While I was in England, I visited Surrey and some of Elisabeth's haunts (pun totally intended). And really enjoyed the Victoria and Albert Museum where Liz spends some time acting normal while being fueled by a possession.
Mike and Liz Keeny are newlyweds, new parents, and the proprietors of the Barrett Inn, an 1875 Victorian on Cape Cod, which just happens to be haunted. By their own ghosts. The Inn had become an annex of Purgatory, putting Mike, Liz, and their infant son in danger. Selling the historic seaside bed and breakfast was the only answer, one that Liz and her own tortured specter refused to consider. Were Mike and Liz doomed to follow the same path that led to disaster in their previous lives? Was getting out, getting away, enough?
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It wasn't until Liz placed her hand on the banister and started up the steep staircase to the roof that Elisabeth's needling eased. Like an addict in the throes of withdrawal, just the promise of being up there, Elisabeth's spirit once again united with a body communing with her long lost sea captain, offered relief.
Cold air blasted as Liz pulled open the door. Ice crunched under her feet as she stepped out onto the widow's walk. Steel gray waves capped with frigid white foam danced under the leaden sky. Frosty air filled her lungs. Tiny ice crystals blew off the bay and melted on her cheeks. Ghostly kisses ran down her neck like tears, dampening the neckline of the dress.
Elisabeth took control of her tongue. "Green was always your favourite colour, my love. Our son's birthday is coming. Almost a year since you last came to me. Pray tell, will you return once again?" Elisabeth's longing, her anguish, released itself into the wind.
A gust carried his response, a whisper for only her ears. "Stay here, in our house. Honour my memory by living your life.
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If you'd like to read an excerpt adapted to the short story format, check out "Breakwater Beach" in Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts.