Dec 09, 2019 5:09 PM
Sadde meets a ghost
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Most high schools are more or less the same once you get beyond things like which mascot is on the wall and how strict they are with their rules.

Gossip is one of those near-constants. The current rumor spreading around is that there is a real ghost that wanders along a certain stretch of bike path in a state park, some evenings.

"My dad actually hired her once," one girl claims, "She used to be Terrana Hastings, that healer person. How creepy is that?"

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Very. Creepy enough that she wants to check it out and use as an excuse not to have to be around her father.

Is there any more information available on this ghost?

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The gossip mill gives her a specific time the ghost is supposed to show up, at least.

Kaede can look up Terrana Hastings on the internet and find that she seems to have disappeared from the news about three years ago, but was a popular healer-for-hire before that. There were implications that she might be giving people magical sex-change operations at one point, which stirred up quite some controversy.

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...huh. Okay. What's the specific time?

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Five to seven PM.

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Sure that works.

She's there at five.

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There's nothing obvious on the bike path at five.

If she walks up and down the right stretch a couple of times, she might see a figure in the distance ahead. Unclear yet if it's another live person or the purported ghost.

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It could be a ghost! She'll wait.

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The maybe-ghost doesn't seem to be moving.

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And if she walks up to them?

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That sure looks like a ghost. Pale, translucent. The ghost looks at her blankly, then turns back toward looking at the little stream.

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"...hello."

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"...Hello. Are you ill?"

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"I am not. Are you?"

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The ghost hesitates. Looks... Confused. As much as such a vague outline can look confused.

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"How are you?" she asks instead.

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"Fine," she says in a near perfectly flat voice.

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"Are you sure?"

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"No. I'm fading away."

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"...how can I help?"

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"...You can't help. It's been too long. I spiraled down."

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"Down...?"

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"Depression has a fatal prognosis among Spirit Bearers."

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"Oh. I'm so sorry. But there must be something I can do - find another Spirit Bearer to give you more - something -?"

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"That has probably been tried. I don't remember much anymore... What's your name?"

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"I'm Kaede. It's a pleasure to meet you."

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