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Until Hell Freezes Over

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By J. S. WadePublished 8 months ago β€’ Updated 8 months ago β€’ 1 min read
Until Hell Freezes Over
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Leather couches can be hard, cold, or inviting. Today, it was cold. Ten years had passed since my Lori died. My daughter Joni was away at dental school, preparing to succeed my practice. The mantle clock ticked the seconds as two words racked my mind. What next? Ramee, the hound curled on the couch beside me, remained silent.

Reflecting on my years in High School, one person filled my mind like a Chanel-scented candle. Holly Jones, Miss Summerville, had kissed my cheek at graduation and whispered in my ear. "I will love you until hell freezes over Billy." The next day, she left town to attend Stanford. Forty years later, I still wondered what she meant.

I found her profile online and discovered she had grown more beautiful with age. Her status read, Widowed.

I called my friend Hal and asked if he remembered Holly.

"Holly Jones?" he said, "I read her obit two days ago. Why do you ask?"

"No reason."

"She was a looker for sure. The Class of '76's Christmas party's tonight."

"I'll pass," I said with nostalgic regret.

"You promised. I will pick you up at seven."


Later, a hard leather couch in the corner hid me well at the party. The crowd parted ways, and Holly Jones appeared in a black shoulder-less velvet dress. A magnificent apparition floated across the room toward me. Preceded by her Chanel NΒΊ 5, she dropped on the couch, leaned into me, and whispered.

"Billy, apparently hell hasn't frozen over yet."

"Are you a beautiful ghost taunting me Holly? The local obits said you died."

Her eyes danced, and her voice teased,

"Billy, you silly goose. You forgot there were two Holly Jones in our class."

The leather couch transformed from cold and hard to inviting.



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J. S. Wade

Since reading Tolkien in Middle school, I have been fascinated with creating, reading, and hearing art through story’s and music. I am a perpetual student of writing and life.

J. S. Wade owns all work contained here.

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Comments (19)

  • Donna Fox (HKB)7 months ago

    Well that was an unexpected twist Scott! I enjoyed this short tale of yours, great work!

  • JBaz7 months ago

    oh how did this one slip past my reading list. You packed so much in so few words. Loved this and congratulations on being a winner.

  • Wow! I loved this... a totally unexpected twist... I was bracing myself for more heartache.

  • Andrea Corwin 7 months ago

    Haha, good one!

  • Dana Crandell7 months ago

    Clevery written and the twist was excellent. Great story, Scott!

  • Test7 months ago

    Brilliant use of the couch as a plot device. Really enjoyed the twist - I thought it was going to get very dark but the ending was lovely 🀍

  • Daphsam7 months ago

    Great holiday story!

  • Susana's World7 months ago

    Loved this❀️

  • I wondered where that was going. Great story!

  • Babs Iverson8 months ago

    Superbly written!!! Perfect love story twist!!!β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’•

  • Lamar Wiggins8 months ago

    Lol, that would have freaked me out. Especially noticing the scent that some ghost carry with them wherever they go! Nicely done!

  • What a welcome transformation!

  • At first I was like "Oh no, she's dead". Then I was like, "Wait did I read that right? I thought obit was short for obituary". So I googled it and I was right. Then I was like "Omggg she's come to haunt him". And then I came to the ending. Lol. You put me on a roller coaster!

  • Mark Gagnon8 months ago

    Great twist! I like the way you used the coach as a focal point. Nicely done!

  • Antoinette L Brey8 months ago

    I enjoyed the ending. I enjoyed the whole piece

  • Tiffany Gordon 8 months ago

    Stunning piece! BRAVO!!

  • Cathy holmes8 months ago

    Oh, I like that ending. Beautiful story.

  • tarun bhatt8 months ago

    Beautiful story

  • Real Poetic8 months ago

    Beautiful love story! πŸ‘πŸΌ

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