Picture it and Write: Witness

by joetwo

Hi there! This is my offering for this week’s picture it and write from Ermilia’s blog here. Once again; the picture is not mine, it is my TaniaLosada, I only use it for inspiration. Anyway; enjoy!


There have been reports over the centuries of a presence of a ghost in the East wing if the castle. Investigators have determined that it is the tortured soul linked to the assassination of King Edvard the 6th in 1044.

The king was a popular ruler, by all means a moderate and not prone to extreme cruelty. His major flaw however was he was somewhat trusting and as a result was unable to fathom that people in the palace court were in anyway indisposed to him. His naivety extended to walking around the castle without a single bodyguard and it was on one such excursion that he met the then Duke of Colchester, the future John the fourth, with five very heavily armed retainers. The poor king did not stand a chance.

Most of the details about how the king met his fate did not make it into history, Colchester made sure that the official narrative did not include much more than the king dying from “Natural Causes” however there was a report of a death-bed confession from one of the henchmen that there was another person present at the king’s death.

He said it was just a boy, a young page who unluckily found himself at the other end of the corridor when Colchester made his move. The duke was paranoid and would not tolerate anyone, no matter how insignificant, knowing the truth. While the king’s body was left for all to see. That poor boy was left for dead in a place that “Satan himself would not dare go to find him”

It is this boy; this poor unfortunate who is the ghost in the castle. Forever stuck in the place where his fate was sealed, an eternal reminder of the horrible deeds done by those in power and that common folk, no matter how innocent, are nothing but pawns in the game of nobles and kings.