White Manor


Here’s my contribution to this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.

Jessica felt the knot in her stomach tighten as the house came into view between the thick hedges veiling it from the outside world. White Manor. It had been in her family for longer than anyone could remember, growing fat on the memories made within its walls.

She had stayed away for almost 20 years, the last visit being for her Uncle Austin’s funeral. This time she had no choice, as her great- aunt had surprised everyone by naming Jessica as her sole heir. Her relatives thought that she had ingratiated herself to the old woman and taken advantage of her. But Jessica knew that it was the house which had chosen her.

The car crunched to a halt in front of the main doors. Jessica sat while the driver walked around to open her door – prolonging the inevitable for as long as she could. The scent of roses hit her as she stepped out of the cab. She was home.

words: 161

34 thoughts on “White Manor

  1. Love this line: “But Jessica knew that it was the house which had chosen her.”
    It reads like it could be the beginning of a longer story. Might be interesting to explore how the house chooses its owner, why Jessica feels uneasy about taking over, if you feel so inclined. Nicely done!

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  2. You’ve told this story vey well, Az, and given us some insight into Jessica’s charcter and situation. I really like the ending: ‘The scent of roses hit her as she stepped out of the cab. She was home.’ That’s lovely. 🙂

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  3. I don’t think I’d like to live there either. I wonder why she’s stayed away for 20 years? I too liked the part where the house has chosen her and also “growing fat on the memories made within its walls.”

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    • I was thinking along the lines of the scent being linked with the house- like a phantom scent. Ive been playing around with an idea in my head and think this could be developed into bigger story. Jessica, and another main character – the antagonist being a character called Rose.

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