Hey, ya’ll! Welcome to Simply Paradise & Haven.
I just wanted to drop in and wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Have a good day, ya’ll!
‘Til Next Time!
Hey, ya’ll! Welcome to Simply Paradise & Haven.
I just wanted to drop in and wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Have a good day, ya’ll!
‘Til Next Time!
Hey, Ya’ll! Welcome to Simply Paradise & Haven.
This’ll be my last in depth post on my 2020 goals. All future posts on my goals will be update posts which I plan to do at least one a month with a quick update. Probably the last Friday of each month.
My challenges goal is simple enough. I’ve found a few personal and a few health challenges on Pinterest. Each month I’m challenging myself to a personal challenge and to a health challenge. By personal, I mean like January was list challenge, I made a list each day of whatever the theme for that day was. It was a bit of a journaling challenge. I’m also doing a self-care challenge, organizing challenge, simplicity challenge, flash fiction challenge, drawing challenge, Inktober challenge. I’m challenging myself to become better, whether it’s better at taking care of myself, better at drawing, better at writing, I’m actively working to better myself. The health challenges tie in with that as well along with my weight goal. There’s a glow up challenge, flexibility, abs, plank, legs, yoga, waist, arms, butt and leg, different abs, spell your name-which that one will kick my butt with how long my name is except I left it to December on purpose, and a general work out challenge. I’ve also chosen a few to be year long-such as the drawing/water color challenge on Doodlewash, 12 month Better You, 12 month Money, 52 weeks of Gratitude. Now, I’m not aiming to hit every single day, that’s just not possible for more than one challenge, 366 days. But rather, I’m aiming for at least 50% each month. I’ll still better myself doing that much.
My movies goal is also simple. It’s also more than just 2020. One movie goal is to see every single Disney movie there is. I have a list of the animated and non-animated I found via Pinterest and a couple of other sites. I can post it here if any of you are interested. But not only are there hundreds of movies but some are really old and will be difficult to find. Fortunately, I own a lot of the animated movies from the ’90s forward. Obviously, I’m not making that one this year so the end date for that one is 2024. Yes, I think it’ll take me 4 years to watch all of them. The other movie goal is to watch the entire Marvel universe, in order. That one I will be doing this year.
My research goal is equally simple. I have a lot of different interests. So every other month, I’ll be picking a few interest to research in depth. January/February is Multiple Personality Disorder/Dissociative Identity Disorder. I’m fascinated with how the mind works. But because my library, despite the multiple branches being connected, doesn’t have a lot of literature on that topic, I’m also researching hoarding. I’m also researching dogs, cats, and other house pets. I’m expanding my knowledge for my career but also looking at breeds and such that I may like to own in the future. If you have any pets, I’d love to hear about them. I’ll be making a Friday Focus post on what I’ve learned through my research each month.
Now, IHC… For those that have been here for a while, you’ll know IHC is Imaginative HandiCrafts. You’ll also know that IHC has been closed since November. It just wasn’t going where I’d hoped it would so I’ve closed it for the time being. However, I have a new name for it as well as a new focus. I’m really happy with where I’m headed with Imaginative HandiCrafts. My goal for 2020 is to reopen IHC under it’s new name and focus-still handmade crafts, make some sales and hopefully participate in a craft/hobby show or two.
I also want to expand Paula’s Pet Paradise into it’s own website. Right now, I’m solely hosted on Rover which is great and has done well. But it’ll be 2 years old this February and it’s time to grow some.
Simply Paradise & Haven will also be going under a few changes and upgrades which I’m really excited about. I’ll be sharing some more about that soon so look out for that.
I’m also going to be expanding my tea/cooking/baking knowledge/repertoire, some of which I’ll be sharing on here with you each month. So look forward to that!
So, those are my goals for 2020. I’ll be keeping you updated on how I’m doing through a focused post each month plus some that simply evolves as I write here about my life and other posts. Please, comment below about any goals you have. I’d love to hear about them and we can be each other’s accountability partners. (How to do that will be included in an future update for Simply Paradise & Haven.)
By the way: What do you think of the new Simply Paradise & Haven logo at the top of the home page? I’d really like your thoughts on it so please comment below, even if it’s just a thumbs up emoji.
‘Til Next time!
Hey, ya’ll! Welcome to SP&H.
I gave an overview of my 2020 goals last week as well as some extra detail on my weight loss goals and skills goals. This week, I want to delve into my goals on writing, books, (and yes, they’re different goals) and my debt/saving.
First, my goals on my writing. As I mentioned, I have several manuscripts that are finished, in varying stages. I have one that is finished, ready to go; five that are finished, just need final editing; five that are in progress-varying stages of progress. A couple are near halfway through, a couple that are just started, and one that was my November NaNoWriMo that is beyond started but not quite halfway. I also have not only old stories that I’m rereading to see if they can be made into novel worthy manuscripts but I have a lot of plot ideas that have had some fleshing out but not necessarily characters and full story lines. I have one that was supposed to be April Camp NaNoWriMo as I wanted to write the sequel to the one that is finished next month. However, that one is nudging me constantly so I think that one is going to be February’s novel while the sequel is going to be April. However, that changes the publishing plan. I can’t exactly put out a book that is the first in a series when I don’t have the second one written yet. So I’m going to finish the last editing on the other five and pick one of those. I’m thinking of my very first novel I ever finished. I’m still in love with it so I think it’ll be it. I have a writing schedule for this year for novels to write and finish. I will be published this year, even if it takes most of hte year to do so. If I can’t manage an agent and a publishing house, then I’ll go the self-publishing route. I actually know someone who did so, so I figure I can get tips from her if necessary.
Now, my goals on books is different than publishing a book. I used to be a prolific reader as a child. To the point that I can remember when I was 12, my reading class, and yes we still had reading class up to 8th grade, my class was divided into reading groups. I read books three grade levels above my level but the reading groups had to read out of a bookshelf in our teacher’s classroom. As you can guess, those were books for 6th graders. So I read through them really fast, and still passed the Accelerated reading test. The first one done picked the next book. There was a point I was three books ahead of the others in my group and they asked if I could let them pick the next few books, I was so many ahead they were just left reading behind me and wasn’t necessarily what they wanted to read. I didn’t mind as I really wasn’t interested in any of the books; my personal books were thicker, more difficult to read, and way more interesting. However, as I grew older, got busier, had less time, I read way less. So, my goal is to read at least 52 books this year. Now, I have no doubt I’ll read more than that, but with a list of 52 books, then I’ll not only read at least one book a week, which I used to read more than that, but I also deliberately chose books that are not in my wheelhouse. I tend to read mystery, fantasy, horror/ghost, some science fiction as well as the occasional blank fiction. So I stepped out and chose a couple of classics, a few romances, but also chose some that are in genres I already read. I may do some book reviews on here as I read the ones on my list.
My debt goal is pretty self-explanatory. I’m self-employed but have some credit card debt from when I had a full time job as well as school loans. As for my saving goals, I not only want to save an emergency fund, for a Canon EOS 4000 Rebel T100 DSLR camera, GoPro Hero7, an elliptical machine, a treadmill, a bike-not sure which one yet, a Cricut machine that will help me greatly with crafting, a Nintendo switch, rotary tool kit, airbrush cake machine and a paintjob for my SUV. I doubt I’ll be able to save for everything this year as I am self-employed but I’m hoping to expand a few things into income alongside Paula’s Pet Paradise and Imaginative HandiCraft’s new image. My top goals are the emergency fund, cameras, Nintendo Switch, Cricut machine, a bike, and a paintjob for my SUV. I love my SUV but I hate his plain silver color. The Cricut machine will help me with my crafting endeavors, as will the rotary tool kit and the airbrush cake machine helps me with my baking. I love taking pictures but don’t have a good camera beyond the ones on my phone. I have a digital camera but it’s a basic point and shoot camera that I call Temperamental for a reason. The elliptical machine, treadmill will help with my health as well as the bike but I want to start hitting the trails with the bike also. (Of course, a goal with the bike is to relearn how to ride it. I fell, apparently, at a young age and stopped riding. I can remember the basics but I haven’ been on the bike in over 10 years so I say I can’t ride a bike.) I love video games, I am a video game geek, but my last systems are a Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS. So I need the new switch and am even open to other systems. The emergency fund is just so I can breath easier when one month’s income might not be quite enough.
So, those are my writing, book and debt/savings goals for 2020. Comment down below if you have any similar goals, we can be each others accountability partners.
‘Til Next Time!
Hey, Ya’ll! Welcome back to Simply Paradise & Haven.
As promised, here is my post on my goals for 2020 + just a bit about SP&H’s future. I have multiple goals for 2020 as that’s just how I roll. I never go for just one thing, I go big or go home. But I also don’t shoot for only perfection. I make goals with a specific achievement point. Sure, some are only achieved if I complete the goal but others are a starting point to be finished next year or later.
I’ll be listing the goals in this post but will be going more in depth on each goal in future Friday posts for January.
So, those are my goals for 2020. Now, the goals I’m going into a bit more detail on in this posts, are the skills and weight goals.
I’ve been working on learning crochet for a few years, first with my grandma and, when she passed away, in her memory. But I definitely have room to improve-a lot of room. I’ve been fascinated with knitting for a few months now so I want to learn it as well. I also want to learn needlework after some of the works I’ve seen on Pinterest. I made my mom an small armoire for Christmas in 2018 and want to get better at woodwork. Now, I need some room for this one so it may have to wait until later 2020. I am currently OBSESSED with painting. I’ve had so many ideas lately and my painting is actually looking really good. But I want to continue working with acrylics and get better with oil and watercolor. Watercolor is actually one of my yearlong challenges. I have this long-term goal of creating a miniature universe. By universe, I mean I want to recreate some of my favorite cartoon/anime/live shows and movies, some of my favorite books and a general universe, in 1:6 scale. Perler beadwork, if you’re not sure, are those small plastic beads that you then melt together to make various images. Like painting, I’m currently OBSESSED with this. The future IHC will likely feature some Perler beadwork and paintings. I want to get better with making paper cards, which includes stamps. I made my Christmas cards in 2019. I love quilling paper, it’s the form of taking small strips and curling them into various forms and shapes. I want to learn or get better at each of these skills in 2020.
Like I said, I want to lose 82 pounds this year. My weight has long since been an issue for me. I wasn’t a small child, though always tall for my age, I was just a little chubby. But it wasn’t until I was a teenager with puberty that my weight really blew out of proportion. I had health issues when I was 16, pre-diabetes and liver to be specific. I lost some weight and got rid of the health issues but my weight was still over what it should be. Now that I’m older, several years beyond 16, those health issues haven’t come back but I’m on my feet so much as a professional pet-caretaker, my knees are beginning to struggle. There are also things, such as sky-diving and bungee-jumping, that I want to do and things I want to do that I either cannot do at all or not do well at my current weight. Plus, to be honest, I simply want to feel better about my body and my health. Weight loss is key as well as getting into better shape. I’ve lost one pound already.
So I’ll be doing periodic updates on this goal on Instagram (@atexanshealthfuljourney) as well as here on SP&H. I’ll be making occasional updates on each goal on here actually.
If you have any goals, please comment down below. I promise I will respond. We can be each other’s accountability partners. (Which will be easier with the future community page)
-Til Next Time!
So I went to Ice! at the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine, Texas. The theme this year was Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s a tradition to watch that every December. Even if I can’t find it on the tv, I own the Charlie Brown holiday specials, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown(Halloween), A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas, on DVD.
The ice sculptures were amazing! I took pictures of all of the sculptures, right at the end, my phone lost all battery power. It was 9 degrees F in there to keep the sculptures from melting. They gave us parkas, which I will admit, when the website said visitors would be given parkas, I was expecting actual parkas, not flimsy blue lab coats. My body was kept warm, as I was wearing jeans and a long-sleeved shirt under the blue ‘parka’ but my hands were cold, as I forgot to bring gloves as they recommended and I was taking pictures. My face was numb within about 15 minutes as I wasn’t about to put that hood up on my head. Who knows who all has worn those parkas since they were washed, and how well-washed they were. My hair is one of my favorite physical features. But even if I had put the hood up, my face would have still been numb.
Below are the pictures that I took.
There are quite a few as the Ice display went through the entire movie from beginning to end. There was a surprise nativity and Angel scenes at the end but my phone died just before then. IT’s back to normal, for hte most part, so I think it just got too cold. Even when it does get that cold here in Texas, I don’t have it out in it beyond my pocket or purse so it’s not used to those conditions.
Now, each scene had their own room. The play rehearsal room actually had a large ice slide in it that kids and adults could go down. I did not as, 1) I didn’t trust the parka to stay under me and keep my butt dry and 2) the shoes I was wearing are old and worn and don’t have very good traction on wet ground, much less on ice. Charlie Brown’s scene was at the top of the slide while the other characters were gathered around it.
So that was Ice! The amount of color and detail in every character was Amazing. If you are in the DFW area, I definitely recommend checking it out. It isn’t that expensive, though buying your ticket online makes it even cheaper. The theme changes every year so don’t count on Peanuts still being there next year.
‘Til Next Time, Friends!
Hey, Ya’ll! Welcome back to Simply Paradise & Haven! Today’s a special post. I signed up with Lola’s Blog Tours to be a part of the book blitz for Shadow Prophet by Andrea Pearson. Now, I haven’t read the book just yet but it’s at the top of my TBR pile and I’ll be posting a review here when I’m done.
My particular stop on the tour has a special excerpt from the book you can only find on the stops of the book tour and in the look inside on Amazon.
Now, without further ado, here’s the info on the book including a special excerpt.
Book blitz Shadow Prophet by Andrea Pearson
This is my stop during the book blitz for Shadow Prophet by Andrea Pearson. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 15 till 19 October. See the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-shadow-prophet-by-andrea-pearson
Special release day price of 99 cent and special download bonuses!
Shadow Prophet is the first book in Andrea Pearson’s new Midnight Chronicles series. It’s only 99 cents for a limited time. And as a way to celebrate this new release Andrea Pearson has some special download bonuses that you’ll receive for free if you buy a copy of the book. All the information about the download bonuses can be found in the book.
Shadow Prophet (Midnight Chronicles #1)
By Andrea Pearson
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Fantasy Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 15 October 2019
Bound to destroy the woman he loves…
Abel hasn’t seen Lizzie in at least seven years, and his experiences since then have changed him significantly. He’s sure he’s moved past his earlier crush, that he’s immune to her carefree and bubbly personality, but the moment his eyes land on her, he knows he’s still in love.
Instead of a joyful reunion, though, he only suffers agony at being in her presence again.
Because he’s being blackmailed into murdering her.
And there’s no way out. The Shadow Prophet has vowed to kill everyone Abel holds dear if he doesn’t complete the job. Abel has tried everything he can think of to break the contract, but nothing has worked, and he has nowhere else to turn.
Complicating things further, he gets recruited by a second client to help Lizzie achieve an impossible mission. One where they must work closely together while hunting immortal demons. One that will either destroy him or force him to kill her before he’s found a way out—before he’s ready to do it.
But how can a man ever be ready to murder the woman he loves?
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I refused to look in her eyes as I pulled the knife from her now-still heart and wiped the blade, her blood staining the fresh white cloth I’d brought just for this purpose.
She hadn’t struggled.
None of them had yet, though I wasn’t sure why.
My heart thudded dully against my ribs, making me choke on unwanted emotions. I wouldn’t allow myself to think, to feel. Not yet.
Before her magical powers could flow away, I removed a vial from my backpack, holding it against her temple and chanting words I’d memorized months earlier.
A silver-blue, steam-like gas flowed through her skin like smoke from dry ice. With gentle waves of my other hand, I encouraged it to enter the vial, then put the cap on and very carefully tucked it back into its protected pouch for later retrieval.
Two to go.
The last two would be the hardest.
I still couldn’t believe I’d ever done the first.
Finally, with my jaw clenched, I looked at her face, so stricken now in death. It had been happy, excited even when she’d granted me access to her apartment. I reached over and closed her eyelids, hating that I was the last thing she’d seen.
I’m so sorry. I cleared my throat and shook my head. Plead my case when you get there. I hope you’ll understand.
I took a shuddering breath before lurching to my feet and stumbling away from the body.
No one would miss her, not for a very long time, regardless of how powerful she was or how well known or loved.
He had seen to all those details a long time ago.
I made sure my things were packed away before pulling my phone from my pocket and sending a quick text to the number I’d saved in my device a few days earlier.
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Andrea Pearson is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who plays several instruments, not including the banjo. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.
Andrea graduated from BYU with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders. She is the author of many full-length novels and novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life – it is, in fact, the only thing she ever craves. Being with her husband and children is where she’s happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking, public speaking, painting, and traveling.
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‘Til Next Time, Friends!
Hey Ya’ll! Welcome back to PEP! As promised, here is all four parts of the Haunted College Boys arc together so you can catch up or refamiliarize yourself if you were here last Halloween before the new piece on Monday.
Haunted College Boys
“Yee-haw! Come on, boys. Here’s our new home for the next two years!”
“Why’d it have to be yellow?”
“Hey, it was cheap and not all of us are moneybags.”
The blond looked at his brunette friend wryly.
“None of us are. Not once my father learns of my change in degree.”
“Hm. You’re stockpiling, though, right?”
“Yes, and I have the trust my grandmother left for after college.”
“Then you’ll be fine.”
“Yeah, I will be. It’s better to do something with my life that I won’t waste away at anyway, right, Justin?”
“You got it, Bennie-boy.”
The nick-named early 20s blond glared at Justin, “You know I hate that nickname.”
Justin stuck his tongue out at him, “Suck it up, Benji.”
Ben whined, “That’s almost worse!”
Coming up behind the two, a tall red-head commented, “Give it up, Ben. You know Justin, he gives everyone nick-names. But if we don’t get a move-on, we’ll still be unpacking come sun-down.”
Ben groaned and Justin snickered.
Justin headed upstairs, hollering down, “Yo, who picked which rooms?”
Ben yelled up, “We haven’t yet! Don’t even think about it!”
“Well, then get up here!”
Ben huffed and Connor grinned, brushing his red hair out of his aqua blue eyes.
A fourth voice spoke, the first two turning to see Ryan, “Come on, then. Before we get shifted out of the best room by default.”
The three boys headed up, instigating a brief squabble over the open rooms.
Justin paused by a closed door, “Hey, guys, what’s in here?”
Connor peered over, “No clue. I thought we went through all the rooms before we rented the place.”
“So did I but this door’s closed.”
“Well, let’s see what’s inside.”
Justin tried the door, only to find it locked.
“What the hell?”
Ben came over then, “Why is it locked? The landlord promised we’d have the full house. She knew we were renting it for four guys.”
Justin shrugged, “No clue. But til we can get a key from her or get her unlock this one, let’s leave it. There’s plenty of other rooms.”
Eventually, they settled on four rooms and moved the rest of their stuff into the house, never realizing they had company.
Jason scowled, watching the latest intruders in his home. No matter what he did, that insufferable woman kept renting it out. Worse than the fact she kept renting his home rather than properly manage it as it should be, but she kept renting it to irresponsible college students that continually destroyed it. Every time renters finally left, there was damage that was not caused by his haunting. It made his spine crawl seeing the damage done. No doubt, these boys would be the same.
He watched them move throughout the house, making plans to scare them out.
Justin jumped the last three steps, landing with a loud thump, making Ryan flinch.
“I smell something good!”
Ryan glowered over his coffee, “Can’t you come in without making racket like a barbarian.”
“Just cuz not all of us are morning people doesn’t make me a barbarian.”
Before Ryan could snark back, Ben stepped in as the usual peace mediator, “Let’s not start this again. Surely we can come to a compromise.”
The look on Ryan’s face screamed that he wasn’t in the mood to compromise and Ben knew Justin wasn’t going to back down. Before they could come to arms, Connor stepped in to assist.
Placing a plate of pancakes before Justin, “Here’s what you were smelling,” and topping off Ryan’s cup, “Drink more. You need it.”
Ryan glowered but didn’t argue and Justin happily dug into his pancakes.
Ben let out a breath and slumped against Connor as Connor hid a grin behind his bangs. They were all good friends, but Ryan and Justin were complete opposites and had been since they’d been neighbors freshman year. But Ryan’s roommate had been the roommate from hell and Ben and Justin had moved Ryan into their room on the sly after finding him slumped over asleep in the common room four times in one week.
It’d taken some time but the two had found common ground in activism. Ben could still remember when the two had come in, completely covered in rainbow paint, leaving tracks all over the dorm hall, their dorm room and the shared bathroom. He’d known Justin was going to the rally for LGBTQ rights, had invited him but he hadn’t dared go against his father just yet, but he had not known Ryan was going. Justin had run into Ryan at the rally and that cinched their brotherhood, especially considering Ryan was straight.
Just then, all four jumped a foot when a bucket on the long narrow table behind them suddenly crashed to the ground.
Justin turned while Ryan peered over his shoulder and Ben and Connor turned to look.
The bucket hadn’t had anything in it, fortunately, but the confusing part was how it had fallen when no one had been near it.
“Uh, any ideas?”
The other three shook their heads to Justin’s query.
“Could it have been the wind?”
Ben looked outside, “No wind. And even if there was, none of the windows are open and the doors are all latched.”
Justin jumped on the table and Ben shoved Connor back as the vase, platter, pens and pencils and the globe brought from Ryan’s home crashed to the ground from the same storage table.
“Okay, now how the hell did that happen? We were all looking at that table!”
Voice barely steady, Ben spoke, “There has to be a rational reason. Right? Right.”
“Of course. We just have to figure out what it was.”
As if laughing at Ryan’s statement, the hall tree crashed, sending Justin’s baseball cap and Connor’s leather jacket flying.
Justin frowned, climbing off the table, “That’s it. Who’s there? Come on, answer me.”
Ryan looked at him as if he’d lost his mind.
“There’s no one there.”
As if insulted, Ryan’s coffee mug tipped over, spilling his coffee all over his lap.
He slammed his chair back, “Damn it!”
Ben was concerned, “Are you okay?”
“Yes. Fortunately, it was half-cold.”
“Still certain there’s no one there.”
“There has to be a rational explanation.”
The house was silent.
“Did they leave?”
“There wasn’t anyone there.”
Connor and Ben whirled around as the knife block tipped over, sliding all the knives to the floor.
“If one of those knives floats, I’m outta here!”
They watched with bated breath.
Jason sat on the counter next to the knife block, sly smirk on his face. As much as he wanted these people out of his house, he wasn’t going to make it that easy. He’d long since learned that lesson. Make it too easy to get them out, they just come back once they’d gained control of their senses, convincing themselves they were seeing things. It would then actually be harder to get rid of them. No, it was better to let the men calm down and do more later.
With that, he picked up the two chairs on the side of the table the boy named Ryan had been on, and tossed them into the chairs on the other side of the table, the four young men having moved towards the door in case a knife did float.
He then vanished up to his quarters, leaving the four staring at the mess of wood.
Ryan eyed Justin who was currently slumped over his necessary nectar of life.
“Enjoying your coffee?”
When there was no answer, Ryan reached over the table and poked Justin in the shoulder.
He jumped, knocking his coffee over, eyes wide, “I’m up, I’m up!” and Ryan reared back.
Connor asked, having watched the entire mishap, “You okay, Justin?”
Justin shook his head, “I haven’t had a full night’s sleep this whole week.”
“No. Actually, I’ve gone to bed at a decent hour. I do have classes and am trying to be more responsible, being a junior and all.”
“At about midnight, every night, there has been a loud, screeching noise, right outside my door. But by the time I get to the door, there’s nothing in the hallway. At all! Much less something that could’ve made that noise. Then for at least the next hour, footsteps go up and down the hall.”
“You’ve looked for the intruder?”
“The first few nights, I did. But after sitting on my bed, with the door open and a flashlight the third night, with nothing in sight, I’ve given up.”
Connor glanced at Ryan, “How come we haven’t heard any of this?”
“Because we’re on the other side of the floor.”
They turned to Ben who’d kept quiet so far.
“We’re on the west side of second floor while Justin took the corner room on the east side. The two sides are isolated from each other by distance and the staircase.”
Ryan turned back to Justin, “We’re sleeping in your room tonight.”
“K. But I need another cup of joe.”
That evening, the other three boys camped out in Justin’s room, Ben in his office chair and Ryan and Connor sat on either side of the open door. Justin settled on his bed, reading a book with his booklight.
“Ya’ll can relax. You’ve got about 5 minutes yet.”
“Yeah, but I want to be paying attention so we can spot what it is.”
A few minutes later, even though he was expecting it, Ben jumped half a foot when a loud, floor shaking screech sounded in the hallway.
Ryan and Connor immediately jumped up, dashing into the hall. Connor hit the light switch, turning on the hall light.
They both turned, looking up and down the hallway.
Justin stepped out, followed by Ben, “Nothing, right?”
“It wasn’t but seconds ago. There’s no way they could’ve gotten out of sight before Connor turned the light on.”
Just then, the wooden floor creaked between the four, distinct footsteps headed down the hall, yet no one was visible.
Ryan pointed, hand waving, mouth open, baffled. Connor’s eyes were wide, and Ben’s head was moving back and forth.
The footsteps moved towards them once more and Connor moved into the center of the hall, determined to catch whatever was walking. The steps walked between the three and Connor froze, blood ice cold.
Ben frowned, “Connor?”
Arms covered in goosebumps, skin pale, Connor’s mouth opened and closed a few times.
Ben moved towards Connor, but he put his arm up, holding him off.
“I don’t know what it was, but something just walked through me. It was ice cold and just creepy feeling. For a moment, I didn’t think the feeling was going to leave, like it was going to stay.”
He shivered, “I’d be fine never feeling that again.”
Ben swallowed, “I think you were just nearly possessed.”
Justin frowned, the footsteps were silent for the moment, so he wasn’t sure if whatever it was, was even still here.
But he had to try, “Whatever, or whoever, you are, what do you want? Why are you here?”
Ryan spoke, “You think someone’s here?”
“You don’t? After what happened Monday in the kitchen, something keeping me up this whole week, all the other little strange things happening, Connor just being walked through… Something’s here!”
Ben spoke, “Usually, if a spirit is here, there’s a reason. They need something. Question is, what?”
“That’s what I want to know. Are you still here?”
Jason was standing next to Justin, recovering from walking through the redhead. Of all the things he’d done in the last 30 years, walking through a living human wasn’t one of them. He didn’t like it any more than the redhead had. He focused in on what the brunette was saying.
The problem was, he couldn’t answer even if he knew what it was he needed. He could interact with his surroundings, but he couldn’t talk to the living. That required a voice and he hadn’t had one in 30 years. Not a distinguishable one that could be understood as anything other than moans and groans.
Justin asked, “Why are you keeping me up every night?”
Jason frowned, in this case, he wasn’t purposefully antagonizing the living. The screeching had been happening in this hallway every night for the last 30 years. The footsteps were him trying to figure out what it was. He knew, in his gut, that it was connected to the night he was killed. He wanted answers just as much as they did.
Justin sighed in frustration before trying once more, “What is it you want?”
Jason always listened to his gut and so, even though he’d never done this before, seeing the intruders in his home as the enemy, he decided to give it a try. He walked into the brunette’s, whose name he believed was Justin, room.
Justin raked his hand through his hair, “I guess whoever it was left.”
Just then, squeaking came from in Justin’s room.
Justin turned and his jaw dropped. The other three crowded behind, jaws dropping and eyes growing wide as the black marker moved across Justin’s dry erase board on the opposite wall.
Justin asked, “Ya’ll see what I’m seeing?”
The other three mutely nodded.
Connor began reading it aloud just to make sure he was seeing what his eyes were screaming they were seeing.
“My name is Jason. I have been here 31 years, 30 as a ghost. I don’t know what the screeching is. It’s happened every night the last 30 years. The footsteps are me trying to figure out what it is.”
Justin crept towards the board, carefully picking up the black marker that had just been set back down.
“There’s no warmth to it. It really was a ghost holding it.”
Ryan wanted to scoff, being the least superstitious out of the four but he couldn’t deny what his own eyes had seen.
Ben finally shook off his shock, “Does that mean you don’t know anything about the day you died?”
Justin jumped when the black marker floated out of his hand before it returned to the board.
Justin read it this time, being right in front of it.
“I know it was late evening. I was still up, waiting for my partner to return home, in my office down the hall. I know it was brutal. But I don’t know by who, why or what happened to my partner. They never returned that I saw.”
Jason left out the part that it was at least a day after he died that he returned as a spirit as his body and definite mess from his murder was gone when he’d reappeared here.
Connor had to ask, “The room down that hall that’s your office, is it the one that is locked?”
The marker didn’t pick up again.
Jason tried to pick up the marker, but he’d used up all of his energy for the moment. He’d need to recharge before he could do it again.
Ben’s brows furrowed when the ghost, no, when Jason didn’t answer. He’d been so helpful just a moment before. Struggling to remember what his grandmother had taught him as she’d considered herself a minor medium before she’d passed, he stumbled on the answer.
“You can’t pick up the marker again, can you? You’re tired. Tap the board once for yes, twice for no.”
There came a single tap on the dry erase board.
Ryan was baffled, “I didn’t know ghosts could get tired. They’re not living anymore, are they?”
Ben shook his head, “No. But they still consist of energy just like us, it’s just manifested differently than our living bodies.”
Justin turned to Jason, “Is that true?”
Another single tap.
Connor had to ask, “How do you know this, Ben?”
“My grandmother believed herself to be a minor medium before she passed.”
“Minor? I didn’t think size mattered.”
Ben chuckled, “Not quite like that. Minor such as she could do tarot readings and crystal balls, even contact the occasional spirit for an answer or two, but she was never able to make full contact with a spirit, nor could she hear or see them.”
A beat of silence, “What about you?”
“Not that I know of. I can’t see or hear Jason any more than you three can.”
Connor stifled a yawn, “I don’t know about you three, but I vote we get some sleep. We can’t get any more answers to the mystery surrounding Jason’ death tonight anyway. The library is closed, and Jason is out of energy.”
“There’s the internet.”
“And how much of that should we dare to believe?”
“Point. To bed then. Are you alright to sleep in here, Justin, or do you want to crash on the floor of my room?”
“I think I should be fine. The screeching only happens once a night and now that I know what the footsteps are, I’ll be okay.”
“Alright then. Good night.”
The other three boys departed, and Justin fell backwards onto his bed with a deep sigh.
He didn’t know if Jason was still in the room or if he’d left but he spoke anyway.
“Would I be correct in guessing you’re stuck here until you can either find out who murdered you and why? Since I’m going to assume they were never caught. Or perhaps until you can find out what happened to your boyfriend? I caught the him before you erased it and wrote partner. If there’s a yes to any of that, if you even still in here, tap yes.”
A single tap came from the nightside table and he sighed.
“We’ll find the answer. No one deserves to be trapped for 30 years, especially separated from their lover. But you’ve gotta stop making a mess. That was you downstairs, right?”
Another single tap.
Justin settled in for the night before speaking once more.
“You don’t have to answer right now, I know you’re outta energy. But what we’d do to deserve that treatment, huh? Night.”
Jason frowned in the darkness after Justin had turned out his light before he walked through the walls to his office. He sat down in his chair, deep in thought.
Never before had anyone not run screaming from his haunting. No one had ever offered to help him solve the mystery of his murder and what happened to Marshall. He had no idea who killed him, why they killed him and so brutally, or what had happened to Marshall after that night.
He settled in to recharge, thinking that perhaps things were finally changing to the good.
~~~~Fin for Now~~~~
For those of you that remember, you’ll notice there has been a couple of name changes. I never really liked James for my spirit’s name, nor the full name of Thomas. So, now it’s Jason and Marshall.
Let’s see what happens next, next week, shall we?
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