Posted on February 21, 2011 12:37 pm under Microfiction
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Susan at Stony River supplied a photo of the historic Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum for this week’s microfiction challenge. Described as “a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the mid 1800’s”, the building is filled with history and legends. Click on the photo to learn more about it.

I tried to find an upbeat story, but couldn’t get past the hauntings.

Years before, the doors were locked and that window was her light at the end of the tunnel. If only it had been on the ground floor.


Microfiction Monday offers a new image each week and a challenge to write a story of 140 characters or less. Click on the image to see other entries. Why not try your own?

13 Responses to “Escape”

  1. Peggy Says:


    Good one and fits the picture.
    I can see her thoughts!
    She’ll make it.
    Have a wonderful rest of your week.

  2. Polly (aka 5th Sister) Says:

    HA. Perfect for the prompt. And THAT must be why the place is haunted.

  3. Bill Says:

    Poor Dear, Hopefully someone has put a ladder up to the window for her.

  4. jabblog uk Says:

    Ooh, shivery! How terrifying it must have been to be locked away as insane for minor offences, like being pregnant out of wedlock or for being slow to learn. Horrors!

  5. Anthony North Says:

    An excellent last line to this. Scary.

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  7. Jim Says:

    Oh Golly, just when we thought things were going to work out the author pulls a dirty punch! Wonderful micro story, GMa. :)

  8. June Freaking Cleaver Says:

    Love the twist at the end, Grandma!

  9. Anyes Says:

    The light is there all right, but the tunnel is sooooo long!

  10. Susan Says:

    Then escape would have been possible… A sad take on such a sad picture!

  11. Donna B. Says:

    Grandma…this was excellent! Perfect MM for the picture. I am so intrigued when a few words can entice me into wanting to know more… Great job!

  12. Michael G-G Says:

    I love it! (I also couldn’t find my usual upbeat voice.)

    Thanks for the comment on mine. Hope your week is going well.

  13. Sylvia Morice Says:

    The first floor would have been perfect….instead, I imagine it was likely on the 16th floor! Not so perfect! Great micro fiction this week. Cheers~