“Ridiculous,” I slam the book shut and toss it on the floor beside the couch. Why do I insist on reading these ghost romances, I know better. Spirits never, in my experience, hang around because of love or devotion, to protect and comfort, like the handsome, kind young man in the story. He had loved his beautiful Iris too deeply to leave her. Now, obsession I would have bought, but not unselfish caring.
Ghosts are nasty, at least the ones I’ve dealt with, needing revenge or “justice” or hopelessly reenacting a part they had played during their lives. I knew a man who stalked his wife for years after his funeral, not out of love but jealous of any rivals he saw moving into her life. One boyfriend he scared away by throwing things at him, including kitchen knives. Getting rid of them isn’t as tough as you might think, though. It’s keeping their attention and holding it that’s usually the problem. In that case, he was so focused on the woman, all I needed to do was stand close to her and give my command for him to leave. Thank heavens I have yet to meet a ghost who can disobey the order. I don’t know where they go, and to be honest I don’t really care, as long as they get out of my client’s lives.
When I have a client. There’s actually not much of a call for that sort of thing in my small town. Most ghosts are too weak, can’t make their presence felt by regular folks. I’m lucky- I’m a sensitive, a medium you might say, a ghost magnet. They’re drawn to me. I see them, hear them, feel them. They badger me and occasionally I get drawn into their tales, maybe giving the cop who lives next door an occasional clue about a killer. Mostly though, I capture their attention, my flute usually works well, and then direct them to leave. Not exciting and certainly not romantic. And not enough money it to quit my day job.
So, why do I keep reading these cheesy romances? I’m still hoping for my own happy ending, I guess. Next time, though, no ghosts. Maybe a vampire or werewolf. Those I can still find sexy.
Dottie at Tink’s Place has a Monday Morning Flash Fiction challenge that I’m enjoying. Each Monday a new picture prompt will be posted and if you choose to participate you post your story on Friday – 350 words, give or take.