The Residents

The racket of running footsteps and high pitched voices and laughter had increased steadily as the night progressed. Irritated at losing yet another night sleep that had kept him feeling sluggish and disorientated during the day, Craig jumped out of bed and thumped his fist repeatedly against the wall.
‘Cut it out!’
Instead of decreasing, the noise level increased sharply, grating on Craig’s nerves.
‘You won’t get them to stop that way,’ Kelly murmured, rolling onto her side and patting his side of the bed, ‘They’re only children.’
‘Bloody naughty children,’ Craig replied, his voice heavy with exasperation.
Craig couldn’t believe that Kelly was taking the situation so calmly, but still slumped down on the bed where she’d indicated obediently.
‘I have to be up at five in the morning,’ he complained, ‘I can’t take this anymore.’
Looking up at the ceiling, Kelly clapped her hands together three times.
‘That’s enough, children,’ she called out calmly, ‘Time to be quiet.’
Instant silence followed her words and Craig lay back on the pillows with relief.
‘I know you think it’s a great atmosphere,’ he remarked as he pulled the blankets up to his chin, ‘but I’m tired of all these blasted ghosts.’

© Alison Pearce 2008

The Residents

Alison Pearce

Logan Central, Australia

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For Star Twister’s 26th prompt Racket

Just a beginning I think, constructive criticism welcomed

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