Tuesday, October 23, 2012
By Maria C. Ferrer
George Stuart pulled the legs apart and arranged them against the white fabric. The red blood provided a good focal point, which he liked. He stepped back and looked at his creation – stoic, still, lifeless.
He walked down the stairs to the edge of the sidewalk and turned to look at his new home.
Ghosts in the windows, check.
Giant spider web on porch, check.
Vampire bats, pumpkins, Frankenstein monster, check, check, check.
George smiled with satisfaction. It was his first Halloween in his Victorian home and he was finally opened for business.
Yes, the whole street was full of bed and breakfasts but George was not daunted. He knew it was a risk, but the market was down, his job downsized and this house was all he had left. It was this or a job at Mickey Dee’s. But the Jersey Shore had always been popular with out-of-towners in good times and bad, and it retained its popularity thanks to Snooki and her posse. George was counting on the Shore’s continuing attractiveness, now more than ever.
Just as he stepped toward the house, a cab pulled up in front, and four women stepped out of its multiple doors; each unique in beauty and demeanor.
“This is it,” said the tall blonde with straight hair, as the cab driver unloaded suitcases from the back.
“I love it,” cried the short exotic beauty in gothic black, clasping her hands against her chest.
“You love everything,” said the dark-skin lovely with wild curls and familiarity.
“Do you think there are enough ghosts?” asked the buxom brunette, as she scanned the face of the house.
“There can never be enough ghosts in a haunted mansion, Ladies,” answered George, as he walked up to greet his first guests – romance writers on retreat. ♥
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Maria C. Ferrer is happy to join the talented authors at Tuesday Tales. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America /New York City chapter and the Latino Authors Writers Society. Maria writes contemporary romance under her own name and erotica under the pen name of Del Carmen. Her short story, “Ride A Cowboy” was published in the WOMEN IN LUST anthology by Cleis Press. Plus, her work has appeared in Star, Cosmopolitan for Latinas and Penthouse magazines. Visit her at www.4horsewomen.blogspot.com and www.mydelcarmen.com.