A White Flag Outside the House

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic

1644. Edinburgh is in the grip of an outbreak of Bubonic Plague. Worst hit is the 'underground city' and its Closes. The Plague Doctor has never been busier.

A white flag outside the house meant death. In the murky rotting passages of Mary King's Close the inhabitants scurried about attending to their everyday lives; but they did so in fear of what lurked inside the houses with a white flag. Whenever a flag appeared over a door the masked figure of Doctor Rae would soon be seen descending on the sufferer's house.

Somewhere on the close a priest could be heard crowing promises of salvation from the foul pestilence through God's infinite love.

A small boy crept slowly to the doorstep with a parcel of bread and ale in one hand and clutching a cross with the other. He put the parcel on the step and knocked. A terrible scream broke out of the house and sent the boy running. Soon after the boy was home he began coughing violently and when removed his shirt found strange black spots trailing up his scrawny arm.

....MORECOMINGSOON.....


Submitted: October 24, 2009

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JChan

I like how white doesn't symbolize peace, innocence, hope &etc. Gives a bit of a twist and is more cultural since you are using the more Oriental symbolism.

Sat, October 24th, 2009 5:06pm

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