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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Secrets Never to be Told

This is my contribution to Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus. You can learn all about it by clicking on her button on my sidebar.

Silently, she slipped into the attic, praying not to wake the others. The house was full of relatives come to bury Grandma. But none but she knew of the chest tucked away in the corner of the attic.

She lifted the stack of letters from the ancient chest and began to read by the beam of her flashlight. The paper was almost translucent, but she could read enough to know that the secrets they held should never be revealed.

Silently, she made her way back down the stairs, sneaked out the kitchen door and out to the trash bin, where she threw in the letters and tossed a match after them.

© cj Schlottman


Kat said...

Nice CJ! What secrets did those letters hold? I can see this being continued - the consequences of those letters bring destroyed? Well done CJ, I enjoyed this one. Kat

Dazee Dreamer said...

dang. now we'll never know.

Judie said...

CJ, you have to tell us what was in those letters!! Great take on the prompt!!

Ames said...

What secrets?? You holding out on us?? Very good take on the prompt!~Ames said...

Wait, I'll grab a hose and put out the fire. Is it too late? You really built suspense. Nice work, CJ.

Jo said...

oh how wonderful ... but wicked!

Sue said...

Good one, CJ.

Makes me curious...Still, I agree that some secrets are not meant to be shared.


Deborah said...

Well that's not fair .... what was in the letters!!! Very well done :o)

faith said...

Makes you think that someone was watching through the kitchen window or something . . . :) Good one!

Anonymous said...

totally - you have to tell us the beginning of this story and what the secrets were since grandma is buried and the letters were burned - You can't leave us with the ending without filling in the beginning - E :)

Elysabeth Eldering
Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

Where will the adventure take you next?

Karen S. said...

Oh NO! They're all burned up!

Rek said...

secrets concerning grandma or her children?...but a considerate and maybe practical grandchild...should tell us more next time round....beautifully written... :)

Viki said...

Oh that's too bad. They must have been some kinda secrets if they had to be burned. Inquiring minds want to know LOL.

gaelikaa said...

Lost forever! Shame!

Tina said...

oh secrets in the attic i love it! if only my attic was so interesting lol

Jenny said...

Oh no. Didn't she at least take pictures of them with her cell phone?

You can't just leave us hanging like this.

Cruel, cruel, cruel girl!

That a wonderful and suspenseful little gem of an SC!

I love the visualization you created with these few, brief words.

Nonna Beach said...

Wowee, excellent job !!!

Anna said...

Oh, CJ! NOOOOO! You can't let her burn the letters!!(You are driving the historian in me crazy!!)

I think you are the first one who lets her/his protagonist destroy the letters that are lifted from the ancient chest.

Well written! Very suspenseful!
Best wishes,
I'm sorry that I am commenting so late. I am going back to older posts that I have missed.
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'Infrequent visitor' SC week 39