A Haunting

by DRM

Empty House

The man who built the house was killed in the bent south bedroom by a woman who was not his wife, but who moved in with the widow to console her. A dark chasm stretched beyond the window. Generations later Tim put his red soldiers in a line at the horizon’s fold and dreamed of a firefight. The soldiers wreaked chaos in his crowded neighborhood. He climbed out of the dream in fear to find a man standing beside his bed with blood running from an empty eye. He thought, “I have to be brave.”