Drunken soldiers

96DC991C-CCFF-4959-BF28-862655CF7AE0 Photo prompt from Dawn M Miller

A dark silhouette appeared out of the mist, soon joined by assorted tomb stones standing in rows. They looked just like drunken soldiers on parade. A layer of freezing air descended and engulfed Buster. With caution Buster moved forward, passing between stone anchors and laurel leaves. He had entered a military grave yard, strangely he felt comfortable and his pace quickened. A well built porch appeared out of the mist, who’s door stood slightly ajar, offering access to a church. “You can come in old chap”. So Buster entered. “Are thee hungry, thee looks so”. “You want to share a railway man’s beef paste butty”.

Footnote: Link to prompt is traveling, sorry it is a bit tenuous this week.

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

This Post Has 23 Comments

  1. Kestril Trueseeker

    I’d be wary of food offered by mysterious strangers in a misty graveyard. Ghost food can’t be good for the digestion.

    1. Frankie

      ha ha !!! I’m curious to know what a railway man’s beef paste butty can be? any recipe?

      1. Michael Humphris

        Beef paste butties are a sign that the railway man is on hard times. A butty is a sandwich, beef paste is rather like pate, but not as good

        1. Frankie

          Many thanks.

  2. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    I wondered if Buster had joined the ranks of the dead and perhaps was having a last supper. Loved the descriptions – it gave it a surreal eerie atmosphere.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your comments, Buster tells me that he is still very much alive

  3. jillyfunnell

    I don’t think your link to the prompt is tenuous at all, Michael. You’ve written a lovely atmospheric piece and at the opening of it I was straight away reminded how objects seem to appear through the mist when I’m looking out of a train’s window. Whether Buster has passed away or is just temporarily in the past, it seems he is guaranteed a warm welcome. Lovely.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your comments, Jilly

  4. Alicia Jamtaas

    This is a delightful story, It reminds me of a story by James Lee Burke “In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead”.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now that’s a story that I will have to read. Thank you Alicia

  5. Iain Kelly

    Buster is seeing ghosts now perhaps? Still, if they’re offering food, that’s a good sign.

    1. Michael Humphris

      No ghosts, just a engine driver down on his luck.

  6. granonine

    Atmosphere is everything in this story. Good writing.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you very much granonine

  7. Abhijit Ray

    Buster is on the move. Good that he is not going hungry.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He is certainly on the move, thank you Abhijit

  8. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I thought Buster was a ghost until someone asked if he’s hungry. Interesting.



    1. Michael Humphris

      A little misdirect by me perhaps. So pleased to hear from you Rochelle

  9. Violet Lentz

    Excellent atmospheric write. I think I need to get better acquainted with Buster, seems I’m the odd man out here that isn’t familiar with him..

    1. Michael Humphris

      Buster is a character who has grabbed my muses attention. I have to admit that I have enjoyed thinking about his adventures

      1. Violet Lentz

        I just noticed that today and look forward to many more adventures with him .

  10. Dale

    Quite atmospheric indeed. I shall choose to be positive and not worry about people offering food.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale, I am pleased that the atmospheric conditions can over, there are some very isolated churches in the Yorkshire Dales

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