A Dance to Deceive

Monday’s Finish the Story

This is a flash fiction challenge where we provide you with a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. My challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence.

Finish the story begins with:  “What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

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Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: 149

© 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

The Dance to Deceive


“What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” Josie decided not to tell her best friend, Jayne, that she had a date with Joe, Jayne’s ex. It was a risk, but she couldn’t chance making her angry. After all, he was her ex.

On Saturday night, Joe arrived. Josie pushed her nervousness aside as they left.

“Where are we going?” Josie asked.

“To the dance at Jack’s, of course,” he replied.

“But…but Jayne will be there!” she exclaimed.

“So, I’m her ex, remember?” Joe said.

“I didn’t tell Jayne that we were going out,”  she pleaded.

“Let’s go somewhere else, pleeeaaase?”

Joe just looked at her thinking, “What is this chick’s problem?”

He said, “Okay. Let’s go get a soda and then I will drop you off. I’ll go stag.”


As Joe drove away from Josie’s, he thought, “What a waste!” Josie entered her home, in tears.

“Ohhh, if only I had told Jackie…” she thought.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 10-I Love Ghosts

Day 10 – What is your guilty pleasure?

Things that Go Bump In The Night

That is an easy question. I love ghosts. TV, movies, books, stories about ghosts and/or demons are all my favorites. I don’t remember when the addiction started for me. It may have been when I was a child because I got into the movies for free when I wanted and watched Edgar Allen Poe movies. Why did I get in for free? My parents worked for the Lyceum Theater in Cleveland OH. My father was the custodian and my mother was the theater manager. One of the perks was that we attended the theater for free. Also, any guest with us attended free. As I grew older and could remember, my friends loved that. We got free popcorn too, but not candy or soda.

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Anyway, back to the ghosts. I watch all the ghost TV shows…Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Asylum, Ghost Stalkers and others that are no longer on the air in the United States. I also catch all the TV movies that I can. I love to go to the movies when new movies come out, but those I don’t watch alone. If I can’t get someone to go with me, I wait until I can DVR it or watch it on HBO.

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I set my timer on the DVR to tape my favorite shows so if I am busy (like writing a blog) I can watch when I am free. That keeps me from boring others in the house if they are not ghost fans. There is nothing I love better than to sit in the dark and watch ghost TV shows and movies.

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My favorite of all time is Ghost Adventures. I think that I’ve watched  since the year it began. I also like Ghost Hunters, but they have had so many staff changes that I am beginning to lose interest. There is so much drama. I’ve read two Ghost Adventures books as well…one by Nick and one by Zak.

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I still try to catch the old flicks like “Haunting of Hill House”  by Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allen Poe movies. I also like Edgar Allen Poe poetry, especially, “The Raven.” The movie, “Witches of Blair House” was good too. Anyway, I could go on and on, but I guess you get the point. I love anything that is spooky or about ghosts.

What is your guilty pleasure? I promise to keep it just between us. Watch out for the ghosts. Hee… Hee…