The Wedding Guest is a story written by iwasdeadbeforeidied13. It’s about a young woman who isn’t ready for motherhood and does a terrible thing to her baby that will return to haunt her years later.
There was a girl named Claudia Harper who got pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy. She was very young and wasn’t ready to be a mother. She tried to care for the child as best she could, but one day the stress got the better of her. The baby wouldn’t stop crying and, in a fit of insane fury, she strangled the child until it stopped breathing.
Horrified by what she had done, the girl flew into a panic. She carried her baby’s body to the moor and buried him in the soft ground. Then, she told her parents the baby had been kidnaped. They called the police who searched the area, but never managed to find any trace of the child.
Five years later, the girl was pregnant again. She had another child, a little baby girl named Emily. This time, she was more prepared for motherhood. She raised the little girl and cared for her, but she never told the child what she had done to her older brother.
Emily grew up to be a very pretty and well-mannered young woman. She met a handsome young man named Harvey Jennings and the couple fell in love. So, it was no surprise when, at just 20 years old, Emily was going to be walked down the aisle.
“Isn’t this wonderful?” cried her best friend Sophie who was also her maid of honor. “Now you’re Miss Harper. But in a few minutes you’ll be Mrs Jennings.”
Emily nodded. “I just wish my dad was here to give me away. Say Sophie did you see that guy? The young one in the waistcoat. Do you know who he is?”
Sophie shook her head. “No, why?”
“There’s something odd about him,” replied Emily.
Meanwhile the groom was talking to his brother in another room.
“Isn’t this great?” said Harvey with a smile on his face.
“You are so lucky man,” replied his brother. “I’ve been single for 15 years now. I can’t seem to find the right girl and here you are, getting married already.”
Harvey Jennings grinned. “You’ll find the right one some day. Don’t worry about it. By the way, I was wondering if you know who that guy I saw outside was. The really pale dude.”
His brother shrugged. “Dunno man. I’ve only met Emily’s mother and stepfather.”
Harvey nodded and pushed all thoughts of the stranger out of his head. He didn’t know why he’d asked. He didn’t know many of his new bride’s friends and family anyway.
The wedding went smoothly and everyone was excited about the reception. The bride and groom tried to speak to the strange guest but whenever they went looking for him, it was as if he had disappeared without a trace. Eventually Emily went to sit with her mother.
“This is one of the happiest days of my life,” she sighed.
“Really?” asked her mother. “So what are the others?”
“All the days before dad got ill,” replied Emily. “The day I met Harvey.”
Her mother smiled and walked away. Emily turned to find herself face to face with the mystery guest. He was even more strange close up. With dark brown hair and skin so pale it looked almost transparent. There was also an awful stench and his teeth were yellow.
She forced a smile and introduced herself. “Hello, I’m Emily. I’m sorry but I don’t know your name.”
The young man didn’t look much older than Emily herself. He stared into her eyes.
“Didn’t Mother tell you?” he hissed. “Didn’t she tell you about your big brother? Or did mummy dearest feel too guilty? Did mummy not want to talk about her little boy?”
Then he turned to face Emily’s mother. People were staring in their direction.
“Don’t you recognise me, Mummy? Don’t you recognise your little boy? The one you strangled. The one you buried on the moor. Don’t you recognise me? Because I recognise you.”
He shook his head and maggots fell out of his hair. The stench of death and decay was unbearable.
“You’re a bad mother and you should be punished,” the young man said as he pulled a rusty blade from his waistcoat pocket. Before anyone could stop him, he slashed Emily’s mother across the neck.
“I’ll look after you, Little sister,” he shouted. “If anyone hurts you. If you scream I’ll come.”
One of the guests lunged towards him but the strange young suddenly disappeared into thin air.
Emily’s mother didn’t die straight away. But before she died, she admitted to killing her son all those years ago and told them where she’d buried the body. When the police dug up the corpse, it had been reduced to a skeleton.
Emily insisted on giving her dead brother a proper Christian funeral. It was a small affair. Just Emily, Harvey and his brother were in attendance. The ghost of her brother was finally laid to rest.