Friday Fictioneers – The Confederate

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The Confederate

Gettysburg again. Her aging father wanted to go. It’s where he always wanted to go, and she hated it. And today it was crowded with tourists and Civil War re-enactors.

When one re-enactor grabbed her hand, she jumped. But he smiled, and her knees turned to jelly. He didn’t say a word the whole day, he just held her hand. And her father left them alone to walk the battlefield in the fog.

But the re-enactor’s clothes were too authentic, his eyes too old, and there was a small dark hole in his stomach. She knew what he was.

And soon, it was her father that got sick of going to the field every weekend.
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The Woods Of Gettysburg:

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This week’s photo instantly reminded me of this picture of the Gettysburg woods. I fell in love with the Gettysburg photo, though I don’t have a credit for it (as it was posted on Reddit with none).

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly writing challenge prompted by a photo that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday. Writing Prompt Photo Credit: Erin Leary

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43 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Confederate

  1. Rachel, this reminds me of all the ghost tours at Gettysburg (and other cities, Civil War or not.) I don’t see this relationship going much of anywhere but it will certainly last as long as she lives (I guess.) πŸ™‚

    janet

  2. Interesting story ! The relationship may seem odd , or even doomed, but some of us have probably dated (or even married) worse! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. That was a great twist, although I think the hole in his stomach might have creeped me out. At least it was only that and not something more disfiguring. It sounds like she has a love affair with a ghost going on.

    • Yeah, I tried to make the wound as little and inconspicuous as possible; she couldn’t very well fall in love with someone that had no head!! πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by and reading the story !!

  4. I loved your story, the part about tourists and re-enactors made me think what would all those boys think about people trampling the fields they soaked with their blood. Sometimes I think in an effort to remember, we tend to unintentionally disrespect. So, I feel that ghost held her hand to remind her of all the lost souls of Gettysburg field and all the other battle grounds around the world. Anyhow, a very poignant story, you did great. Apologies for this long comment.

    LorΓ©

    • No apology necessary! I love long comments πŸ™‚ and I agree, I wonder what the soldiers would think of their battlefield becoming a tourist destination or if they would prefer something else there.

      Thanks for stopping by to read the story !!

  5. Rachel, Good story and creepy. O_o I’ve been to Gettysburg and there’s a definite aura of the past about it. It takes you back. I never had a ghost come up to me though. I would suggest she find someone among the living. That ghost probably never leaves Gettysburg. He’s stuck there and she has a life to live. πŸ™‚ Well written. —Susan

  6. Lovely, haunting story. A lot said in 100 words – the past and its legacy, the need to remember, the daughter growing up and the father growing old, and all in the context of a ghost story. Nicely done!

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