Castle Ruins

By, Nan Claire Falkner

No matter how much bleach and disinfectant they lathered on the sanatorium, people still fell ill to a dreaded disease that had haunted the hospital and sent many unsuspected patients to an early grave.

“Think before you drink” the doctor had said over and over again to Mailee – “Will he ever stop?”

“I hate this place!” she screamed to the mirror.

She proved her madness by pulling her robe tight and snuck downstairs to find elderberry wine in the library and matches on the desk.

After being torched, the disease was eradicated.  Two days later she died of severe burns.


31 thoughts on “Castle Ruins

    • I remember stories in history about burning for eradication of disease. Especially I am happy about Alexander Fleming of London making penicillin as it saved my grandmothers life! Thus – here I am! Thanks!

  1. Actually, you are more likely to get sick during a hospital stay than by being anyplace else. Of course we can’t burn all the hospitals down.

  2. Your story reminds me a bit of that mad wife burning the mansion down in —was it Jane Eyre?
    Yes madness indeed and short-sighted as madness usually is. Smallpox was a widespread plague. You can’t save the world by burning down one place. Or was it supposed to be only those who worked here who got it?

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