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The writer Mr. Hallock, was told by his employer, Mr. Jenkins to write a ghost story. He told him to write a very horrifying story with supernatural elements because the public liked these kind of stories. The writer agreed to write for him as no one else printed his stuff. He was not a writer of this genre. Whenever he decided to write a ghost story, surprisingly the plot had appeared from nowhere. When he sat down to write the story, no idea occurred to him. In fact his mind wondered in all other directions like his wife’s shopping trips and such other material things.
The writer spoke to himself, “This writing business is delightful, isn’t it?” To his surprise, a voice at the other end of the room said, “Yes, it is. ” The writer was surprised to see a figure taking shape gradually. It was a woman, tall and angular, with enormous fishy eyes, wearing spectacles. She came and stood before the writer. He now wished to know why she had come. The writer was surprised at the answer she gave. She told him that he only called her to help him write the story.
Moreover, she told him that all the ghosts were going on a strike so he should stop bothering her for another plot. She elaborated that all the other stories that had been a hit had come from her only. She explained that she had been a writer in her other birth but now she had collected all other ghosts like her and set up a “Writers Inspiration Bureau.
“Now they extended help to those writers who had no ideas to write. The writer disagreed with the ghost’s view for he had never seen her before so how could she have inspired him. She explained that she sat on his shoulder and gave him ideas to write. But now they all were fed up of being pulled out of beds at all times and had decided to go on a strike. The ghost wanted the writer to call all his friends and stop using the Ouija board.
The conversation of the writer and the ghost is interrupted by the arrival of his wife who is surprised to see her husband sitting in the dark and talking loudly to himself. However, she was going gaga over a recent purchase she had made. On the writer’s query, she revealed that she had bought a Ouija board to help the writer to write the stories. She wanted to make story writing an easy task for him. The writer tried his best to dissuade his wife from keeping that board but she refused to listen.
Next day, he set out for his job. He worked as an accountant in a company. He could not leave his job and take to full time story writing due to financial problems. On reaching back from work, he was told by his cook to get ready and go downstairs as his wife had invited some guests. When he came down eventually, he was surprised to see their parlor full of women, belonging to his wife’s book club.
They were sitting in two’s and between them was kept an Ouija board. His wife wanted him to be a partner to Miss. Hinkle, who was left alone. Miss Hinkle took the writer’s fingers and started moving them on the board. Surprisingly the words spelt on the board were ‘TRAITOR. ‘Miss. Hinkle wanted the board to clarify as to who was a traitor. The Ouija board spelled out that it was Mr. Hallock. On enquiring about the identity of the speaker, it revealed it was someone with the name Helen. The fact created a furor and everybody, including the writer’s wife, gathered around them. All the Ouija boards signaled towards the writer. He could not answer and fled the scene and went to sleep.
Next morning, when he woke up, he found a slip of paper with a message written on it from his wife that she was leaving him for good and that her lawyer would communicate with him. The writer was shocked and surprised. Meanwhile that ghost Helen, reappeared and told the writer that she had been sent to ensure that his wife was going to get rid of that Ouija board. The writer was very angry and retorted that the ghost had made the writer lose his wife, his home and happiness.
The writer’s wife Lavinia enters and tells him that she was moving out. The writer was trying to shield and cover Helen when Lavinia told him that he was behaving strangely. Just then the cook barged in and announced that she cannot work at a place where there were Ouija boards and activities relating to curses and charms. Lavinia was in no mood to be pacified and wanted to see who was hiding behind her husband. Helen did not disappear this time and boldly announced that she, indeed, was Helen. Lavinia felt very miserable to create such a ruckus and accuse her husband of infidelity. The writer felt inspired and realized that he had indeed hit upon an excellent plot for a ghost story.
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