Tale #104: A Forlorn Appearance

My mother, my wife, and my daughter were returning from my funeral when they decided to stop at an inn for the evening.

After they had eaten, bathed, and dressed themselves for bed, I thought I would surprise them with my presence.

But rather than delight at my miraculous return, the three of them instead expressed severe displeasure at my appearance. My mother blew out the lamps, my wife closed her eyes, and my daughter feigned sleep.

In the morning they left without me.

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Notes:

1. Written in December 2019
2. This and Lavenham Ghost Story were my attempts at writing Japanese-style folk ghost stories.
3. They were probably not a success.
4. But I quite like them anyway

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