50 Word Thursday — The Tale of Thomas

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“What had happened to him at that moment was what happens to people when they are unexpectedly caught in something very shameful.” – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

The Tale of Thomas is still told around campfires in these parts.

St. Horatio’s Seminary shut down every spring so the students could go help the needy.  Only one groundskeeper stayed on campus over spring break.

Thomas had been working as a groundskeeper there for three years. It paid a stipend, but it came with a small one-room cabin behind the groundskeeping garage.

Thomas had a deep wish to love and be loved, but his “creep aura” made females avoid him. Over years of rejection he turned to a waking fantasy life rich with females who adored him.

If only Thomas’ dreams were as pleasant as his fantasies. In sleep those same women transformed into bloodthirsty harpies who swooped at him and tore at his flesh. With no sleep, his thoughts made a poison soup zone.

Thomas formed a plan that his new, darker self demanded he follow through with. His stomach churned. What had happened to him at that moment was what happens to people when they are unexpectedly caught in something very shameful. His better self curled up in a ball and went to sleep.

As groundskeeper, Thomas knew every square inch of the campus, including a large room at the top of the tower, with a dumbwaiter that could hold something as big as a human body.

It was a chilly afternoon at the end of April when Thomas walked towards the tower with a dark purpose. He would make them love him – or else.

The End.

Fandango’s FOWC is written, the Word of the Day Challenge is zone, and Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are creep, wish, soup

Kristian is this Thursday’s host of 50 Word Thursday.  Kristian says:
The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Fandango says:

    Sort of reminds me of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Great tale, Li.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      You know you’re right it is similar. Glad you liked it.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Sadje says:

    It’s a dark tale!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it is Sadje. Thanks for reading.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li

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  3. Nicely woven together with a lot of creep factor thrown in. Great tale. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Kristian 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I think that the campus killer is about to strike again.

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  5. badfinger20 says:

    Run from Thomas…very quickly.
    What is scary is…how many Thomas’s are walking about?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      What’s that group of celibate men that have organized online? I think they took responsibility for some killings in Canada? Can’t remember the name, but those folks are very scary.

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        Incel? Crazy &*^% men. It makes you not want to go outside.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Yes! and yes 😦

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  6. memadtwo says:

    Too close to reality…(K)

    Liked by 1 person

  7. The Real Cie says:

    Absolutely chilling. Nicely done!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Cie. Yes, the idea this could be real is chilling.

      Like

  8. Violet Lentz says:

    Just the right bit of dark if you ask me. I think Thomas has outlived his usefulness as groundskeeper…..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Violet.

      Like

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