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UKArchive ID: 11004KEITH BARTLET'S GHOST by chrisk
Originally published on March 7, 2005 in Fiction

Keith Bartlet who lived a few streets away from me, died on the 13th November 2004. The real cause of his death is not known.





KEITH BARTLET’S GHOST

By C R Krishnan





Keith Bartlet’s ghost came to me on the night of Christmas 2004, and nudged me awake from my drunken sleep.



‘Hey Chrissie boy, you are not dreaming. It is really me’

‘Nah, Keith mate I am dreaming coz I know you are dead. Remember I attended your funeral.’

‘True Chrissie, true, but touch me and you will know what I mean’

I touched him and my fingers went straight through his body. It was cold, freezing.

‘Chris mate, better take your fingers out or you get frost bite, okay?

Now that I have established the fact that I am a ghost, listen to me, as I need your help.’



I never cared for the fellow when he was alive. He was one of those people devoid of human warmth and only talked to you if he wanted something. Borrow a few pounds for his Cider (White lightning 2 litre at £1.99) or tobacco for his roll ups. I never got the money back. It never stopped him asking again and again. So why the hell should I care for him now.

‘Chrissie baby, I know what you are thinking, remember I am a ghost. I can hear you thinking.’

Now I have a problem. There he is sitting on my bed and I am afraid he is going to wake my wife up.

‘Okay Keith’s ghost, what can I do for you?’

‘Hey Christopher, don’t try and be smart, just make it Keith’

‘Sorry.’

‘You see Chrissie (he always called be Chrissie, especially if he is after something) I am in between two worlds, heaven and hell. And since I am dead I am supposed be one or the other of these places.’

‘So Keith, what’s your problem? Why are you stuck here?’



He explained to me that his death was not natural because he was strangled while unconscious. He was dying anyway but his wife nagged her lover to finish him off quickly as he was taking a long time to say bye, bye. The hospital was doing everything to keep him alive and he could have lived, say another week and gone to heaven. He also reminded me about the old adage about if you don’t die a natural death you‘ve had it. You become a ghost and you are stuck here on earth. He said the only way he can get out of here is if the murderers are caught and punished or if they are dead.

‘But Keith, how the hell can I help you?’

"Hey Chrissie don’t mention the word 'hell'. My destination is heaven mate."

My wife moved in her sleep and if this conversation is not ended soon I am going to be in deep shit.

‘For God’s sake Keith, tell me what you want me to do.’

‘You got to exhume me.’

‘You are kidding me.’

‘Does it sound like I am kidding? Look at me.’

In the semi darkness all I could see was his eye sockets, dark with no eyes in them. A cold shiver went through my bones.



‘How the hell can I exhume you? I can’t go to the cemetery and just dig you up.You are crazy, mate. Besides I don’t know the exact spot where you are buried.’

‘No Chrissie, what I mean is you have to get the police involved and they will dig me up for an autopsy and all that shit they do when they want to find out about the true cause of any deaths.’



In the next few days I wrote at least a dozen anonymous letters and no one took any notice.

Many days passed. Nothing happened. Keith did not appear again either, ever.



Then I met an old friend who knew the couple; you know Keith’s wife and the lover. Apparently they had disappeared in that Tsunami in Sri Lanka on Boxing Day 2004. Their bodies have never been found.










© chrisk (chrisk on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 11004
Archived comments for KEITH BARTLET'S GHOST
Jen_Christabel on 2005-03-07 09:25:42
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Good read :o) - not factual is it ? LOL
JayCee

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chrisk on 2005-03-07 09:28:20
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JayCee
Aha! At least it made you wonder eh, jayCee? Lol.
Thank you.
Chris

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Emerald on 2005-03-07 10:18:23
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At least that got you off the hook! Enjoyed the story -

Emma:-)

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chrisk on 2005-03-07 10:22:17
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Hi Emma
Right. At last I can sleep in peace now, lol.
Many thanksfor the 9.
Chrisk

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AnthonyEvans on 2005-03-08 11:42:33
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dear chrisk, i was just getting into this (it flows very well) when suddenly it stopped. i think you could extend this story, make it more plot-driven. best wishes, anthony.

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shadow on 2005-03-08 13:43:38
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I agree with Anthony on this one. It starts very well, gets you interested - but the abrupt ending leaves you frustrated - it's too convenient.

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OolonColoophid on 2005-03-08 14:26:43
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Hi Chris

This has to be one the first fictional reactions to the Tsynami (or at least, the first piece that's mentioned it) that I've read. Some very nice touches: I liked the part when the ghost leans forward and the main character sees he has no eyes. Overall, a nice little story.

Cheers

Ian

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chrisk on 2005-03-08 14:34:43
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Anthony
You guys are demanding, you want my blood! Lol. Don't you see I am a lazy bugger? I am impatient thats why I can't write 'long' short stories. When they died, it ended.The ghost never came back. Okay, I will try and do some more editing and extend the story for the book.
Are you happy now Anthony mate?
Kind regards
Chris

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chrisk on 2005-03-08 14:37:19
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Moya
Can u kindly read my reply to Anthony's comments and that encapsulates my answer to your kind comments. I know its too convinient for me, Lol. I am lazy Moya.
Kind regards
Chris

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chrisk on 2005-03-08 14:40:23
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Ian
Thank you very much for your kind comments. Actually it game a slight shiver when I was writing that part about the eyes. I must be one of the very few authors who are freightened of his own characters!
Regards
Chris

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chrisk on 2005-03-09 09:45:52
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not 'game' should read 'gave me'.
Sorry
C

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thehaven on 2005-03-11 00:30:46
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Now all three are wherever spirits end up no doubt getting there revenge for wrondoings

Just one small crit.As there are just the 2 main characters I don't thinks its nesscesary to repeat the names more than ,say,twice at the most.

Enjoyable read.

Mike

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