A Ghost Story

822AFBAB-02DB-4C3B-862C-EC647E64A40A“It’s not real. It must be an apparition,” Melody said.

“An apparition?” Harriett said. “Are you saying that you see a ghost?”

“An apparition, a ghost, whatever you want to call it,” Melody said. “Don’t you see it? It’s right there on the other side of the bird bath or fountain or whatever that thing is.”

Harriett shook her head. “I don’t believe in ghosts and I don’t see anything anyway.”

“Did it never occur to you that ghosts could really exist?” Melody said. “Centuries ago, belief in ghosts reached its zenith, you know.”

“That’s because centuries ago people were uneducated and superstitious,” Harriett said. “What does this ghost of yours look like?”

“She looks like Marie Antoinette, or maybe like Dolly Parton dressed up as Marie Antoinette,” Melody said.

Harriett burst out laughing and Melody actual started to chuckle as well. But their laughter was interrupted by the sound of a ghostly version of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” coming from the general direction that Melody said the ghost was standing.

“Whoa!” Harriett said.

“Oh,” said Melody, “changing your tune now, are you?”


Written for these daily prompt words: Your Daily Word Prompt (apparition), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (occur), Word of the Day Challenge (zenith), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (tune). Image credit: ariadne-a-mazes@pixabay.com.

Once Upon a Crime

799E8244-6AC6-47D8-9541-BD1E7AB9EF57Police Captain Rory has assigned me, Ace Detective Fandango, to investigate and solve a heinous crime. There are five people involved in this crime:

My job is to determine:

  • Who is the victim?
  • Who is the murderer?
  • What is the location?
  • What is the murder weapon?
  • What is the motive?

After examining all of the facts and conducting a series of interviews, here is the report of my findings:

Our victim, Emily, was found dead in her zombie flamingos garden. All evidence points to Teresa as the murderer. Teresa used a poison tipped pen to commit the crime.

As to motive, Teresa is a single mother with a teenage son. One day late last year, Teresa was told by her best friend, Paula, at a dinner hosted by Kristian, that there were rumors that her son was taking drugs.

Being the good, caring mother that she is, Teresa took her son to the emergency room, where he was seen by Dr. Tanya. The doctor ordered a blood and urine test, and, sadly, the results were positive.

When confronted with the test results, Teresa’s son broke down and admitted that he spent a lot of time after school over at Emily’s because he loved to play with her cats. One day, though, one of her cats was “in a mood” — you know how cats can be, right? — and the cat bit and scratched Teresa’s son.

It turned out that Emily, wanting to ensure that the boy’s wounds didn’t get infected from cat scratch fever, gave him a high potency narcotic in tablet form. The drug did work to prevent the infection, but it also gave the boy a sense of calm euphoria, a feeling that he began to crave.

Teresa’s son continued to visit Emily and her cats after school each day. But unbeknownst to Emily, he had persuaded Emily’s zombie flamingos, who were known to be a bit mischievous, to provide him with more of those euphoria-inducing tablets until he became addicted to them.

This revelation haunted Teresa. She vowed to seek revenge against Emily for having gotten her son addicted to the drug. As a wordsmith, Teresa knew that the pen is mightier than the sword and began to plot her revenge. She visited Kristian, with whom she, Paula, and Emily often dined. Teresa knew that Kristian kept a supply of rat poison in her home to keep the rats at bay during her frequent dinner parties. Teresa made up some story about seeing rats in her basement and asked Kristian if she could have some rat poison to get rid of them. Kristian was happy to oblige.

Back at home, Teresa took out a special pen and coated its tip with rat poison. When Emily invited Teresa, Paula, and Kristian to tea in her garden a few days later, Teresa brought her special pen and presented it to Emily as a thank you gift. Emily thought the pen was lovely, and thanked Teresa profusely. Paula told me that she heard Teresa tell Emily to be sure to lick the pen’s tip with her tongue to get the ink flowing.

A day later, Teresa and Paula came back over to Emily’s place. Emily was tending to her flamingos in her garden when Teresa gave her a copy of her latest book. After handing the book to Emily, Teresa asked her if she’d like her to autograph it. Emily said she’d love that and ran into her house to get the pen Teresa had given her the night before. “Don’t forget to lick the tip,” Teresa said to Emily, Paula recounted.

Moments later, Emily keeled over. Paula called for an ambulance, but by the time they got Emily to the hospital, she was gone. A postmortem conducted by Dr. Tanya confirmed the cause of death to be rat poison.

I arrested Teresa, who is now out on bail to care for her teenage son. Despite all of the evidence against her, Teresa claims that she’s innocent, denies having murdered Emily, and assets that she’s been framed. However, I find that claim lacks credibility.

Respectfully submitted,

Ace Detective Fandango.

Song Lyric Sunday — Werewolves

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams chose “animals.” And for my animals-themed song, I chose Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves Of London.” Hey, werewolves are animals, aren’t they?

“Werewolves Of London” was sung by Zevon and was written by Zevon, LeRoy Marinell, and Waddy Wachtel. The song was included on Zevon’s third solo album, Excitable Boy. It was the only song of Zevon’s career to reach the Top 40, peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1978.

When Zevon was working with The Everly Brothers, he hired Wachtel to play in their backup band. At one point, Phil Everly asked them to write a dance song for the Everly Brothers called “Werewolves Of London.” Wachtel and Zevon were good friends and were strumming guitars together when someone asked what they were playing. Zevon replied, “Werewolves Of London,” and Wachtel started howling. Zevon came up with the line “I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand,” and they traded lyrics back and forth until they had their song.

The song was produced by Jackson Browne and featured backup vocals from Mick Fleetwood and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. The lyrics tell the story of “a hairy-handed gent who ran amok in Kent.” He’s well-dressed, well-groomed, and “preying on little old ladies.”

Zevon died from lung cancer in 2003. Here are the lyrics to his song.

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain
He was looking for the place called Lee Ho Fook’s
Going to get a big dish of beef chow mein
Werewolves of London

If you hear him howling around your kitchen door
Better not let him in
Little old lady got mutilated late last night
Werewolves of London again
Werewolves of London

He’s the hairy handed gent who ran amuck in Kent
Lately he’s been overheard in Mayfair
Better stay away from him
He’ll rip your lungs out, Jim
I’d like to meet his tailor
Werewolves of London

Well, I saw Lon Chaney walking with the Queen
Doing the werewolves of London
I saw Lon Chaney, Jr. walking with the Queen
Doing the werewolves of London
I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s
His hair was perfect
Werewolves of London again
Draw blood

FOWC with Fandango — Occur

FOWCWelcome to March 10, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “occur.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.