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Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer by Sheils Terry
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In the beginning, Mason Forsythe didn't know how much the buying of his dream home would change his life. How it would challenge his deepest beliefs in what was, or, rather, what wasn't. He knew already that love could become hatred. What he didn't know, yet, was that it could also lead to fear. Had he known all that, he might never have bought the place. But, of course, he hadn't.
Awe-Struck Publishing; August 1999
139 pages; ISBN 9781928670148
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Title: Ghost Writer
Author: Sheils Terry
 
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Elissa stared at the decaying cottage and grudgingly admitted she needed a man. She prized her independence but now she needed a man to buy the place, fix it up, move in, fall for her, briefly - while she remained aloof - and, finally, help her die.

In the beginning, Mason Forsythe didn't know how much the buying of his dream home would change his life. How it would challenge his deepest beliefs in what was, or, rather, what wasn't. He knew already that love could become hatred. What he didn't know, yet, was that it could also lead to fear. Had he known all that, he might never have bought the place. But, of course, he hadn't...

As late-arriving darkness of June began to fall, Elissa stood behind a tree at the edge of the old Carleigh property. She had stood there, in fact, all afternoon in the intermittent light rain, watching the men moving boxes and furniture into the refurbished cottage and trying to decide which one was the new occupant, for she was certain that fate had chosen him for her. Finally, she decided the chosen one was the tall, dark-haired man of about thirty who seemed to be giving most of the directions. He would certainly do, she thought. But she would have to be careful; one false move could ruin it all. He was really quite good-looking and he seemed forceful and decisive, qualities she admired. But she mustn't let herself admire them too much. She was naturally outgoing and confident, but her present situation had made her a bit hesitant to approach him when anyone else was there.

Finally, she swallowed hard and moved cautiously among the trees around toward the back door of the cottage where her arrival would be less likely to be seen. She was about to step onto the path when she saw the elderly couple standing on the back stoop.

...Suddenly, Elissa wasn't grinning. Her face was pale and deadly serious.

"What can you possibly have to tell me that's as serious as all that?" Mason asked.

"Why don't you make some coffee? This may take some time,"she said, obviously stalling.

"Funny. I had someone else suggest that to me, just recently. And it wasn't good news."

"Then let's get it over with," Mason said, sitting down in the chair. "Would you...like to sit on my lap while you tell me?"

"Thanks. It might make things easier to tell. Though it might also make things...harder...for you..."

"I will." She sat on his lap and snuggled her head under his chin. "You were right. It does make me feel easier."

"No, I think it makes more sense for me to begin at the end," Elissa whispered.

"I hope you won't think I'm crazy, but I'm dead," she said.

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