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A ghost who lives in your house but all they do is rearrange your fridge magnets to spell out self care and helpful messages

You go downstairs in the morning, reach to open the door and pull out some juice

DONT FORGET YOU HAVE A DOCTOR APPOINTMENT AT 2 say the fridge magnets

Then they wiggle and slide around

ALSO YOURE ALMOST OUT OF ICE CREAM YOU SHOULD PICK UP SOME TODAY

Next morning

YOU WERE SLEEPING POORLY SO I TURNED DOWN THE TEMPERATURE SOME

ALSO I STARTED YOUR COFFEE

Afternoon trip to the fridge

DONT FORGET TO HAVE SOME WATER TODAY

AND DONT WORK SO LATE THIS EVENING

After a Tinder date leaves

I DONT LIKE HIM HE KEPT INTERRUPTING YOU

ALSO WHEN YOU WERE OUT OF THE ROOM HE MADE A MEAN FACE AT THE CAT

Oh no this last one was basically that one scene from Beyond Two Souls never mind this idea sucks

After a stressful several days in politics the ghost leaves

I AM GOING TO DELETE TWITTER OFF YOUR PHONE SOON IT'S MAKING YOU SAD

HERE

I LOADED UP A CARTOON ON NETFLIX AND BROUGHT DOWN THE FUZZY BLANKET FROM UPSTAIRS

SORRY I SCARED YOU WITH THE LOUD THUMP YESTERDAY I WAS TRYING TO ALPHABETIZE YOUR BOOKS AND DROPPED ONE

One morning the fridge just says
HEY

then the letters move slowly, hesitantly

I SAW YOU LOOKING AT DRESSES ONLINE AND CRYING LAST NIGHT

another slow rearrangement

I THINK YOU WOULD BE PRETTY IN THE BLUE ONE

ITS OKAY

When the dress arrives you panic and leave it in the package for several days.

Eventually the package is moved to the top of your dresser, still sealed.

THE CAT WAS CHEWING ON IT says the fridge

TAKE YOUR TIME

The night you eventually try it on, you only manage to look in the mirror for maybe 30 seconds before sobbing and pulling the dress off, throwing it deep into a closet. You don't look at the fridge. You go straight to bed.

The next morning the dress is on a hangar in the closet, smoothed out. It isn't prominent, just cared for.

I THOUGHT YOU LOOKED NICE

IM SORRY IT HURTS

A couple days of moping and anxiety later

I NOTICED YOU HAVENT SEEN YOUR THERAPIST LATELY

MAYBE THAT WOULD HELP?

Your therapist books you for a couple weeks out. You're angry a lot. You throw the fridge magnets in a box. You want to be left alone.

You don't hear from the ghost.

The therapist appointment helps. You don't solve anything but it gives you a place to cry and be listened to.

You put the magnets up before bed.

The next morning they say IM SORRY I MADE YOU MAD

You lean against the kitchen counter and quietly say you weren't mad at them. Just at the world and at yourself.

WHY

because the world is scary and hard.

WHY YOURSELF

because you want things that are impossible.

the magnets don't move for a moment

NO

no?

NOT IMPOSSIBLE. JUST HARD.

You start to feel angry again. You breathe like your therapist reminded you about.

You change the subject. You ask where the ghost went.

YOU SEEMED TO WANT SPACE

you did. Or, you thought you did. But it ended up just making it hurt more.

I WORRIED IT MIGHT BUT DIDNT WANT TO FORCE IT

thanks, you say.

After a moment you ask WHERE they went

I CANT LEAVE THE HOUSE. I WENT TO THE ATTIC.

the attic?

YOU DONT GO THERE. I DIDNT WANT TO SPY.

...what I do, you ask quietly

I CANT TELL YOU

what would you do, then

I DONT KNOW
ITS NOT THE SAME
IM NOT LIKE YOU

like me how?

ALIVE

but you were once

I GUESS
I DONT REMEMBER

how long have you been here?

DONT KNOW
TIME WORKS WEIRD LIKE THIS

why are you here

RIGHT NOW?
BECAUSE I CARE

I'm scared, you say after a long silence

OF WHAT

that if I change things will be hard

The letters hesitate for a moment. Then they slowly slide into place

IT SEEMS LIKE THINGS ARE ALREADY HARD

you start crying again

YOU KNOW WHAT MAKES ME SAD the fridge spells out once you've finished crying

What? you ask

I DONT KNOW WHO I AM
I DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MYSELF

that is sad, you agree

I FEEL THINGS SOMETIMES BUT IT ISNT THE SAME

the letters start rearranging faster as the ghost keeps needing letters that are already in use

I DONT WANT THINGS
I DONT HAVE A SENSE OF ME
I DONT KNOW WHAT IS LIKE ME OR NOT LIKE ME
I DONT HAVE A STYLE OR A PERSONALITY OR A STORY TO TELL ABOUT MYSELF
IM NOT

the letters stop

..not coherent? you ask quietly

YEAH

you feel a ball of anxiety in your gut. Its been there for months. It feels like it is pulsing there, like a second heartbeat.

You know the feeling, you say quietly

ITS NOT A GOOD FEELING

not, it isn't

A long silence.

I HAVE TO BE THIS WAY
YOU DONT

you don't respond. Tears are threatening again and you can't bring yourself to speak.

Another long silence. You wonder if the ghost has left.

You hear a soft creak upstairs.

A minute later a white hangar with a blue dress floats into the kitchen, hooking onto the door to rest.

The letters rearrange again

YOU DONT HAVE TO BE A GHOST

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@AzureHusky whenever you start learning another language, you buy magnets for the appropriate writing system so the ghost can give you daily vocab quizzes

@minty_da oh gosh!!! This is so good!!!

YOU NEED TO BUY SOME HUEVOS

"...is that.. bread?"

NO THAT IS PAN
YOU NEED EGGS

@AzureHusky that'd make me wind up starting to crush pretty hard on the ghost...

@AzureHusky these always go into gender validation and I'm a huge fan

@UDNTNOME I wasn't even trying to its just inevitably what I end up writing if I write long enough

@AzureHusky To add to the mystery, who was the ghost before they passed on ?

@AzureHusky i might be crying a little bit but the good way

@minty_da I swear to god this is not what I intended when I started but here we are

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@drifa yeah.

I admit this is not at all what I intended when I started this thread. But also holy shit did it line up with the real feelings. I know that ghost feeling so well. It's.. Horrific. I'm so glad to be away from it.

@Nocta the ghost wouldn't actually delete anything off their phone. Just the frustration of a friend watching someone hurt themself.

@AzureHusky I need this ghost in my life.
*goes and gets fridge magnets just because*

@AzureHusky I love all of these so much. Thanks for writing them out

@AzureHusky let's be real though mine would just spell out FART and spend 5 hours laughing about it

@AzureHusky This is such a good and beautiful thread and you are wonderful for making it happen β™₯️ β™₯️ β™₯️

mh, DID 

@AzureHusky This was, strangely, the premise of a children's television programme that aired in 1992 that was very popular in Canada

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostwri

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