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II: HER WORDS • Fiction


as they passed by my room. Avery spent as much time as possible away from home. Elaine’s eyes grew tired and grey. I remember not thinking much of Avery walking into my room one morning and dragging his hands along the walls muttering to himself. I’d dealt with so much at that point that it didn’t faze me. It wasn’t until late the next night that I even understood. The morning after the big ice storm, Elaine cracked. There must have been


something about the sleet on the window that made her lose it. Around noon, I heard a voice I didn’t recognize. My ears perked up and I stood in my doorframe for a moment, straining to make out words, before slamming the door and walking heavily down the stairs. I sat on the steps and watched as Elaine and Avery did everything to avoid eye-contact with the round, somber-looking man opposite them on the couch. His voice was low and gravely. It made Elaine grimace every time he spoke. “Listen, I get these kinds of calls all the time. More often than not, I ’m able to


find the source of the problem and eliminate it. Now, that doesn’t mean this isn’t serious. And it doesn’t mean it’s not labor intensive or that—” Elaine didn’t let him finish.


“Oh, oh money’s not a problem here. We just want to know that our family is


safe.” Avery gave a half nod in agreement. “Of course, ma’am. If that’s the case, then I can go ahead and get started.” He


stood up and grabbed his brief case at his side. “Which room was it, now?” “First left at the top of the stairs.” I had grown bored throughout the conversation, but this caught my attention. Fuck if they were going to go snooping around in my room. I ran up the stairs behind him, sneaking in my door just as he was closing it. He looked around with a chuckle and sat down on my bed, mumbling something under his breath as he counted a wad of bills in his hand. I sat on the chair across from him. “I didn’t say you could come in my room.” He ignored me and went about his business; placing speakers by the door, laying out a blanket on top of my bed and grabbing a small ball from his briefcase. I watched incredulously as he turned off the lights, turned on the speakers and climbed into bed. Suddenly his deep growl came from the far corner. “I ask now that anything here make itself known.” His voice reverberated


through the room. He threw his ball against the wall. It made contact with a loud crack. I heard Elaine shriek downstairs. “I am not here to harm you, but do not think I won’t if you present yourself as a threat. I only wish to know why you remain in this home.”


I watched in awe of the theatrics, laughing at what an ass this guy was making


of Elaine and Avery. For some reason, though, my palms were sweating and I surveyed the room nervously. It’s not like I hadn’t broken out the ouija board when I was younger, but this was different than moving a game piece and scaring the shit out of a few 9 year olds. That was all fun and games. This guy just seemed like he was pushing his luck. He let out a loud snore and rolled over in my bed. His breathing grew heavy under the boom of his voice on the speakers. “This home does not belong to you! Be gone, demon!” They must have found


this asshole on the internet. Why the hell was he even there? I ’d never come across a ghost before, and I’d lived there a pretty damn long time… I’d lived there too long. I remembered the boys being born. I was only three but I remembered it. No, I


could remember even further back. Moving in. Elaine and Avery must have been about 25. Fresh out of college and so much more eager than the slumped shoulders roaming the halls for the previous month. No. No, I couldn’t have remembered that.


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