RIP excerpt #2 of 4

RIP-V1-finalPlease enjoy this excerpt from the second RIP novelette, “Alone.”

RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death will be here before you know it! The wondrous process of proofreading continues!

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“You got a glow about you,” Serissa said. “Where’d you get the glow?”

“Nothing. I don’t—”

“Awfully quick nothing coming out of your mouth there.”

“It’s nothing.”

“Even quicker.” She tapped Rip’s forehead. “Let it out, boy. I know of only one force on this planet that makes you not miserable, and Kalli was with me. Or is it Kalli? What day is it?”

“Can you please stop playing Spider-Woman with my ceiling?”

“Maybe I’ll return your precious ceiling if maybe you give me some answers.”

Rip stared up at the white plane, and he shrugged.

She pressed her finger on his nose. “Talk.”

He figured he’d lose eventually anyway, so he got on with it. “I met a ghost who was haunting the library, and I think I might actually be able to help her instead of—”

Serissa hung her head. “Her? Oh, Ripley, you poor stupid boy.”

“What? If I can help a ghost become less creepy and more like…” Upon spotting Serissa crouched on the ceiling and repeatedly banging her head through it, he found cause to adjust his statement. “If I can save a ghost’s soul, isn’t that better than outright condemning her to Hell?”

Serissa flung herself to the floor to address him from a more conventional perspective. “In theory, yeah.”

“Oh, you’ve decided to be right-side up?”

“I do that sometimes. But you see, theory and the real world tend to duke it out real often—and you know what, buddy? Theory doesn’t always win the championship.”

“Maybe that particular theory of yours won’t, not this time.”

“A-ha! You just made my point.”

“I really don’t think I did.”

“Yes, you said a theory wouldn’t work in the real world.”

“Your theory.”

“About your theory.”

“I think you lost your point somewhere along the way.”

Serissa placed both hands on his shoulders to make a firm, serious point. “Rip, your clouded is judgment.”

“My what?”

“Your judgment is clouded! Stupid tongue! You fell for a pretty face, complete with gigantically sad eyes—I’m just guessing—and now you think you can do something that odds are you really can’t.”

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Once again, I’ll leave you with the book description, and come back tomorrow for another excerpt!

Ghosts are people, too. What kind of people, however, is up to each one to decide.

Rip Cooper learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them — pretty much the only solid thing, in fact. This young loner has to overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. He works alongside an impure “angel” and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.

RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death features the first four novelettes in this coming-of-age and redemption story: “Touch,” “Alone,” “The Crazy Line,” and “Point B,” plus the short story “Strength.”