Shannon O'Reilly (Chapter 8, page 2 of 13)


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Chapter 8

Shannon stayed out of the shop that day because she didn't want to get caught up in the same old conversation about her Halloween spirit or the lack of a date for the homecoming dance. If her few friends only knew about the ghost she had recently seen, they'd either label her crazy or a girl desperate for attention. The scary ghost from her vision was all the Halloween she needed this year, thank you very much.

Shannon was also a little scared of what she might see that day. If she stayed hidden in her bedroom or turret room she would be safe from prying eyes and hopefully, unwanted ghosts. If just willing the spirits away would work, she would be fine, or she thought. Unfortunately, the spirit world didn't work that way. When a spirit wanted to make itself known to the living it would go to great lengths to make things happen. This had always been Shannon's experience though she had seen many TV shows that depicted ghosts or poltergeists as the pent up energy of a teenager. Shannon only wished it was that simple.

Victoria kept the store open late on Halloween for all of the stragglers. It wasn't unusual for a group of kids to come running in just as she was closing the door and beg for help selecting a "really cool costume." Victoria loved this time of year and had fun helping the kids select outfits that would be funny or original. The best time she had dressing the local children was in 1997 when the movie Titanic came out. All of the teenage girls that year wanted to wear Edwardian Era dresses like the lead character Rose. There were plenty of trunks with these types of dresses in them, some in better shape than others. Victoria had enlisted a local seamstress to mend hems and fix sequins and beading that needed repair. The family had made quite a bit of money that year selling costumes and in the end the children sold back the costumes for less than they had paid for them. Victoria could turn a buck faster than anyone in Beeman.

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