RIP excerpt #3 of 4

Another day, another RIP excerpt.RIP-V1-final

Here’s one from the third novelette, “The Crazy Line.”

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“So what do you think is wrong with those other ghosts?” Mac asked. “The ‘evil’ ones?”

Serissa looked forward. “Gluttony.”

“But they don’t have…Ghosts don’t eat.”

“They don’t ‘nom nom nom’ eat, no, but they make their own feasts.”

“Um, okay.” Mac touched his tongue and studied the lack of sensation. “I haven’t eaten since—two whole weeks, and I’m not hungry. Do you ever feel hunger?”

“No. I get phantom hunger. It’s special. Just wait. You’ll get it, too.”

“But if I get hungry and I can’t eat anything…That sounds awfully unpleasant.”

“Eh.” Serissa rocked her head back and forth in search of an example. “Take chocolate. I really loved chocolate. It was soooo good. Sometimes, I’ll lose myself fantasizing about that taste. I got my memories, so I taste the memories. And taste and taste and taste…”

“That kind of sounds like gluttony.”

She didn’t hear him. Sensory memories consumed her, and she let them—but only for a moment.

“Ah, chocolate. So yeah. I hunger for things. Whoa, that sounded creepy. Hunger just does not work as a verb. Anyway, I indulge in delicious memories here and there, but I’m careful to restrain myself. Too much fantasy, not good.”

“And the bad ghosts…?”

“No restraint. They give in to every single whim that crosses their whacked-out minds. Like, they see someone hurting and they think, ‘Hey, maybe I can make that worse.’ And they do, as if it’ll somehow relieve their own pain. They can’t get enough of it. Gluttons. All a bunch of psychotic gluttons.”

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RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death is coming soon!

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.”