Welcome to the first photo flash fiction of the new year!! Obviously, we’re using the pic above to write a short piece. I can’t wait to read what the other bloggers are going to do with it. Hope you enjoy what I came up with.
“Okay, take off the blindfold.”
Andromeda really didn’t want to. She hated surprises, especially the surprises her younger sister Rhea presented to her. Usually, the surprise involved some kind of horrible decision that Andromeda would have to get her out of. Crossing her fingers that this time would be different, she slowly pulled the blindfold off.
The room she found herself in was all wood. From the ceiling to the cabinets that lined the wall. The floor could possibly be wood too except she couldn’t see for all the trash, broken glass, and paper that was strewn about. Bare wires dangled from the ceiling where some kind of light fixture probably hung at one time.
“Well?” Rhea said, practically bouncing on her toes.
Without thinking, Andromeda uttered Bette Davis’s oft-quoted line. “What a dump.”
Rhea gasped. “What are you talking about? I know this room looks rough, but wait until you see the rest of the house.”
Rhea grabbed Andromeda’s hand and dragged her out into an equally dismal hallway. Large holes decorated the walls as the main stairway sagged dangerously.
“This will be the perfect place for a bed and breakfast,” Rhea enthused. “All it needs is a little work. There are a lot of bedrooms upstairs and the kitchen is huge, and, as you saw, there’s a butler’s pantry.”
Andie rubbed her face. “Bed and breakfast?”
“Yeah, you know, the B&B we always talk about opening. Now that we have our inheritance it’s the perfect time.”
“I have a job with a fairly prestigious hotel. I like it. It gives me a salary and benefits. And, my portion of the inheritance is going to help me finally buy a home.” Andie looked around at the disaster surrounding them. “Besides, even if I would think about throwing away everything I have and opening my own inn this wouldn’t be the place. It needs way more than a little work. I’m sure the electrical and plumbing all need to be updated as well as the HVAC system. From the brown stains on the ceiling it needs a whole new roof. So yeah, the best thing that can happen to this place is it burns down.”
She turned to find Rhea staring at her with wide eyes. Wide guilty eyes.
“What did you do?” Andie asked.
“Well it’s the perfect place,” Rhea repeated herself. “So, I bought it.”
“I bought it,” Rhea said, her voice firmer this time. “I signed the papers this morning.”
“What were you thinking? You can’t afford this place. It’s a wreck, but I’m sure with the land and as big as it is, it’s not cheap.”
“No, there you’re wrong. I bought it outright so there’s no mortgage.”
“How?” she asked, though the sinking feeling in her stomach already told her how.
“I used our money. I used our money to buy the house. It’s going to be great. Once we fix it up the place is going to be incredibly popular. There’s even a ghost here. That’s going to pull people in since they love that kind of stuff.”
Andie took a breath, then another. Calm down, she told herself. Just calm down. Stay calm.
“You stole my half of the inheritance to buy this dump? And, somehow, you think that’s okay?”
“I didn’t steal it,” Rhea insisted. “I used it to give us an incredibly future. We’ll own our own haunted B&B.”
“Oh, it’ll be haunted alright, since I’m probably going to kill you dead.”