The Medical Opinion

by , under Fiction Prompts, Friday Fictioneers

The doctor sits across from us at the steel table, mouth pursed. My wife’s hand goes clammy in mine.

“Well,” says the doctor, “aside from the things he says he sees, your son does not show any signs of mental illness. None.”

“That’s a relief,” I say, smiling. “Isn’t it, honey?”

“You said aside from the things he sees, Doctor,” says my wife. “What do you mean?”

“Perhaps he has an overactive imagination.”

“So you’re proposing that it’s an overactive imagination that makes him wake up screaming every night?”

I do not mention that I have begun seeing them too.


Friday Fictioneers

  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear J Hardy,

    You give new meaning to things that go bump in the night. Healthy serving of well done with a side of chilling.



  2. Christine Goodnough

    Eeek! Mind you, if the boy really is seeing something, it’s better to know it. Truth is always the best plan, no matter how scary.

    Intriguing tale — and thanks for sharing your photo.

  3. Martin Cororan

    The best part of this story was the bit with the shark…

    …You can see that too right?

  4. James

    My granddaughter periodically suffers night terrors. Her Dad (my Son) used to as a small child as well. My grandson won’t shower alone (I have to stand guard) because he says he sees ghosts in the mirror. You never know.

  5. trentpmcd

    Oh, don’t worry, your imagination is just taking suggestions from the boy… Yeah, that’s the ticket. Remind me not to visit at night.

    Nice twist to the ghost story.

  6. Lynn Love

    Ooh, cracking last line there! Bit of a Sixth Sense vibe going on, passed from one generation to the next. Nice tension, though I’d really like to read more!

  7. Magaly Guerrero

    Denial is the most frightening of monsters, and sometimes it comes accompanied by other nasty friends. I wonder how they’ll resolve this, and why the wife sees nothing…

  8. Joy Pixley

    Uh-oh. It’s one thing if the kid is seeing things. If a second person, especially an adult, is also seeing them…. time to run for the hills. I don’t even know what they’re seeing and it’s still great tension!

  9. handmadejewelryhaven

    Ok. So you start seeing the ghosts that your son is screaming nightly about.
    My first move would be to a Day’s Inn rather than a doctor ;)
    Did these people not see the movie ‘Poltergeist’??

    – Lisa

  10. Emily Livingstone

    This is great! Definitely makes me want to know more. I’m not sure the doctor will be able to satisfy those parents, with lies or with truth! Poor kid.

  11. Michael Wynn

    Spooky and worrying. Once there’s corroboration the things cannot be denied. This is just the start, what will the things do next? How will it develop?


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