The Mill

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PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

A stone wall reminded Jim that 150 years ago the dense forest was pastureland for the sheep that fed the mills.

No sooner did he think it than he came upon an old brick mill building, the kind that once dotted the New Hampshire landscape.  Funny that it wasn’t on any maps or trail descriptions.

As he approached the air filled with the sound of activity.  Curious, Jim forced a door open and entered a large room full of women turning raw wool into cloth.  Jim stopped and stood, transfixed.

The trap sprung, the mill faded with its new occupant.

Word count = 100

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34 thoughts on “The Mill

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! I’ve only had a chance to read about a third of the stories so far but I have noticed quite a few ghost stories. You’re right, this is a different take on the “haunted mill” with the building itself doing the haunting.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Amy. Charles Dickens visited a mill in Lowell MA when he was in America and wrote glowingly about the “mill girls”, which is where the women in the story come from. But now they are all lost in time as the mill fades in and out of reality…

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I do remember when that was out, the movie where the house itself was the haunting, but I never saw it. Of course the Overlook Hotel was also a predatory building, if not a “ghost building”.

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