The manor, boarded up since Gram passed, showed signs of neglect. Porch risers creaked menacingly. Window panes, cracked and begrimed with age, blinked against the rising sun.

My keys refused to cooperate, thwarting efforts to unlock the front doors. With a final, violent shove, ancient tumblers flipped. Grating on rusted hinges, the massive oak entry swung forward, a rush of noisome air escaping.

Greying sheets covered moldering furniture, and festoons of spiderwebs created lacy bunting that draped from tarnished chandeliers.

A clear message appeared in the thick layer of dust on the mantle, written with a phantom fingertip, “Welcome home.”

Velvet Verbosity 100 Word Challenge
This week’s 100 Word Challenge is: Dust

12 Comments Add yours

  1. barbara says:

    I do love the word “mouldering” and I do love your style, Tara. Such a lovely scene – with what might be a macabre ending. :) Yeah, that’s what I like.


  2. styler2013 says:

    that sent a chill up me! Well done.


  3. saintseester says:

    Is that photograph really of dust? It is amazing.


  4. Diane Turner says:

    So much said in so few words. Excellent. Thanks for sharing.


  5. I could see the house and all of the dust filled rooms perfectly. Wonderful descriptions, Tara!


  6. k~ says:

    Such vivid descriptions; you really know how to exercise figurative language. :-)


  7. Carrie says:

    At least Gram left her a nice welcoming message :)


  8. deanabo says:

    Beautiful descriptions. Great writing as always my friend!


  9. Kir Piccini says:

    I think I could actually smell the must and mold, that first choke you have when the dust flies into your throat.

    loved the image of the Lacy bunting of the cobwebs, it was poetic. WOW.


  10. Lance says:

    Oh that last line. I called my late grandmother, Gram, so I was drawn in right away. I love the pacing. awesome, Tar Rah


  11. Liz says:

    Am blown away, by your writing, as usual.


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