Thursday photo prompt: Monochrome #writephoto

Sue has given us a black and white photo to work with this week.
https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/3193846/posts/2263196352

For visually challenged writers, the image shows an ornately half-timbered house, bowed by the weight of centuries.
The house was an icon and had stood for years in its own grounds.
It had no neighbours or boundaries, the lawns were kept immaculate and no self-respecting daisy or dandelion would dare show its face in the perfect green sea.
It was a house of laughter and gaiety, in the same family for at least ten generations, and big enough to house siblings and spouses, parents and grandchildren with aplomb.
Many said the reason it began to sag was because of the constant weight off kids running to and fro.
The dark panels grew black and ominous, a total contrast to the whitewashed walls which now seemed stark and virginal.
The grounds, no less immaculate, lost their hue, and the merriment once so apparent simply died, as did everyone inside that fateful night.
The Silent Killer they said. Carbon monoxide took them all as they slept, never to awaken.
Twenty three, ranging in age from eighty seven years to four months. An entire dynasty.
The house stands empty and forlorn, an iconic shell which no-one will touch.

 

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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19 Responses to Thursday photo prompt: Monochrome #writephoto

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    oh that is a real horror story…

  2. Sadje says:

    Oh! A tragic ending.

  3. jenanita01 says:

    Your imagination went into overdrive! Very creepy…

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Such a tragic end. I loved the idea that the kids running around so much had made the house start to sag.

  5. Oooo, I’ve gone all shivery. What a tragic end. In a strange way, it was a fitting, if horrible conclusion. But how could anyone ever live there again?! x

  6. kytwright says:

    I didn’t see that coming.

  7. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Di that is so good, not what I was expecting.πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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