The Green Lady Cemetery by Susan Gibb

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The cemetery was an old man’s yawn, broken teeth dotting the dry straw of his tongue. Her tombstone leaned sleepily askew.

“Can you can straighten it?” she asked. I wanted to please her but the stone probably weighed 300 pounds.

“I’ll need help, but sure.”

She smiled and I melted. I poured hot chocolate into her cup. I watched the steaming liquid go down her throat. She is a greenish tone and transparent. I’m totally in love.

We met on a dare by my best bud Frankie. “The cemetery’s haunted!” he’d said.

Friday night, two carloads of kids, some six-packs, and then The Green Lady herself. Kids screaming and wheeling out of there lickety-split. I passed out.

***

“She’s beautiful,” Frankie said. He held the stone level with a crowbar while I shoveled dirt underneath.

“You’ve seen her?

“Well…just that night.”

No one else has felt the cool breeze of her lips. A real woman–well, not real, but more of a woman than any of the girls I’ve dated.

“Lift it up so it don’t settle in low.” I tossed in some stones for form, and tamped it down with the shovel. Together we eased the crowbar out and the tombstone settled in place. “Perfect!” I said.

***

I usually saw her on Friday nights but now I couldn’t wait that long. There she was, admiring the tombstone. I almost fainted for there too was Frankie, handing her a coke.

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8 responses to “The Green Lady Cemetery by Susan Gibb

  1. Great opening line, Susan. And the story is so, I want to say charming, which I mean in the best possible way, especially the rivalry (?) for the ghost’s affections.

  2. Witty and endearing ghost story. The hot chocolate was a nice touch. :)

  3. Love this, Susan – brilliant!

  4. Great minds think alike, my first lines are very similar. Having a ghost friend would be awesome My ghost experiences have been all positive, so far. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Lovely. That first line — perfetto. Tender story. Peace…

  6. Am never a big fan of ghost stories but this made me smile and then laugh – I liked it a lot. Very real. Thanks.

  7. Pingback: Week #24 – Tombstones « 52|250 A Year of Flash

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