This week’s Trifecta challenge, appropriately themed for Halloween, is BOO. Here is the third bullet of the definition given:
3. (verb) to show dislike or disapproval of someone or something by shouting “Boo” slowly
I suppose now is as good a time as any to be writing a ghost story.
Jane looked up once, scowled, and returned to her homework. Or, at least, returned to pretending to do her homework. She pushed the butt of her pencil around and around the page in concentric circles, watching eraser shavings accumulate. The clock was just not moving fast enough. She had a half-baked theory that every day at 2:00 p.m., the clocks in the middle school froze and time came to a halt as the students waited for another excruciating half hour for the bell to ring at 2:30.
So engrossed was she in her eraser art that she didn’t at first see the ghost in front of her. When she did notice, she sat back in her seat and looked around the study hall. The other students didn’t seem to notice the transparent figure of a girl in front of her. Jane looked back at the girl and blinked. The ghost-girl also blinked.
“Booooooo,” the ghost-girl said. Except it didn’t sound like a regular “boo,” like Jane would hear from a ghost on TV. It was more like the boo she had heard earlier in the year when she had dropped a pass in the championship basketball game. Or when she walked down the middle school hallway after that fateful Saturday.
“No, I don’t think that’s what you’re supposed to sound like,” she whispered, looking around to make sure no one was listening.
The ghost-girl scowled and tried again: “Boooooooooo.” Still the sound of disapproval.
“No, try it like this: BOO!” Jane demonstrated the undulating noise the ghost was supposed to be making, like the people who wore sheets in Scooby-Doo. Someone in the next row over made a loud “shhhh!” noise, but when Jane looked, everyone had their heads on their work still.
“Boo?” the ghost-girl said tentatively. Still nothing.
Jane sighed and went back to her eraser scribbles. If she couldn’t even teach a ghost how to scare people, there was no hope at all.