The Tap – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant take to water
He can never be compared to a duck
He thinks it’s now time
For a really awful rhyme
Yep AnElephant swims like a rock

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
Our divine Water Diviner Rochelle quenches our thirst for a tidal wave of tall tales.
And AnElephant is in a soggy mess.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

© Madison Woods

© Madison Woods

The Tap

This is the third successive night.
I am not sure if the noise wakened me, or if I am just restless.
It is not loud.
Maybe it would be better if it was.
The first night I assumed it was a dripping tap, so I just ignored it.
Last night I got up and checked the kitchen and bathroom.
Bone dry.
So tonight I was expecting it.
I strain my ears, try to find some clarity.
Tap.
Tap tap.
It seems to come from far away.
The cemetery outside the village, perhaps.
Where, just last week, my wife was buried.

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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18 Responses to The Tap – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Margaret says:

    I wonder if he should go and talk to her – maybe she’s lonely. Good, creepy story.

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  2. Lovely twist and just a little spooky.

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  3. Oh creepy.The tell tale tap.

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  4. His conscience, a tell tale heart!

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  5. Nan Falkner says:

    Recently I watched a history show and they said that a hundred years ago, people were afraid of being buried alive so they would tie a string around their finger and attach it to a bell on top of the grave. Creepy but I guess people felt better if they were attached to something outside. I wonder if the bells would ring when the wind blew hard. That would make for one noisy cemetery. Nan 🙂

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  6. Dave says:

    Buried alive? Haunting? Undead? So many corners this could turn…

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  7. Oooh, creepy. She’s haunting him.

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  8. Eerie, I wonder what she wants to tell him.

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  9. Horus says:

    perhaps she is doing tap-dancing in her grave ! 😉

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  10. Sounds like some classic Poe. I love it, although I blame you for any nightmares tonight.

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  11. Sounds to me she has left something undone. I don’t even want to think what that might be. Really creepy good story!

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  12. Archon's Den says:

    It was rudely revealed that….that was a creepy story. Well done. 🙂

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  13. Dear Elephant,

    I have to wonder why she’s tapping. Doesn’t sound like a friendly call. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  14. ansumani says:

    Maybe its a morse code from hell . Good one.

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  15. Never bury’em alive.. they can always come back

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  16. micklively says:

    Is the tap in his head because he knows she’s alive? Clever!

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