Despite playing a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, I’ve kept myself focused on my writing. When I pulled the genre poll for March, I was happy that my patrons wanted to see another Ghost Story. While I enjoy the formula I’ve found with Journey of Thanks, I wanted to try something a little different. So, I sat down in front of my computer and stared at my collection of screens. Unfortunately, for a while, I couldn’t think of a potential storyline to explore. But as my mind went blank, I started skimming through various streaming services and the nascent idea for this ghost story burst into existence.
While my typical formula my ghost stories find the ethereal character has limited to no contact with the world of the living, that was the first thing to change. My new ghost is a former ghost that can interact with his former partner.
So, grab a chair and get cozy while you follow Marcus’s attempt to interact with his partner.
Unable to interact with anyone other than his former partner, Benjamin continues to follow Marcus as he seeks to discover the truth…
“Marcus, why won’t you help me figure out who killed me?!”
As the slender man’s coat flickered in the wind, his fingers wrapped around the brim of his hat. With his chest heaving, he pulled it down, stifling a growl. Glancing over his shoulder, Marcus scowled as the crowd parted and flowed past him. When a gap in the procession came, Marcus glided through the throng and ducked into the first alley. Marcus tipped the hat up and glowered at the hovering green ghost. “Why are you bothering me?”
“Haven’t I answered that multiple times?” The shade asked as it whirled over Marcus’s head and pulsed with a brilliant emerald glow.
“Scratch that.” The detective released his grasp as his hands whipped through the specter. “The better question is, how are you bugging me?! You’re dead!”
The pulsing, verdant light fluttered in the breeze like a flag as Marcus drummed his fingers against the rough brick. “Marcus, can’t you accept that I’m able to interact with you?”
“Ghosts don’t exist, Benjamin!”
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