#FF — On the fence

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

Trees surrounded the house like a cage.

Tangi asked the realtor, “Why has this house been on the market so long? The price is more than right.”

Inhaling visibly, the realtor answered, “Mechanically it’s sound, and there are no liens.”

That’s not what I asked.”

Once an offer is made, I’m able to disclose specifics,” was the response.

Tangi was on the fence. Something was amiss but the house was perfect.

Feeling confident she could handle whatever, she made the offer – and learned a family was impaled there.

The night she moved in, the fence began to bleed.

[101 words]

 

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the fun-loving host of Friday Fictioneers.

73 Comments Add yours

  1. I would tear that fence down and burn it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I might do the same!

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  2. Sheesh ….! When it is too good to be true and they won’t tell you who’s who … run away is the thing to do … 😉

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  3. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Paint the fence red and sell the house….and get out quick!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Great idea, Max! No way would I stay in that place.

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  4. Nobbinmaug says:

    “Vlad, did you do the dishes?” “No.” “What have you been doing?” “Working on my hobbies.”

    Now, there’s a singular opportunity. Tangi now has the coolest haunted house in town. Tickets only $5. I wouldn’t want to live there though.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Such a hilarious response. Maybe they could use the place as a plasma donation center during the day.

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      1. Nobbinmaug says:

        As long as the fence is bleeding, they don’t need to. Just hook up to the fence. Transfusions for everyone! What is the fence’s blood type?

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    Bleeding fences can be very lucrative. Miracles are rare these days

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe she stumbled onto a gold mine. Maybe. You’re right about the miracles.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Time to move straight back out again. Great little horror.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Iain.

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  7. doodletllc says:

    In some places, realtors have a duty to disclose…guess not here…is she brave enough to stay? I hope so. Oh yes, and for a start, take down that fence.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe the ghosts will leave with the fence?

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  8. What a story, Li but I must say I have enjoyed the comments more this time! 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL same here 🙂

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  9. Oh. Such a chilling tale, Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know I’d be out of there in a flash.

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  10. plaridel says:

    sadly, it’s not always what it seems. but somehow one has to learn to count his losses.

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  11. draliman says:

    Urk! The warning signs were there, but I doubt she imagined a bleeding fence!

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  12. Sandra says:

    A brave purchaser indeed. And probably a regretful one too, I should think. Great take.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sandra.

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  13. Good grief! Didn’t expect that. Well done, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Dolly!

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  14. judeitakali says:

    Woah, I love the suspense and conclusive horror

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jade. There were some very chilling horror stories told to this picture.

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      1. judeitakali says:

        I’ll find time and go have a read

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  15. trentpmcd says:

    I love old houses, but they all do have their own idiosyncrasies, you know, plumbing that seems fine, but is dodgy when temperature is above 80 F, boards that creek only when a cat is in the room, fences that bleed, they all have something…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol. I’m convinced my refrigerator is haunted. I have never heard an appliance make sounds like this one does. Seriously!

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      1. trentpmcd says:

        If there is a voice from your refrigerator that says “Zuul”, be very careful. Just ask Sigourney Weaver…

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        1. msjadeli says:

          :::jotting this down….Z-u-u-l…:::

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          1. trentpmcd says:

            lol, yes, Zuul, the Gatekeeper…

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Ya, and if it does, I know who I’m gonna call….

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  16. Dear Lisa,

    Perhaps she should’ve listened. I wonder if she tears the fence down if the walls would bleed? Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  17. I knew something was coming, and that was a great last line! Bleeding fences is a line for me. I’d be out of there the next minute. Chilling piece of horror!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  18. Danny James says:

    I would be moving out very fast.

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  19. Dora says:

    Oh no! I can see that conversation recurring very soon. 🙂

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  20. Oh you are good! Loved that and an extra word too, so I refused to read the last word!! Put a hyphen in somewhere, thats what I do!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      My word count program had it at 100 but who’s counting? Glad you liked it, Shrawl!

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      1. Always do, your tales leap out

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  21. Oh my, is it too late to change her mind? I’d be running really fast.
    Can you tell I’m scared? Have a wonderful day … Be Safe
    Isadora 😎

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I am hoping one of those situations where you have up to 30 days to change your mind. ::fingers crossed:: Thank you, Isadora, and you as well 🙂

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  22. siobhan1967 says:

    Heavens, that last line – bloodcurdling! Jolly well done, great story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Siobhan!

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  23. Dale says:

    If they won’t tell you until you sign, you don’t sign…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Agreed. Her better judgement fell down on the job that day.

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      1. Dale says:

        That it did.

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  24. James McEwan says:

    Every house has a history, if only it stayed buried and out of sight. Nice ghost story. there is a house No 13 on a street near me. It is unoccupied – so we think – and never been bought or sold it just sits there rotting away. Any offers?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m surprised your local jurisdiction doesn’t get after whomever’s name is on the deed. I hope No 13 is not too close to your place. There are dwellings best left unoccupied by humans. There used to an old sanitorium on the outskirts of town that later was turned into a psychiatric hospital. It sat empty for years. Groups of kids would go there and scare themselves. A friend of mine went in there, one not easily scared, and even he said the place held unwholesome spirits. They eventually tore the place down. Good riddance!

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  25. subroto says:

    She needs to sell that fence to the blood bank, nice twist at the end.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Best solution yet, Subroto! Thank you.

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  26. The withheld ‘specifics’ should have rung an alarm bell! Now what will she do I wonder!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Subroto just suggested she sell the fence to the blood bank. Good idea!

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  27. Bill says:

    Reminds me of the 90s book & movie, The Virgin Suicides.
    I once bought a house knowing the previous owner had committed suicide in the garage (carbon monoxide). The strange part was, although I’d never met him, I wondered about it at least half the times I entered the garage. What haunted him?
    Intriguing story. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think I saw that movie years ago; never read the book. You must have wanted to test your mettle to go forward with the purchase. Sounds like you passed 🙂 Thank you for reading and your comment, Bill.

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      1. Bill says:

        Actually I discovered the tragedy after closing. Such disclosure was optional at the time. Later any death had to be disclosed.

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  28. Wow, now that is a creepy twist I haven’t seen in any other stories.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It would definitely creep me out!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed! Thanks for reading.

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      1. notestowomen says:

        You’re welcome 🙂

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  29. Laurie Bell says:

    Oooo heck… she’s gotta get out of there!
    Talk about a haunted house. Great build up here… good tension for that final line

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Laurie.

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  30. Actually this is a hidden fault… and the purchase is likely to be reversed.

    Listing to this podcast about the sale of a haunted house.

    https://thisiscriminal.com/episode-145-how-to-sell-a-haunted-house

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for the link, Bjorn. That was a well-researched podcast and cool they had someone who was actually family in the court case. “Caveat emptor” is what it hinged on, and I love what the judge said about her trying to sell a house that was occupied. As they said at the end, whether it’s haunted or thought to be haunted by others makes a big difference in its salability. As they mentioned the house is currently for sale, I went out to zillow and guess what I found:
      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1-Laveta-Pl-Nyack-NY-10960/32384985_zpid/?
      Beautiful home! You’ll notice nothing in the description mentions it is thought to be haunted!

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      1. this is one of the podcasts I follow… it is a lot different from other true crime podcasts… That house seems to be very nice… and a bit haunted might actually be fun

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  31. Mike says:

    A fine story which resulted in interesting comments.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Mike!

      Like

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