Would You Stay Here?

I’m sure this is a fine establishment. A lovely bed and breakfast in the historic downtown area of Glendale Arizona.

All the same, I rather not take a chance.

Gaslight Inn

Good morning, ma’am. How did you sleep? I hope the room was to your satisfaction?

Well, yes, only I kept hearing footsteps in the room above me.

That’s impossible ma’am. There is no room above you.

What are you talking about? Of course there’s a room above me. I saw a man walk up the stairs last night.

You must have imagined it.

You bear a striking resemblance to Charles Boyer. Has anyone ever told you that?

Never. Here’s the coffee you ordered.

I didn’t order coffee.

Yes you did.

No I didn’t. I don’t like coffee.

Of course you do. You love coffee.

I do?

Here’s your spinach omelet.

But I didn’t–

Yes you did.

Hey, did the lights just dim?

It’s your imagination. Drink the coffee ma’am. You’ll feel better.

Author: C. J. Hartwell

Christi lives in Phoenix with Husband, Son, Daughter, and Dog. She enjoys moonlit walks on the beach, but as she doesn't live anywhere near a beach, she's usually in bed by 9:30.

15 thoughts on “Would You Stay Here?”

  1. Years ago, I stayed at a bed and breakfast in Bisbee, Arizona with my ex-wife. We didn’t get any sleep that night and it wasn’t because we were having a good time. She was afraid from the start and I guess it rubbed off on me because we heard noises all night long. And the bathroom was in the hallway so I had to stand guard whenever she had to go which was often. I’ve heard there are many towns like this in Arizona and there all haunted.

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      1. It wasn’t the Copper Queen but another one and they did advertise about a ghost living there. I don’t know if it was just the power of persuasion or the beers we drank at the saloon or both but we heard strange sounds.

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    1. Right? How incongruous is that scene? Hey, let’s have a Teddy Bear Tea Party! And oh, while we’re at it, we’ll make you think of a movie where a woman is on the verge OF A MENTAL BREAKDOWN! Caused by her HUSBAND!
      By the way, did you know the term “gaslighting” came from the play/movie? I thought it was the other way around. Interesting, don’t you think?

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      1. Yay! I finally know a bit of trivia that actually has some merit. Yep, “gaslighting” became a popular term after the play/movie introduced yet another way to torment the folks we supposedly love. In later years, it was also used as a descriptor for Soviet propaganda and political manipulation of the facts. Hmm. That seems to ring a current bell…

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