got me, Nell! I was expecting the helper to be the ghost. Applause! Applause!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 08, 2019:

Hi Kari, I think you have got me muddled with someone lol! But if you did read it, then thanks

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 08, 2019:

Thanks John, I like to fool people lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 08, 2019:

Aw thanks Devika, always great to see you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 08, 2019:

Thanks MG, glad you enjoyed it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 08, 2019:

Thanks Chitrangada, I am glad you liked it.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on December 08, 2019:

You hooked me Dora, and I can't wait for more.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 08, 2019:

Looks like you fooled us all, Nell. That is the sign of a good mystery writer. Great job on this story.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 08, 2019:

Hi Nell you put together an interesting and surprise at the end story. I like the uniqueness in this story nothing guessed about it. The end did give me the thought of the boy being a ghost and that led me on from the start. You have created a talent of your own and I enjoyed it.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 07, 2019:

What a lovely story. Engrossing!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 07, 2019:

Excellent and absorbing story, and I like the twist at the end. But you are known for the curiosity in your articles, Nell. Enjoyed reading another interesting one from you.

Thanks for sharing and happy weekend.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 07, 2019:

Lol, thanks Bill. Always good to see you!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 07, 2019:

I love it when I think I know what is going on and it turns out I have no clue. Well done,my friend.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 07, 2019:

Thank you roadmonkey, glad you liked it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 07, 2019:

Thanks Linda, have a great Christmas!

RoadMonkey on December 07, 2019:

Wow. Great story. I thought the boy would be the ghost! Very innovative and tightly written. Nothing wasted.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 06, 2019:

Like Clive, I thought the man was the ghost. I loved the surprise when I discovered that he wasn't!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 06, 2019:

Thanks Clive, you got it! lol!

Clive Williams from Jamaica on December 06, 2019:

I thought the boy would have been the ghost. Nice.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 06, 2019:

Thanks Pamela, glad you liked it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 06, 2019:

HI Ruby, aw thank you! Always good to see you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 06, 2019:

You put a nice little in this story. I enjoyed your 'snow madness' story.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 06, 2019:

Nell, I really enjoyed reading this. I didn't see the ending until the end. I loved it! More please.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 06, 2019:

Thanks Tim, just thought I would put a slant on the story this time round, lol!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 06, 2019:

"Snow madness," loved that, Nell. Great ghost story. As always, you leave your reader thinking. Admiration and respect for you, Nell.