A Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress

The Sqaure is almost deserted. The tarot card readers, the palm readers, the Jesus freaks, all have left for a warmer climate. Mardi Gras was unseasonably cold for this time of year, few tourists and even fewer residents were prepared for the chilling temperature. Yet two women, a mother and daughter, sit on a bench on the cobblestone street, waiting. They are waiting for a woman they have never met, a woman that can explain the third person occupying the bench, a spectre, a ghost, some spirit that has invaded the two women’s lives since their last visit to the New Orleans’ Square. The daughter believes her mother has gone insane, not because of the ghost but because the mother believes the spirit medium she searches for will find them, if they wait long enough.

Two women and a ghost sit on a bench on the cobblestone street, the temperature has dropped to below freezing and they huddle together for warmth. A long cool woman in a black dress passes the trio by, turns around and holds her hand out to the mother, and the mother grabs the offered hand. “She died young” the tall woman says.

Comment by Edward Dean on April 26, 2010 at 4:33pm Delete Comment
Good opening lines Alisa. Sucked me right in..
Comment by Edward Dean on April 27, 2010 at 11:53am Delete Comment
Hey Alisa; Do what I do.
When all else fails……LIE! 🙂
The line between fact and fiction is in the half truths.. Comment by Blake N. Cooper on April 27, 2010 at 10:51am Delete Comment
@D.B. if it’s anything like last week, this’ll be the first in a series of five from Alisa. I, too, am looking forward to more, but even as a stand-alone this is fantastic..
Comment by B.R.Stateham on April 26, 2010 at 10:13am Delete Comment
Wow. I liked this piece. Especially how it built up to the last line.. Comment by Blake N. Cooper on April 26, 2010 at 9:47am Delete Comment
“Two women and a ghost sit on a bench on the cobblestone street, the temperature has dropped to below freezing and they huddle together for warmth.” A ghost huddling for warmth—the imagery, here, is brilliant. Great job—from start to finish—Alisa..

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