The Houseguest

"I'll always miss her, Henry. It doesn't matter that it's been over a year. She's my mother, after all."

Henry sighed, and sank further into the sofa. "But that's what I'm trying to say, Maggie. She's not gone. She never left."

Maggie put her hands on her hips. "Henry Stivner, I never took you for a cruel man. But what you just said..."

Henry studied the swirling black pattern on the plush maroon carpet. "I'm not trying to be cruel, Maggie. I'm trying to tell you that I've felt her presence in our bedroom every night since she passed. Why do you think I've not been able to spend an entire night in there since the funeral?"

Maggie studied his face. "What made you decide to speak up now? After so long?"

Henry looked up, his eyes slowly widening. "You believe me?"

She nodded. "The nights I got up, I always found you on the couch. You'd never done that before. What happened to make you decide to tell me?"

"It was last night, when I saw a door that shouldn't be there. It was over by the dresser. A bright sunshine yellow. You told me that was her favorite color, when we were picking out the wedding colors. I always suspected the presence I felt was your mother, but that confirmed it."

"Did you see what was on the other side?" Maggie whispered, glancing in back of the couch at the open bedroom door for a second.

Henry shook his head. "I was afraid to touch it, or even go near it. I'm sorry, Honey. I know how much you want a message from your mom."

Maggie sat beside him, and took his hand. "No, you did the right thing. I don't want to lose you too."

He smiled sadly. "I don't think she would have hurt me."

"Of course not... I just worry that something could have gone wrong. There's a barrier between the living and the dead for a reason."

"Don't worry, I would never be able to bring myself to touch that door. I seriously thought about grabbing a chair, and sitting near it. But I couldn't even bring myself to do that. I guess I'm just a coward..."

Maggie dabbed her eyes, then hugged him. "You're the bravest man I know! Thank you for wanting to do that for me."

She sniffled. "Why didn't you wake me?"

He went pale. "Well, I saw this movie once. A mother who passed away missed her son so much that she tried to get him to cross over early. I guess I couldn't get the idea out of my head, I'm sorry."

She stiffened. "Mom would never do anything like that!"

He sat straighter, and put his hand on her shoulder. "I know. I just couldn't stand it if anything happened to you, Honey. Like you said, something could go wrong, even though she'd never deliberately hurt us."

She relaxed, leaning against Henry. A few seconds later the couple curled up together on the couch, arms entwined and eyes closed.

Unknown to them, a bright sunshine yellow door appeared in their bedroom, and opened a crack. Out of it rolled a small, bright sunshine yellow ball, with a smiley face on one side, and the word goodbye printed on the other.

A second later, the door was gone.



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The idea of portals to the other world are always interesting, arousing curiosity and a sense of adventure. I like the way you have woven this into a sensitive/romantic story.

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What you have simply crafted here do visit my mind some time ago when i lost my grandma. I really love her cause we spend more of our holidays with her. She do tell us stories. We eat together. Losing here was so painful that all of these crazy imagination do flow in.

Haha,😀.you did really well with the prompt,making it romantic also. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful new week.

I'm so sorry for your loss 😢

I'm glad you enjoyed the story, I hope the memories weren't too painful.

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I think someone I care about is in my laptop, while just sitting there without me touching it, it scrolls by itself. When I had my old laptop I told my daughter that it was haunted, she laughed at me, then one day she was doing something on it and said, "Mom your laptop just took a file and placed it somewhere else". I told her, yes I know, it is haunted.

Wow... Have you ever lost any money, or had accounts accessed? This is definitely something that hackers can do as well.

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No, not that I know of, my husband keeps an eye on our bank account and I do not see anything missing here on Hive. I wonder how I can find out if I am being hacked. I like the idea of a loved one trying to communicate with me.

I suspect if you were hacked that long ago, you'd know by now. Something would have gone missing. So there's really no earthly explanation that I can think of :)

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Maybe it is not earthy. 😇

It's definitely not :)

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Maybe leave a txt file on your desktop, simply asking questions? My first one would be to ask who they are.

Thank you but, I have never heard of a text file, I will ask my daughter how to do it, or better yet, I will have her do it the next time she comes by.

It's easy, just open Notepad, type, then save it :)

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What a wonderful take on the prompt! You created a lovely balance between narrative, action, and dialogue, and brought the close relationship and evolving discussion between Maggie and Henry alive through their interactions. I was completely immersed as the conversation developed and moved the story forward. The final touch of humour and sentimentality made for an unexpected yet perfect ending.

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Loved this! The interplay between Maggie and Henry is beautifully captured. We witness at close quarters the unfolding of their relationship and the challenges that Henry faces in sharing his experiences with his wife. Your ending is a stroke of genius. Just perfect!!

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Despite missing her mother, it is better that the living and the dead remain apart.
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It is amazing how simple yet intricate you make craft out of words. This is heartfelt and I felt every word. Took me back to when I lost my mother. I longed for a message. I still do.

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