I was left alone in the darkness. Cold and exhausted I made no effort to move. If Luca materialized again I was done for! The moon had been hiding behind the clouds, but now appeared and cast a dim silvery glow on the earth. I looked around me, but there was nothing to see, no burning trees, no charred remains, nothing.
Was it a dream, a nightmare?
With the little strength I had left, I pushed myself up off the ground and onto my feet.
Something dug into the heel of my hand. I couldn’t really see what it was, but picked it up anyway. A small round shiny object glimmered in the moonlight. I smiled as shook it back and forth. It was a gypsy bell, the sort Mala wore on her skirt.
Headlights rounded the corner ahead of me. Dare I stand in the road and flag the car down? I had no idea where I was. Unable to make a decision, I watched it pass me by, tail lights disappearing in the distance.
Damn, where am I? I should have flagged it down.
Walking along the dark country road, I felt alone, but no longer afraid. Looking up at the stars I wondered what really happened after death. Were Mala and her love together now, forever? I’d never know, well maybe one day I would, but hopefully not for a long time.
Another car approached. It pulled up next to me.
“Hey there, are you alright, what are you doing in the middle of nowhere? Did your car break down?”
Bending down I peered through the open window and saw Liz, the landlady of the village pub in Brompton.
“Hey Liz, no I haven’t broken down, but I’d love a life home.”
“Oh, its you, what the heck are you doing out here? Jump in.”
I sat in the passenger seat of her sporty little MG. Before she pulled away she looked across at me.
“You look awful! Are you sure everything is OK?”
I started to laugh uncontrollably before tears gushed down my face.
“Oh no! It’s not that bloody dead guy again is it? The one you managed to pick up in my pub?”
I pulled myself together.
“No, he doesn’t bother me anymore. I managed to attract a gypsy this time. Actually, three of them, but it’s all over with now. All sorted.”
“I hope you’re right,” Liz said as she pulled away, “but I have a feeling these little adventures are going to be with you your whole life. How old are you?”
“Bloody hell, and how many dead people have you attracted, how many spirits have you sent on their way?”
I thought about it for a while before answering.
“Only two Liz, a couple are still hanging around, but they’re good company.”
If you want to read more about this budding ‘Ghost Whisperer’s’ adventures, keep following my blog. Dead of July, my first book, is currently available on Amazon for $0.99. I’m also working on two more short stories, which are both set in the North of England. One in Blackpool and the other in Brompton on Swale. Brompton is a small sleepy village in North Yorkshire. It’s the village where I spent most of my childhood. Writing is my passion and one day may become my retirement career. Everyone has to start somewhere.
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