Nubbin Jitters

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

This is another story that just needed to be told. --- Why? --- Don't really know, but I did it anyway.

"Doppelganger!" the man yelled as he raced across the busy two-lane street. Then the man ran down the sidewalk, all the while yelling and calling out that strange name, "Doppelganger!"

Eventually the distressed man arrived at the drawbridge that spanned the mouth of the river. And when he had made his way to the center of the bridge he screamed once more before diving into the waters below.

Being a newcomer to this Picturesque seaside town, I was appalled that no-one seemed to even notice, let along care what had just transpired.

And as I looked around, I noticed a meter-maid who was writing a parking ticket. So I ran over to her and asked her to call dispatch for some help, a man had just jumped into the river.

Well, just as I was telling the meter-maid my story, the same man did it all again! The very same man screaming the same stupid word, "Doppelganger!" --- And once again he ran to the bridge and jumped into the river.

After the second go-around with the screaming man, the meter-maid just smiled and stated, "You must be new in town." Then she went on to explain about Nubbin Jitters, the town's very own ghost.

The meter-maid stated, "Every Tuesday the ghost of Nubbin Jitters seemingly comes out of nowhere and he screams the same word while running towards the bridge; after all the ruckus, his ghost jumps in the river just like the living Nubbin Jitters did over a hundred years ago.

We believe that Nubbin was distrait about something, or he saw something. Apparently it was something that frightened him fiercely, so he ran to the bridge and in an effort to get away from whatever it was, he jumped into the icy waters.

As you can imagine, it wasn't long before the frigid waters had overtaken poor Nubbin's ability to swim, so he drowned.

Well, ever since then his ghost has been charging through this town and jumping in the river, repeating that dreadful day.

This has been happening for so long that I'm afraid we locals don't seem to notice him anymore; poor man."

I took a nibble from my Too-tie Fruity Bar that I had just acquired from the Bayside Creamery. Then I wondered out loud, "Why in the world doesn't Nubbin give up the ghost and move on?"

As the Meter-maid slipped the ticket under the windshield wiper blade of the brand new Tesla, she replied, "Don't know, but he's good for business. I've been told that half the tourists that visit here come to see Nubbin; I guess that's why Tuesday is always our busiest day."

After saying that, she smiled, seated herself in her caddy-cart police patrol vehicle, and she drove away.

No sooner had she turned the corner, Nubbin Jitters came out of nowhere and screamed that same word while running towards the bridge. "Doppelganger!" he yelled. Then his ghost jumped in the river just like before.

This time I noticed a group of people standing outside a tour-bus and when Nubbin jumped in the river they all clapped, as if it was an act and the conclusion of some sort of play.

"Poor Nubbin, there ought to be a law against exploiting the dead," I mumbled as I took another bite of my tasty frozen treat.

The next day I packed my bags and checked out of my motel. And after a nice country style breakfast at a trendy little cafe, I took one of the side roads out of town.

I was out to see the sights locals see, and you can't see those sights from the interstate highways.

I drove along, smelling the sea air and gawking at everything worth, and not worth seeing. And as I turned onto an unexpected side road I saw it. It wasn't real big, not as buildings go, but it was the sign that caught my eye, "Doppelganger Holographic, if you can dream it, we can make it look real."

 

 

D. Thurmond / JEF

06-23-2021


Submitted: June 24, 2021

© Copyright 2021 D. Thurmond aka JEF. All rights reserved.

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Rob73

A funny ghost story, that is well written.

Thu, June 24th, 2021 3:21am

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Thanks. ...

Thu, June 24th, 2021 10:32am

Ann Sepino

That surprise ending is the best, lol. Who would've know that holographs would be involved in this? And as always, a Tesla shines through in this story! Love it!

Sun, June 27th, 2021 11:34am

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Thanks Ann, so happy you liked it. --- Endings are hard to pull off when you start a story without a clue as to what the end will be.

Sun, June 27th, 2021 2:19pm

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