The White Lady

The light blacks out from the tower of Redhall Manor, once, twice, three times and I smile, slowly slipping out from beneath the blankets of my bed in the gate-house.

I pull on my simple white dress and best boots, lacing them up as quickly and quietly as I can before crouching down under the bed to pull out my tiny case, filled with my few precious belongings. Creeping across the room I lift my white linen cloak and bonnet from the hook by the door.

As I go to leave, my hand stills on the iron handle. I throw a glance over my shoulder at my sleeping family whom I am leaving behind, and sadness fills my entirety. I try to push it away and think only of the loving life I am to have with my beloved and our child, but I cannot do it without knowing that I will have something to remind me of home.

So I risk it.

On tiptoes, I creep across the floor to my sweet sister’s bedside. Her face is relaxed and body still in slumber. She barely stirs as I gently pull the ribbon from her plaited hair.

I look to my other side, to where my parents sleep soundly in their bed. Oblivious to me leaving, never to return.

At that thought, my heart aches.

As quick as I can, I tiptoe ...

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Lily Larkin
May 18 2020

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Comments:

What a really well penned story,like others I've always known the fable of the white lady and this brings it to real life,you're almost living it as you read it! Very well done,loved it and looking forward to more!

Paddy Haveron
Jul 8 2020

Very well written Lily. A truly enjoyable read.

Lorna Johnston
Jul 7 2020

Gripping! It made me go cold. I absolutely loved it.

Rod Webb
Jun 28 2020

Wow!
That was so well written. You had me captured in the first few lines. Well done!

Karen Loughridge
Jun 22 2020

A very powerful piece of writing which gives me the chills!

Paul Sterlini
Jun 20 2020

I always been aware of the myth of the White Lady in Red Hall and this intriguing fictional account brings the story to life for me.

Joan McCullough
Jun 17 2020

Well written and enjoyable story.

Tony Spencer
May 30 2020

A well written short story. I really enjoyed finally hearing the tale of the white lady.
A good read.

Dee McCrea
May 23 2020

I really enjoyed this and love your style of writing.

Tracy Windross
May 18 2020