Bath Time for Betty

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Betty doesn't take baths, she takes showers. Do you want to know why?

The old woman was frantic, shouting and raving about not wanting to take a bath. She was saying, "I only take showers, I never take baths! Over and over she said this.

The recently hired caregiver, the third in a year, was calm and professional as she said, "Now Betty, baths are much more relaxing. And if you are relaxed you will sleep better."

Betty changed the tone of her voice to one of panic when she said, "But the face in the Shower-Curtain, that monster has no power when the water is running! She only has power when the tub is full of water."

The Caregiver replied, "Now dear, Doctor has told you that there is nothing to worry about, it's just some wrinkles in the shower curtain. Besides, when I filled the tub with warm water, I saw nothing."

Betty sat down on the edge of her bed and stated, "I know what I have seen and I can hear her too, she is calling!"

Again the Caregiver tried to calm the old woman by saying, "Betty, dear, it is just a shower curtain. There is nothing to be afraid of."

Betty looked up at the woman and said, "Go look for yourself, Agnes; I'm not going in there until you look again!"

Agnes frowned as she replied, "Very well, if it will make you feel any better. But then it is bath time, OK?"

Betty smiled and said, "Sure, but you have to look first."

Agnes crossed the bedroom and opened the bathroom door.

And as she stepped into the bathroom, she stated, "I don't see a thing, sweetie, not one. ... No, No, get away! No, No! ahhhhhhhhhhh ---!"

Betty eyes grew wide as she listened to the sounds of water splashing, and there was gurgling sounds too.


After the terrible noises stopped, Betty got up from the bed and hobbled towards the bathroom with the help of her ever present bamboo cane.

And as she looked passed the opened bathroom door she saw the bathtub, and her Caregiver's half-submerged body in the tub.

Suddenly a voice was heard, a voice sounding as if it was coming from behind the shower curtain. It was saying, "Bet---tee, come play with me, please, Bet-tee;" the voice repeated the same words over and over.

Betty stepped just inside the doorway while holding her cane from the straight end. And with a thrust of her wrinkled old hand, she managed to hook the chain on the tub stopper.

"NOooooo!" the voice from the curtain cried out, but to no avail.

Betty pulled hard on the cane and in turn the cane pulled on the tub-stopper chain.

"BLURP," was the sound when the stopper came out of the drain-hole and the water began to drain from the tub.

"I'll get you for this, Betty, you just wait and see! I'll get you yet," the voice from beyond the curtain yelled!


When the tub was empty, Betty hobbled over to the body of the Caregiver, Agnes.

Betty noticed that Agnes was breathing so she pocked her with her cane, "Get up," she demanded.

After a second nudge, Agnes began to move around; it seemed surprising that she was alive.

Betty repeated herself, "Come on, get up and get this floor dried-off before someone falls, there is extra towels in the closet.

Agnes seemed weak, but she managed to lift herself off the floor. And when she turned towards the old woman, she grabbed Betty with both hands!

"Gotcha!" the Caregiver yelled.

But Betty could see that it was not Agnes that had a-hold of her, no, for the monster had moved from shower curtain to Agnes. And now she was free.




D. Thurmond / JEF


Rew. 05-11-2021

Submitted: March 16, 2019

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Whoa! That was a creepy tale, JE!

Sat, March 16th, 2019 8:31pm


The idea for this story all started with my shower curtain and the face I saw in it. --- No, I had not been drinking, cjal, the cover pic is the shower curtain's face. Who would have thunk it?.

Mon, March 18th, 2019 9:11am

Vance Currie

Oh! I thought it was curtains for the spook, but noooooo! Nice twist JEF.

Sat, March 16th, 2019 8:57pm


Thanks Joe.

Mon, March 18th, 2019 9:07am

unmasked delusions

This was just perfect. I could definitely see this being on the twilight zone or tales of the unexpected, something like that with the eerie theme music playing at the end. I know this is horror but I found it funny also and quirky. I like it

Wed, March 20th, 2019 5:12am


Thanks much. It all was a vision from the shower curtain, kind of.

Thu, March 21st, 2019 9:13am

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