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There's no Place Like Gnome



The Jones family was used to moving around, and they had seen many different houses in their time, but they were not prepared for what they were about to experience in their new home. They had heard tales of haunted houses before, but nothing could have prepared them for what they encountered when they stepped into the foyer. Despite the grandeur of the house, there was an eerie feeling that lingered in the air. Even their pet dog seemed to sense something was off as he whimpered and cowered behind them. As they explored the upper floors, they heard strange noises coming from every corner and a chill ran down their spines. It was clear that there were some supernatural forces at play in this house.


It started the night they moved in. Amidst the hustle and bustle of their belongings coming in and out, the family heard a noise in one of the back rooms. Mrs. Jones suggested they leave it be and get settled in the house, but her husband, Mr. Jones, hesitantly agreed to investigate the noise. So, Mr. Jones cautiously opened the door to the back room and stepped inside. What he saw was rather unexpected. Instead of an intruder or a wild animal, there was a small fairy child, no bigger than a finger, sitting on the window sill. She was singing a song in a language that nobody had ever heard before. Mr. Jones quickly jumped back in surprise, knocking over an old vase in the process!



Mr. Jones came out with an ashen-white face. Mrs. Jones rushed in to see what all the commotion was about and couldn't help but laugh at the sight of her husband's shock. He explained to his wife that he saw something that made him tremble. Mrs. Jones, ever the optimist, decided to take the situation in her own hands and took a peek out the window to see what Mr. Jones had seen. To her surprise, there was nothing there but a few birds chirping away in the trees. She turned to her husband and said, "It seems that our little feathered friends here are the ones who scared you so much.” Mr. Jones couldn't help but laugh at himself for being so easily startled and thanked his wife for her quick thinking. Mrs. Jones, though believing her husband’s version of the events, did not want to frighten her children, did not tell them what he had seen, but rather said that nothing was there.


Over the next few days, the noises began again in the middle of the night. It was as if something was banging against the walls, but the family could never find the source. The children were terrified, and Mrs. Jones and Mr. Jones tried to reassure them that there was nothing to worry about. But soon, the banging started to get louder, and the family felt like they were being watched. One night, Mrs. Jones heard someone whisper her name from the other side of the wall and she nearly fainted. The family was determined to get to the bottom of this strange phenomenon. Mr. Jones decided to stay up late one night in order to catch the mysterious intruder in the act. He armed himself with a flashlight and a bat, and waited patiently in the darkness. Little did he know that what he would find would be far stranger than he ever imagined - a tiny gnome was responsible for all the banging and whispering!



The family did not know what to do, so they sought help. An old lady from the town suggested that their house might be haunted by elementals. She told them that the only way to get rid of it was to have a ritual to exorcise them, or they could choose to live peacefully with the elemental spirits. The family thought it was a ridiculous suggestion. They had never even heard of elementals, let alone believed in them. But after some deliberation, the family decided to go ahead with the ritual, if only to please the old lady. With a skeptical eye, they gathered all the ingredients she suggested and began preparing for the ceremony. Little did they know that this would be the start of an extraordinary journey!


The family gathered at the appointed time and place, unsure of what to expect. They were nervous yet hopeful that this ritual would truly rid their home of the strange entities. As the ritual began, they could feel a curious energy in the air. The old lady instructed them to focus their thoughts and visualize the elementals leaving the house. Suddenly, a gust of wind blew through the room as if a great invisible force was passing through them. When it was all over, the family felt an immense sense of relief and joy – they were finally free from the presence of these mysterious forces! Or so they thought!


The family was elated, but their joy was short-lived. They heard a loud thud from upstairs as they gathered their things to leave. They looked at each other with apprehension and quickly ran up the stairs to investigate. To their surprise, they found a small, mischievous imp on the floor, looking up at them with a cheeky grin. It seemed the ritual had only partially succeeded - there was still one pesky spirit left in the house!



The family stood there, not sure how to handle the situation. After a few moments of uncomfortable silence, the imp suddenly spoke up. "Well, this is awkward! I'm sure you weren't expecting me," it said with a smirk. The family exchanged glances, unsure of what to do next. Little did they know that this imp wasn't just any spirit - it was a being with magical powers!


The family was quite taken aback by this sudden revelation, but the imp seemed unfazed. It tilted its head to one side, its eyes twinkling with mischief as it said, "I'm sure you've got plenty of questions! You can ask me anything you'd like - I'm happy to help!" The family looked at each other in disbelief, but it seemed that there was no turning back now. With a sigh, one of them stepped forward and said, "We never expected this, but we'll figure something out." They realized at this moment that they had moved into a magical home full of extraordinary beings, and in the end, either they had to live peacefully with them or move! You see, the Jones family were the intruders, and all the thumps and bumps were the elementals trying to exorcise them.

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Santa George
Santa George
Aug 30, 2023

Cool Story, Though if I was in that situation, Ida let em stay


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