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Where is the misunderstood ghost? This really doesn't even qualify as a ghost story, IMO. A ghost pops in for a second just to show the guy his wife, if that's his wife. Who is the ghost, is it her? What is its motivation?
Let's leave aside the OWC requirement. What did Petrona do that resulted in the deaths of the kids? What was the problem between her and Fabian? These are kind of important questions. Myabe they the answers are in the script and I am too dense to grasp them.
The story is well written. The setting is Gothic. But the important character motivations are not clear to me at all. Can be fixed easily, I'm sure.
I dug the setting and overall vibe of the piece, it fit the criteria. Other portions of it didn't though, which were previously stated here.
It felt like you had a great story, but had trouble telling it. Maybe it was just how I read it, but I felt that you knew what you wanted to say, but left out important bits that would have given the reader more insight into everything.
While this piece did have the right direction, I felt that the story held it back a bit.
This was quite an interesting one. I was waiting for it to get going and it never really "exploded" but reflecting over it I think the story is fitting of gothic horror. I take it Petrona is suffering a great illness which has been passed on to the children which resulted in their deaths and caused the conflict between Fabian and Hector. This was a nice dynamic, Hector obviously wanting to keep his love from harm and trying to nurse her back to health whilst Fabian feared for his own, which is why he did what he did.
It would have been interesting to know what this illness was, but not particularly necessary so unless I missed a subtle hint I don't blame you for not including it. I liked the ending - reminded me of "The Black Cat" - and I'm guessing Hector was either suffering so much through loneliness or had contacted the illness himself and that's why decided to end his life in that way.
The ghost is a bit of a mystery - I'd guess it was Petrona's spirit.
As for meeting the challenge, not sure. It's Gothic, has horror ( the ending) but the Ghost's only role was to guide Hector to the chamber. Helpful more than good.
I liked the style of writing, very clear and easy to take in what was going on ( except page 7 - I got lost with the "pain etches over Hector's head" for a bit due to him having just pushed Fabian against the wall) and even if I'm not a period drama fan, and this at times felt like one, it was a decent read. Nice one, 6/10
This one's got a ton of promise - and there's obviously talent behind the words. (The puff of dust was a beautiful and subtle touch. Kudos!)
Great, gothic setting. Great classic story. Shakespearean almost, in the level of tragedy that one could achieve with this.
The story does need to be streamlined. Cut out any duplications (for instance, once it's established that Hector suspects Fabian of wrong doing, no need to rub it in any further.) And the ending...could be reworked.
Here's an idea - if you're interested. You've established that Patrona's sickness has caused the death of her children. She's got to have a ton of guilt over that. Fabian follows her into the catacombs, ready to confront her for continuing to wander the castle. He finds her dying, perhaps from her sickness. She forces him to promise to hide her body, and never tell Hector as the loss would kill him. Fabian does - then lies to Hector once confronted. Fabrian dies - Hector heads for the catacombs.
The ghost follows, and he finds her body. The spectre tells him the truth - that she committed suicide to keep her husband from suffering a similar fate (and to stop the brother's quarrel, once and for all.)
Hector lies with her body in his arms, crying for his lost family. At this point, he has nothing left.
Just a thought. Fun story - thanks for submitting!
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Smartphone use complaints in a gothic tale? Hmmm. A ghost detecting smartphone, I wish! This is sounding more like Fringe by the second. How come no one noticed the scorpion on the plate sooner? Virtually all talk with little adherence to the OWC rules. There’s only one thing missing from this ghostly smartphone app. I kept waiting for a joke about “roaming charges” for ghost radar. Oh yeah, I so went there.
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Excellent beginning, classic Gothic setting. You needed to explain how the kids died. I think this was imperative because it would help us understand Petrona's character more. What was the reason Fabian blamed her for the deaths?
The back and forth between the brothers and Petrona was somewhere between Shakespeare and telenovela. Entertaining melodrama.
I loved the catacombs. In fact, I wish you used them even more in this story.
Whose SCREAM was that? Fabian's or Petrona's? If Petrona was sealing herself in, why would she scream? It would have helped if you had indicated a male or female scream.
And again at the end, whose ghost was that? Fabian's or Petrona's? A little more clarity and this story would have carried a lot more weight.
Beautiful setting, wonderful atmosphere. The pacing of the story is good, so good in fact that the substance of the story itself is a bit of a letdown. The ending is interesting but... she bricked herself up into the wall? because she just wanted her husband to forget about her? Creepy in all new ways.