The Host and the Ghost, a WeWrite

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This is my entry to @freewritehouse's and @zeldacroft's WeWrite challenge https://steempeak.com/wewrite/@freewritehouse/we-write-13-the-host
The fabulous prompt section was written by @ntowl.
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This Week's Prompt

The Host

by @ntowl

The silver orb gleamed in the light. Resting on a long metal tube extending from a circular base, nothing had ever terrified Jonathan more. He glanced at the clock. Three minutes left. He rolled his chair closer to the desk, grasped the tube in his right hand, and pulled the orb closer. A wave of heat flashed through him and he dabbed his forehead with a towel in his left hand. The roaring in his ears grew louder as he double checked the status on the monitors. A quick high-pitched but not unpleasant beep, beep, beep broke through the noise in his head.

"Two minutes to go Jonny. Ads are rolling now, I'll start your introduction when they end. You'll go live immediately after, just like we rehearsed yesterday," Steven's calm voice came through the headphones Jonathan wore.

He nodded, eyes wide.

"Jonny? You there bud?"

"Yes."

"We must have an audio issue. I can barely hear you. Damn! I knew we should have run a few more tests. Ok, give me a sec-"

"It's ok," Jonathan said louder, and swallowing hard. "I-I just lost my voice there a bit." He dabbed his face and released his death grip on the microphone. It's shiny surface reflected a distorted version of himself stretched around the sphere, broken in spots by the mesh that let his voice travel through.

"Yeah, that's better. Look, I know it's your first live show and your nerves are probably on edge."

You have no idea, Jonathan thought as his heartbeat began pounding in his ears.

"Everyone's nervous their first time. But you're here for a reason, remember that," Steven paused, "Time check, thirty seconds. Take a couple of deep breaths, shake out the nervousness and be ready to go at the end of your intro. We've already got ten calls on hold for you. They warned me you'd be popular! No catching up on my reading during your show. Time check, fifteen seconds. You got this bud, right?"

"Yes. Yes I do," he said sitting up taller in his chair, dabbing his forehead again. "No problem at all..."

"Awesome! Remember I'm here for you behind the scenes, keep an eye on the system chat in the bottom left corner of the screen. Time check, intro rolling..."

The bumper music played in his ear and a man with an unbelievably deep voice told the audience how lucky they were to be listening to the internet radio station KFLY and their newest host. The introduction ended and Jonathan miraculously became Jonny.

"Hey everyone. This is Jonny James on KFLY radio and I'm so glad you could join us for the premier of Everything and Anything. I'd like to jump right in and take some calls rather than bore you with the overly pedantic babbling I tend to do. Sooooo, Caller one. Tell us your name, where you're from, and whatever it is you want to share tonight."


My Continuation

The Ghost

By @owasco

Jonathan Jonny James hadn't always gone by that name, and this wasn't his first live show either. Years earlier he'd done a slew of them, and made a ton of money too. But it all fell apart because of Janice.

As the time for the first caller on his brand new show Jonny James Everything and Anything neared, the specter of Janice caused a full on panic attack. The time Janice ran his poodle Dizzy over with her car. The time Janice lit the shed in his yard afire. The time Janice appeared at his ICU bedside claiming to be his wife, while he lay motionless and unable to scream that she was not. But far worse than any of these was the time Janice called his old radio show and was Caller Number One.

It had been many years since the day the cops dragged a snarling Janice away from his hospital bedside. "Never forget that first call Frankie, because it won't be my last" she hissed. It was many months before Frankie felt safe again. As soon as he was well, he changed his name, had some cosmetic work done, packed up his house, and moved to a remote area of Utah. But Janice's last words haunted him for years after. Jonny could only find respite from her piercing voice in the seat of a powerful and very loud lawn mower.

That's the story of how rich and famous Frankie Frum of Flower Power Hour became Jonathan Jonny James, minimum wage employee of Landscapers Inc.

Jonny nee Frankie would get to talking to the homeowners about medicinal plants in their yards. He treated Evelyn's headaches with the feverfew growing among bricks in her garden. He cured Alice of arthritis with pokeweed berries. Gladys could not thank him enough for his mugwort smudge sticks - she could both breathe freely and sleep soundly again. Frankie eventually found himself writing a weekly column for the local paper, then leading foraging walks in the local parks, and finally getting himself a great gig writing articles about the healing powers of plants. Money started flowing in again. His notoriety grew again. Janice's last words to him, "never forget that first call Frankie....", faded to quiet background noise.

Until he found himself back on the air. Jonny delivered his opening like the pro he was, but held his breath as he waited for that first caller.

"Hi! I love your work!"

It wasn't Janice! Relief! Jonny's answer flowed confidently and the first call went brilliantly. But before the second caller had a chance to speak, JonnyFrank experienced another panic attack, this time worse than the last.

"Oh my gosh oh my gosh I can't believe I got through!"

Not Janice. Jonny's fright level went up yet another notch at the end of that call.

Caller number three hesitated to speak. Certain that this caller would have Janice's shrill and nasal voice, Jonny Frank nearly passed out from fright.

Not Janice.

Caller number four...

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Thank you so much for reading my story!

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Hey @owasco

Wow. Great job. Very intense writing.

Thanks for sharing.

Gaz

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Why thank you! So glad you stopped in!

At this rate poor Johnny'll be dead by caller number 10. Love your work!

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Thank you! I'm so happy you got the horror of it all for him.
It takes me two days to write a story like this, so I really appreciate your support!!!!!

Wow! That was amazing! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!

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oh! You know, I had so much trouble with this. It took the better part of two days to turn it into a story that the reader could follow and wasn't boring or predictable. Thanks so much for that comment!!!

This is great writing @owasco. Johnny will not survive another call. 😆

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Thanks! I thought I commented on this earlier but now I don't see the comment here. That's been happening a lot. Hm.
Anyway, yeah, he'll never get off his lawn mower agains.

Haha entertaining story! I can feel the nerves of Johnny.

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And caller number four whispered in a harsh tone, "have you checked the children yet?"

Omg caller number 4!! Where can I read next?!
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That story is over man. 500 word limit. But thanks for wanting more.
Come write with us! It's super fun and two people win 5sbi each! right now your chances of winning are 67%!

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I have never really wrote this type of story before... yours is very nice! I will try! Merci!

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Any type of story goes. If you want to start with something else, check out @mariannewest's daily freewrite prompt. Today's is https://steempeak.com/freewrite/@mariannewest/day-749-5-minute-freewrite-friday-prompt-nail-biting. Really nice community, @freewritehouse. Marianne is our chief.

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Thank you so much for the support! WeWrite is fun indeed 👍🏽👍🏽

Hahah... he is gonna have a heart attack! Love this. I must participate in the writing challenges again, when I get head around how they work and have some time to find the muse.

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Oh I hope you do. I am totally into it. But I see what you do and you do not have time to write.
Here's an innovation of one of my favorite sayings of all time - Do it for ten minutes everyday. If you don't have ten minutes, do it for an hour
Your muse won't come back until you invite it in.
Thanks for stopping by!

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It came to me yesterday, briefly, when I had a little found space to listen. What a joy it was!

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Thank you so much! I worked really hard on this one, and it's lovely to have your support.


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Thank you!

A great, suspense-filled story! I was almost sure Janice would be that first caller. :)

Jonny could only find respite from her piercing voice in the seat of a powerful and very loud lawnmower.

Ahahah... As usual, loved your sense of humor and a free-flowing style.

Wow, how did I miss this one 3 weeks ago???

I love it!

I love flipping a trope to where the woman is the stalker, the man the one being stalked. And your wit, your humor, your crazy details that sound suspiciouslya authentic - how do you pull it off?? I love everything you write. This dj and herbal medicine folk-healer who lives in fear of that caller is awesome. I want more stories with him! Thanks for this one. (Know anyone like him to send my way with his herbal wisdom? Or wait... that would be YOU! Better catch up on your brussel sprouts recipe!)

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Remember not long ago when I told you I'd never worked on a story, other than to clean up freewrites? I think this was the first one I did re-work and re-work until it was good. It took me two days to write. I gained a lot of respect for polished fiction writers. A short story is not an easy thing to do, at least not for me. I'm really happy with it, thanks for your glowing words. But I think the story is finished. He is in an endless living nightmare, and will either have to quit the job and go back to riding a lawn mower, or live in terror every working moment on air. Fini.

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the story is finished - yes, it is complete as is, it is polished and perfect. It's just that I love this character. He must have other stories to tell. Maybe from the POV of a neighbor whose lawn man recommended some herbal remedy that rocked her world. I love this guy!!!!

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I think he's been in my stories before, now that you've got me thinking about it. He's was in a war with a neighbor, then made amends when the neighbor came into his house and had a cup of nettle tea for his hemorroids. That's not spelled right. Hemmoroids? Hemmorroids? Blech I am not looking that up. Hemorrhoids? lol.

Anyway, I think I have a few freewrites that he is in! Maybe I can put them together and get somewhere. I've lost my will to write every day (thanks HF21) though.

Thank you!!!!!

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The Nettle Tea Neighbor!
Yes!!!
I found the same character (a German of WWII era) turning up in my freewrites, and some famous debut author found this too, Svetlana? no... I blogged about this, I think... she had about a thousand short stories that she condensed into one novel. The same character kept showing up so the author corraled her....

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While Maria Kuznetsova was in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she was working on "a big, fat comic novel. It was kind of creepy and had 10 points of view,” she said over coffee in Iowa City. Meanwhile, she’d been working on and off on what she describes as a “side project.” She found herself with a series of vignettes, some dating back years and some composed in Iowa City. They featured a variety of protagonists. One day, walking home from her job at the University of Iowa Press, she had an epiphany while crossing the Iowa River.

“Nothing was gained in not having them be the same character,” she realized.

That character, Oksana, narrates her life in Kuznetsova’s debut novel, “Oksana, Behave!”
See more here: Author Interview with Rob Cline

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I'm sure I blogged about this...somewhere!....@owasco, @kaelci, the poignant blended with dark humor reminds me of you:

“Oksana, Behave!” is often quite humorous, but the novel is also filled with sadness and struggle. Kuznetsova strikes the balance masterfully, in large part because she is committed to ensuring the jokes in the narrative are never just jokes.
“The humor has to be doing the heavy lifting of the serious stuff, too,” she said.

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Why thank you so much! I'm so proud of this one, it's lovely to get so many folks reading it.xo

@owasco - Poor Jonny - he better go back to writing his blogs and healing his neighbors, this definitely isn't good for his heart and it sounds like he's already been through enough!

Very intense, @owasco! You did an amazing job of building suspense!

Good side story 😊😊

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Whoa the story kept me on the edge. Next next! 👏👏👏

Ooo.. This is so creepy.
I could feel my hair on my arms standing out

Too funny @owasco, great continuation we-writes. 💕 Loved it.

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Ah! That photo that you used fits this cliffhanger story so well my friend.
A great effort and congrats to you!
Blessings!

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lol you're the first to have anything to say about the photo. I thought it was perfect too. Thanks for stopping in!

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Thank you, it was indeed a perfect choice!
Blessings!

lol

I loved this right from the first paragraph. I can't wait until he finally takes Janice's call.

Nice continuation of the prompt.

Cute

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Thank you! Hey @shuvo35, I am part of PHC so you can use your support of me as one of your daily three. I don't think you have been doing that. Maybe you have been and I just don't understand how the new channels work.

Haha! Jonny needs to take some herbals for tranquility! I was getting really nervous myself reading this! Great job owasco.

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Cool! Great comment. Thanks. You've been on an owasco binge tonight. I appreciate it!

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You're such a good writer owasco, this platform is a perfect fit for you! People are talking about joining communities when they get all that figured out, do you have any niches that you plan on being part of? Like a writers community? Freewrite will probably be a big one.

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@freewritehouse has been a HUGE help and source of support to me from the beginning. I feel so lucky I came across them. I also love @bananafish. I'm very new to creative writing other than poetry. Thanks for the compliment!

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It's wonderful to find a niche and great people right off the bat! I haven't heard of bananafish but that's a great username! I'll try to remember to visit them.