Shannon O'Reilly (Chapter 1, page 1 of 11)

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Chapter 1

Three little ghostesses, Sitting on postesses, Eating buttered toastesses, Greasing their fistesses, Up to their wristesses, Oh, what beastesses To make such feastesses!

--An Old English Nursery Rhyme Shannon O'Reilly wasn't crazy; she had an unusual gift for seeing the unseen. Call them ghosts, spirits or what have you. It all amounted to the same thing- the O'Reilly house was haunted and Shannon was the gatekeeper for the supernatural.

The stately old Victorian home the O'Reilly family lived in sat on the end of east Main Street close to the shops that dotted the small rural town of Beeman. The Edmondson family had owned this home for almost one hundred and fifty years before the O'Reilly family moved in. Shannon's mother, Victoria, had been an Edmondson and she inherited the home when her parents passed away. Visitors often drove by and gawked at the yellow home with the white gingerbread trim and beautifully landscaped yard. The home was an official landmark in the town of Beeman and as such appeared in the yearly calendar from the Parade of Homes.

The O'Reilly home also doubled as a store, The Opportunity Shop. The O'Reilly's had a thriving antique business that they ran from the front of the rather large house. They sold everything from estate jewelry to large antique bedroom sets. While the locals shopped there on occasion, the bulk of their business came from tourists that frequented the wineries in the area during the summer.

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