The Mysterious Guest

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PHOTO PROMPT © CEAyr

Mrs. Hall entered the guest room. Susan was correct, the place was a pigsty.

Mrs. Hall hadn’t seen the guest, Griffin, in days.  Griffin was the most exasperating of men!  He could be kind, when it suited him. But he was much more wont to violence.

She thought he was at least tidy. Until now. The room was strewn with discarded clothing and medical bandages.  There were piles of books, some open. Her books!

Henry James’ latest, The Ambassadors, was open, its spine creased. Livid, Mrs. Hall grabbed it.

“Please put the book down, Mrs. Hall,” Griffin, the invisible man, said.

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OK, it looked like those reading glasses were floating in front of the book, which I think is The Ambassadors.  The problem, of course, is that The Invisible Man was published a half a dozen years before The Ambassadors.  Oh well, maybe Griffin was still around in 1903. Of course, since H. G. Wells is involved, maybe he used the Time Machine ;)

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Word count = 100

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56 thoughts on “The Mysterious Guest

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Don’t touch my books, and don’t break the spines! ;) Thanks. I think the discarded bandages were a big clue to anyone who knows the story, either the book or a movie version (at least the classic old movie)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      If we are to follow The Invisible Man to the letter, Griffin causes some trouble and is killed by a lynch mob, but since this story already departs from the book a bit, I guess we’ll have to write a new ending ;) Thanks.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Well, maybe. As a guest at Mrs. Hall’s inn, he did not have the right to do thousands of dollars of damage, taking and destroying her personal property. He is really invisible (they are character’s of H. G. Well’s The Invisible Man) so everyone thought he had left – they could not see him and hadn’t seen him in days. With them thinking he was gone, the maid went in to clean the room and discovered all of the damage, so the innkeeper came in to investigate, discovering her personal property being destroyed.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, in the original book, The Invisible Man, the invisible man’s nam was Griffin and the innkeeper was Mrs. Hill, so… He wore bandages, which is why there are loose bandages on the floor. Although this wasn’t part of his book, you’ll have to read H. G. Wells for what happens next ;) Thanks.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know, those pesky details. Thinking of details, with the help of Google, Griffin is the title character of the book and Mrs. Hall was the innkeeper. But Google also said it was published in 1897. So maybe H. G. Wells was just foretelling the future ;) (My fault for figuring out what book was being read…)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Rochelle!

      Darn, a typo – it was supposed to be Mrs. Hall throughout – with help from Google the Hall’s were the innkeepers. But the idea is the same – yeah, he took off the bandages so she didn’t see him.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Thanks, glad it still made sense.
          I’m not sure if I need to interrupt your conversation with J Hardy Carroll, but I was about to add “I’m partial to the fugue” ;)

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