It had long been said that Fleming Forest was haunted.

The story is told, that two centuries ago a young servant girl had been brutally murdered in the nearby village of Gossip and her body dragged through the streets before being tied to a tree and left there for the local wildlife to feast upon.

For years, teenagers, daredevils, ghost hunters and poets all sought out the spirit of the girl. The spot she was alleged to have died became the hottest campsite in the South.

No one ever reappeared with evidence of a haunting.
They couldn’t.
Ghosts don’t exist.



Submitted for Friday Fictioneers photo prompt. See if you can write a piece of flash fiction in 100 words.

60 thoughts on “Gossip

  1. rochellewisoff says:

    Dear Mr. Binks,

    And some enterprising harbinger of Gossip made a pile of money from tourists. And this week you really get the prize for being early. Ooops. Yes, I scheduled ahead and got the date wrong. Good story.



    1. MrBinks says:

      Don’t mind me, your posting always coincides with my early morning coffee and not-quite-ready-to-work phase of the day.

      Granted that normally lasts until around 4pm.

  2. David Stewart says:

    That ending really made me laugh; surprisingly down-to-earth for the Friday Fictioneers 🙂 That’s how I feel too when I’m ghost hunting. It’s fun to explore creepy places but I don’t really expect to see a ghost.

      1. David Stewart says:

        It would be interesting to chart the types of stories week by week. There is usually a smattering of tragedy, horror, comedy and others every time. Lots of variety, which is good.

    1. MrBinks says:

      What happens next?

      They all got on with their lives. Floods happened. Tornados ripped through towns and farmland. Famine ravished Africa. Two boys punched each other in the arms over a game of FIFA 14 on Xbox.

      You know… life.

  3. artfullyadelie says:

    Isn’t it interesting how the things that terrify us most can also be dangerously intriguing?! I admire your talent to tell such an engaging story in such a direct, matter-of-fact method. Great post!

    1. MrBinks says:

      What a wonderfully kind comment. Thank you very much, and thanks for taking the time to read a few other posts too!

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