The 13th Couple

“U.S. Marshalls gunned down the poet turned America’s most wanted in this very bar.” The tour guide knocked on the wood of the pool table. “Some say his ghost still lingers.”

GG squeezed Rick’s hand. He wrapped his arm around her waist, pulled her closer, kissed her right temple. “There’s no such thing as ghosts,” he whispered.

“Why were they chasing him?” one of the tourists asked.

“Kidnapping and rape,” the tour guide answered. “She was only thirteen.”

“I heard he married her.” Rick lifted GG’s chin, winked at her.

“That’s disgusting,” a woman standing behind him spat out.

“Edgar Allen Poe married his thirteen-year-old cousin. Was madly in love with her.” Rick bent down, kissed the top of GG’s ear. She purred under his touch, turned her head to the side, extending her neck.

“Poe was a creep too,” the woman muttered.

Rick dug his nails into GG’s hip, leaving pale crescent moons in her skin.

GG squeaked.

“Apologies.” He took her hand, guided her to the back of the bar where they disappeared.

word count: 175


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21 thoughts on “The 13th Couple

  1. GG and Rick are in their own world. It is creepy to marry a 13 year old. However, I know even in the 1800’s people didn’t live long especially if they struggled for survival. So, many brides were too young. Great story.

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    1. It’s so disturbing to imagine a 13-year-old marrying a grown man, but you’re right, that was very common back then. Plus, if a girl can get pregnant at 13, it would only make since that she’s old enough to marry too…. It’s still creepy though. Haha!
      Thanks for reading!

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    1. Thanks! 😀 I would say that GG is much younger than Rick. Now, are they the ghosts of the poet and the kidnapped child bride? That’s up for interpretation. This story kind of wrote itself. 🙂

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    1. I must admit, when I wrote this, I had no idea where the story was going. It was only until I’d reached the end that I thought it’d be cool if Rick and GG were ghosts eavesdropping on the tour. 😉
      Thanks for reading!


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