The smoke from her gun was followed by a burning pain in my side and a gush of red. Dizzy and suddenly cold with terror, I fell to the ground.
It hadn't been personal. Not this time.
Stray bullet. Wrong place, wrong time, and all because I came back.
The last thing I heard was the man, Al, screaming at her to drop the weapon and call 911.
I was nearly overpowered by the damnedest urge to laugh. Paramedics busting in to save me, finding the gun, calling the cops while I bled out.
She dropped the gun and stared down at me. "Can't you bleed somewhere else? God, my deck!"
I patted her arm, or thought I did. "Don't worry, dear. Your cell will be squeaky clean," I said, or thought I did.
She didn't respond, just looked at me in horror.
The last thing I felt was my temperature dropping, and such awful weakness, plus a strange sort of thinning, a widening, as though I were spilled water, as if I were melting into the rough wooden boards.
The last thing I thought was,
Who will find my journal, and how will my kids know what I've written for them to see?
Part ghost story, part psychological puzzle, and totally terrific, A Very Special House will no doubt haunt your memory for a long time to come. The evocation of the atmosphere of both Maui and the special "honey house" that resides there is superb. Unusual and striking are the author's mentions of various beloved smells: of flowers, rain, wood, new paper, new pencils, food, and more. As a fellow writer, I have to say that this novella features some of the best and most realistic dialogue I've ever read. Throughout the book, the reader is borne along on alternating waves of memory and wishing, of what was and what was longed for. The surprise ending is deeply gratifying. Don't miss this compact masterpiece by a very talented new author!
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While Lucy, her best friend, Kim, and her parents wait to board the space ship, her parents are killed. Lucy faces danger and growth as she comes to grips with her parents' death and the strange customs of Andorpha. While Kim laps up Andorphian love like warm milk, Lucy wonders if it's all too good to be true. When Lucy learns the Andorphians believe their planet is under a curse, she begins to suspect there is a reason that she and her family were so readily accepted as refugees. Do they expect her to be the antidote to an ancient curse?
When Kim urges Lucy to accept the Andorphians and their way of life, the only shot at life they have, Lucy is certain she's right. But all is not what it seems.
Thea Ramsay has lived in Toronto since 2012. Besides writing, she enjoys reading fiction and biographies, watching documentaries, and pampering her beautiful cat. She has many more writing projects planned for the future.