The Remodel: NPR’s Three-Minute Fiction Contest

For Round Five of its Three-Minute Fiction Contest, NPR asked listeners to send original works of fiction that began with the line, “Some people swore that the house was haunted,” and ended with the line, “Nothing was ever the same again after that.”

An old empty room.
Here is one of the favorite submissions

The Remodel

By Larry Herbst

Some people swore that the house was haunted. Me, I’ve seen everything. Toilets installed in living rooms, balconies you have to climb out the window to reach, even a moat with a drawbridge to the carport — must have cost the idiot 50 grand. Haunting, now that doesn’t scare me. I can retrofit anything.

I low-balled and picked up the place for $14,000 under market. I was glad the dead owner’s story had been played up well in the disclosure documents. You make your money when you buy, and this one was going to pay for a year of private school, once I gave it a makeover.

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(Note: The competition is now closed. The winner will be announced in a few weeks.)