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“Midnight Decision”

   

Description from Eeka Mouse: When I woke at midnight to the chilling call of owls, the moonlight illuminated a man, standing on the snowy hill gazing up at my window.

His glowing violet blue eyes silently entreated me, "Come out, come out". "No... I dare not" I breathed. He clutched the silver rose tighter as the longing in his eyes increased to an unbearable summons... I closed my eyes to try to break the spell.

When I opened them, dawn was breaking. The hillside was bare - except for a few drops of crimson blood frozen on the snow.

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  1. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Love the pick Eeka and the story! Hope you continue with the story …….

  2. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Yay, and Eeka lives to bead another day ;) Pretty nightime pick. Lovely purples!

  3. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    OK, I’ll do it in installments:

    Every night, as the moon grew slim, he returned: always silent, always pleading, always entrancing. I, too, became more wraith-like, paler and quieter from lost sleep and longing. Should I chance it?

    more tomorrow…

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    I love this pick!

  5. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Eeka! I love the suspense in your story! Gorgeous pick, my friend! :D

  6. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    The colors and stones here are very pretty!

  7. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Great story! Love the pick you made :-)

  8. Luv2bead - Little Chick
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Can’t wait for the rest…I was holding my breath while reading the story! :D

  9. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    next installment, please…

  10. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    This is a great pick, and good story for the challenge! Love it!

  11. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    So glad you entered this pick Eeka! It is a wonderful pick and the story is fabulous! Good luck!

  12. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Part 3
    In the daytime, my nightly visitations seemed less vivid. Was I in the throes of a recurring dream? Or was I just suffering from isolation, an overactive imagination, and caffeine deprivation? It was all too easy to dismiss my fears while chatting with my pragmatic sister while I took a lunch break in the solarium. “I told you it was a bad idea to take the job renovating that creepy old house in the middle of nowhere, in the winter! Not enough sunlight, no one to talk to, no Starbucks… Get a grip! There are no such things as ghosts!”

    “Mmmh..” I had just taken a bite of my cheese and apple sandwich, so she continued. “Put off the job ‘til spring, move back to civilization… you can stay with me, we’ll go out, we’ll find some cute guys…”

    “I’ll be fine! I’ve gotta go; I’ve got a lot of work to do to get this place in shape. And no, I can’t postpone the job. I promised to have it done before the owners return from New Zealand.” Reluctantly, she rang off, promising to FedEx me some decent coffee and some cheerful videos to watch before I fell asleep.

    But… I thought I caught a glimpse of violet blue eyes behind me as I glanced into the mirror as I walked down the dim hallway. I shivered. And why were there so many carvings and embellishments in the shape of owls and roses?

  13. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Part 4
    A storm was moving in; the daylight faded to grey, and sleet tapped on the windowpanes. I had the sensation I was not alone. Like ghostly fingers, phantom breezes gently stroked my cheek as I worked, and caressed the nape of my neck. I kept seeing movements out of the corner of my eye, and stated at every creak and pop. Just the old house settling, I told myself…

    But when I looked up from resealing the can of paint, I saw his face in the window, outlined against the scudding clouds! I gasped – and then the hairs on the back of my neck rose, as I realized I was seeing his REFLECTION: he must be standing BEHIND me. I whirled; nothing.

    Thoroughly shaken, I decided to have a cup of cocoa to calm my nerves. The cozy yellow-painted kitchen and the warm beverage did their trick, and I relaxed, chiding myself for my suggestibility. I decided to turn in early. Didn’t sleep deprivation lead to hallucinations? I certainly hadn’t been sleeping well lately…

    I was juggling a second mug of cocoa and a book, and the bedroom doorknob when I saw it: Lying on the bedspread was a fresh, pale rose, silvery with frost. A chill breeze stroked my face, and I thought I heard a whispered, “Christine… join me…”

    Panicking, I dropped the cocoa and flew down the stairs. The hell with this job, I’m getting out of here! Not pausing for a coat, I grabbed my keys and my bag, and was out the door… and suddenly, sickeningly, I was sliding on the freshly ice-glazed granite steps. My feet went out from under me… I was falling… falling in the dark…

  14. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Part 4
    In the late spring…

    “You know, at first I was hesitant to take this gig,” Jonathan said as he loaded the last box into McCausland Brothers Renovations and Restorations van, “because of that woman who had the job before us cracking her head open on the front steps. I thought it might be bad karma for the job or something, what with her lying there for days before the Fed Ex guy found her there in the snow. Brrrr! But it went great, no problems at all!”

    His brother said nothing as he climbed into the passenger seat, but he thought back to the full moon night he woke to the sound of owls calling, and saw two pale figures walking hand in hand on the hillside below the house, slipping away into the woods.

    The End

  15. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Fabulous Story Eeka! I just adored it. Perhaps writing is your true calling! I would love to see you do another one some day! Thanks-you for this special gift of story!

  16. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    WOW Eeka! You are an excellent writer!! I agree with Dawn!

  17. Luv2bead - Little Chick
    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Loved it!

  18. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Thanks for the compliments – my HS English teachers would have agreed with you. But science is so interesting….

  19. Science Chick Runs Sibes
    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Great pick…love the purple night shades. Greay short story, too.

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    BeadAddict says:

    Congratulations! It’s a beautiful pick and an awesome story!! I think owls and roses might give me chills now – glad I’m not restoring an old house :)

  21. Mayan Chick - Lilly
    Mayan Chick - Lilly says:

    Beautiful!

  22. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Eeka, ditto – you’re an amazing storyteller, and wowza – what a mystical Pick here, with the deep blues, purples, charms and pendants, congrats on this being a fav of the week!! :)

  23. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I spent my prize money buying beads to make a necklace and earrings inspired by the story… I will also post in the designs section.

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