What Pegman Saw – The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife

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WPS - The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife 190615 

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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife

My tent slapped like the sail of a gybing yacht as I pitched up within sight of the North Head lighthouse. There was moisture in the air. It tasted salty, and left a film on my spectacles. Waves hurled themselves against the rocks below the lighthouse with a power that was simultaneously exhilarating and appalling.

The wind and waves were my lullaby that night.

I awoke at about one o’clock.

Somebody was sobbing, gasping sobs of desperate distress. I pulled on waterproofs, seized my torch and went out into the gale. There was a wail up ahead, and I saw her, running pell-mell towards the cliffs.

“Stop,” I yelled.

She turned, saw me and shrieked with terror. Panic-stricken, she turned to flee.

“No!” I screamed.

Too late. She plunged over the cliff, plummeting out of sight.

I called 911, but the police found nothing.

“Mary Pesonen’s ghost,” they told me.



12 thoughts on “What Pegman Saw – The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife

  1. I must chime in with Joy–great evocative descriptions. I enjoyed them not only for the sensory impact, but the voice. I also like the way the word choice revealed subtle details about the character. Love a good ghost story!

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  2. Just love those opening paragraphs, Penny, that sense of being there, being in the sea and of the sea, the sounds and smells. Love that twisty ending too. Wish it was longer though! Am fascinated by the lifestyle of lighthouse keepers, that intense isolation, those men living on top of each other, away from society for weeks at a time. Great setting. Lovely work, Penny

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    • Dear Lynn
      Thank you for reading and for such kind comments. You’re right that the story needs to be longer – there needs to be time to build tension, to make the denouement more shocking. The MC needs to seem to have a chance of saving the woman.
      With very best wishes

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      • There was no criticism in my comment, Penny. Only that I wanted to read more! Though you’re right, tension’s hard to build in so few words. Look forward to reading a longer version if you decide to write it 🙂


      • Dear Lynn
        I saw nothing in your comment that was not very constructive – I was agreeing that the story would be more powerful if I’d had more words. You need time to build tension!
        Very best wishes

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      • Yes, tension is a difficult one in small word counts. I entered a ghost story competition a few months back that was only around 100 words. Difficult to build unease in that short span.

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