Grandma’s Birthday Party


© Jennifer Pendergast

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The table had been set with elegance but was overwhelmed by the rather bizarre lighting appliance hanging from the ceiling.

“Do you really think Grandma will like it?” Karla’s voice carried her doubt.

“You know how the old girl adored the Avant Garde.” Cornelius had been the favored grandchild, so he had made all the arrangements.

“Mom, Dad, and the rest of the family will be arriving soon. Grandma aside, I don’t think they will like it at all.”

“Relax, Kar. It’s Grandma’s birthday, not theirs. Besides, you’re the Medium so it’s your séance. Just call her. She’ll love it.”

I wrote this for the 10 March 2023 edition of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers challenge. The idea is to use the image above as the inspiration of crafting a story or poem no longer than 100 words. My word count is exactly 100.

Yes, it’s back to ghosts. Of course, the lighting fixture immediately got my attention and I had to think fast. It’s in contradiction to what otherwise looks like a very formal dinner setting. It’s Grandma’s birthday. Time to call her back from the spirit world to celebrate. I wonder though if Cornelius did this just to annoy his living family members?

To read other stories based on the prompt, go to inlinkz.

To read some of my published works, try Ice, an adventure on the high seas in the far future where the fire goddess has banished all ice from the Earth and there’s a hideous mystery at the bottom of the world.

The Haunting of the Ginger’s Regret: In this novelette, space freighter pilot Kam Naji has acquired a replacement ship for his lost vessel from an unusual source. It’s a fine spacecraft but it comes with something extra…a ghost.

The fantasy anthology Fantastic Schools, Volume Six features my magical school short story “The Price.” 13-year-old Christopher Greenleaf wakes up in the dorms one morning to find the school almost totally deserted. Can he, 14-year-old Tamika Bendertwill, the school’s star student, and non-magic using cook Lisa Sakamoto solve the mystery before they too disappear?

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