Hello readers, and welcome to the penultimate evening in our 31 Scary Story Nights series. Only one story left after tonight, which makes me a little sad. Fortunately, tonight’s story is a good one! It’s called No Future, and it’s a classic urban legend with a even more classic twist!
All right, let’s dim those lights and take a trip to the local psychic’s shop to have our fortune told…
***Writer’s Note: We here at iHorror are big proponents of responsible parenting. Some of the stories in this series may be too much for your little ones. Please read ahead and decide if your kids can handle this story! If not, find another story for tonight or simply come back to see us tomorrow. In other words, don’t blame me for your kids nightmares!***
No Future as retold by Waylon Jordan
Kathryn did NOT believe in psychics, thank you very much. But…things had not been going well. Her boyfriend had left her. She’d lost her job, and at this point, what could it hurt to just visit Madame Rosa’s salon and see what the woman had to say. Her friend Sarah had gone on and on about how accurate Rosa was.
She parked across the street from the little storefront that was Madame Rosa’s Psychic Salon and made her way quickly over so that no one she knew would see her going inside.
Kathryn stared around at the strange objects on the shelves and counters inside Madame Rosa’s. Crystal balls, tarot cards, little statues of fairies and elves. There seemed to be something in every corner to catch the eye.
“Welcome,” a sultry whiskey voice sounded behind her.
Kathryn turned quickly to find Madame Rosa sitting at a small table in the corner. A small blue crystal ball glowed in front of her, casting the psychic in a softly dramatic glow.
She’s certainly got her act down, Kathryn thought, though she was a bit unnerved by the woman’s sudden appearance.
“Hello…I…my name is Kathryn and I’d like to have my fortune told.”
Madame Rosa smiled and motioned for the chair on the other side of the table. Kathryn slowly made her way over and sat down.
“Things haven’t been going so well, lately,” she began. “Nothing seems to be going my way.”
“Well,” replied the psychic, “everyone has a rough patch from time to time, but let us see what the future holds. Give me your hands.”
Feeling more than a little foolish, Kathryn extended her arms across the table and laid her hands, palms up, in Madame Rosa’s.
The psychic stared at her palms for a long time, turning Kathryn’s hands this way and that. Shaking her head, she dropped Kathryn’s hands to the table.
“I’m sorry. There is no charge, but I cannot tell your future.”
“What?! Why not?” Kathryn demanded.
“I simply cannot. Please, you must leave here, now!”
“Look, lady, I came here to have my fortune told and that’s exactly what you’re going to do!”
“I cannot!” Madam Rosa stood so fast that her chair turned over. “This is my establishment and I do not have to do anything I do not want to here.”
Kathryn continued to badger the woman, demanding that she be told what the woman saw. If she hadn’t been so angry, she would have realized just how scared she was in that moment. Finally, Madame Rosa snatched up a sheet of paper and scribbled on it.
“There! That is what I saw. But promise me, give me your oath that you will not read it until you are inside your own home.”
Kathryn took the paper and shoved it into her pocket. “Fine, you have my word,” and she stormed out the front door of the salon.
Deep in thought over what could be written on that paper and still furious with the woman for putting up such a front, Kathryn wasn’t paying attention. She stepped from the curb and was hit by a bus, dying instantly.
The police soon arrived on the scene and began their investigation. While they were searching for identification, they found a sheet of paper in Kathryn’s pocket but the words scrawled across it puzzled them. Was it a threat? A suicide note? What else could “You have no future” mean?
Creepy, right? I love that story! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. Don’t forget to join us tomorrow night as 31 Scary Story Nights comes to its conclusion!
Featured image from Sedona Wellness