Ghosts are a figment of the imagination … until I moved to the beach in Monterey.
“Stay away from the water,” I commanded the young fair-haired girl, sitting on an outcrop, dangerously close to both the boy and the swelling Pacific.
The girl nodded dumbly too terrified to move. Watching her with a burning intensity, was a strange looking young man, his eyes black as the abalones that clung to the rocks. He was beckoning her toward him as though calling out with a telepathic intensity.
“Don’t listen to him,” I said firmly. “Keep looking at me.”
The boy snarled and lunged toward the girl through the skeletal, silver trees. In a flash, I ran forward, reached for my dagger and plunged it into the boy’s heart.
His face twisted in contortion and within seconds he disappeared, seemingly evaporating right in front of us. I’d lost count of how many ghosts I had slayed by then …
Chapter One: The Fog
I’d always been in search of my own private island, somewhere I could feel safe, a solace from life’s miseries. In the rough seas off Monterey, I thought I finally found just that.
At first we didn’t see the strange fog rolling in from the horizon because we were too busy concentrating on our strokes. It crept in as we paddled, draping itself over the water, like a kind of gray ectoplasm, obscuring the horizon and the sea in front of it.
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