My Ghost

Once we are behind a building, well out of eye-line and hearing distance, Colin pushes me against the wall. His face is angry.

“Who is Ricky?” he growls.

“I…” I shake my head. I’m trying to think. Who is Ricky?

“Did you recognise someone at the airport?” He asks, giving me a shake that makes my neck ache.

“A voice,” I gasp. “I thought a voice sounded familiar, but I’m not certain.”

Colin releases me and steps back. He frowns. “You must know him.”

I nod.

“He let us escape…”

“I know,” I say. The run from the airport had been too easy.

“So, who is he?” Colin asks.

“I only dated one Ricky, but it can’t be him.”

“Why?”

I sigh. “Because he’s dead.”

“What?” he asks.

“Ricky is dead. We were engaged, but there was an accident and he didn’t survive,” I say, feeling the familiar lump in my throat.

“Where did he work?”

“He was a security officer.”

Colin is quiet for a moment. “Where?” His voice is quiet and I think he has an inkling what the answer might be.

“Bio-Industrial,” I say. My eyes are wide with shock. “But he died five years ago.”

“So you have a fiancé who died five years ago and who happened to work for a massive drug company,” he says and when he looks at me I can see distrust.

“Ricky is dead.” But as I say it I wonder if I truly believe it. That voice had sounded like him.

Colin gives me a wary grin. “You don’t believe it.”

“But why fake his death? We were happy. It broke me when he died.” I start to pace. “It makes no sense.”

“It does.”

“How?” I demand, suddenly very angry.

“Think about it. Max has broken from the faction he was in and is going to give a form of the cure to the humans. Maybe they knew.”

“They would have had to suspect before the plane landed,” I say.

“Maybe Max was meant to meet them.”

“But instead leaves with us,” I finish. “In which case they have been tracking us.”

Colin nods. “But we only got away because your boyfriend recognised us.”

I sneer at that. “If Ricky is alive then he is not the man I remember. That man would never have done this, not to me.” I don’t mention the fact that he had been my first love, or that we had always planned to grow old together.

Suddenly Colin enfolds me in a hug. “We won’t leave you.” I realise than that my emotions must have been visible on my face and I let myself believe him. I have to. If Ricky is alive then I don’t know if I can resist him.

“Do you think he is human?” I ask.

Colin steps back. He looks at the ground in concentration and finally shrugs. “He might be, but then he might not. We were human at the airport so there is no way to know. Only Max would know.”

“The people who shot you were human.”

He nods. “So, shall we rescue Max?”

I grin. “Yes.”

“We might have to take out Ricky.”

I grimace. I don’t want to but I nod. I’m not sure that I could. Colin takes my hand and starts to lead us back toward the warehouse.  I resist.

“What?” he asks.

“Do we have a plan?”

“Get in, get Max, get out,” he says with a grin. “And try not to get shot.”

“Oh, good.” I shake my head and follow.

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About Kate

Kate Murray has recently completed her Masters in Creative Writing and is currently working as an illustrator and writer. Her first anthology of short stories ‘The Phantom Horse’ was published in December 2013 and she subsequently has had another anthology published by Raging Aardvark; “Love Just Is” looks at the truth of love, in all its guises from romantic to obsessive. She is currently working on an anthology of ghost stories which should be published at the end of October 2014 and is also writing her first novel. Kate runs two blogs, one is about her life as a writer (kate0murray.wordpress.com) and the other is a serialisation of a novel, “The Gone”; a disaster hits the world while Bitsy is on a flight from Italy. She lands to find that the world is completely altered and she must learn to survive in a place where everyone is not who they appear to be (thegone.wordpress.com). Kate has had short stories published in magazines and e-zines, including ‘The Lampeter Review’, ‘Jotter’s United’, and ‘What The Dickens’. She has had short stories included in the ‘Twisted Tales 2013’ anthology published by Raging Aardvark, and the ‘Busker Anthology’ and ‘Spooky Tales Anthology’ published by What the Dickens. Kate’s artwork has been exhibited at the Museum Of Modern Art in Machynlleth where she was selected after entering the art competition and at Aberglasney Gardens as part of the Mid Wales Art group. Her artwork has been published by companies from Norway to Australia and her latest works will have illustrations in it. She has also had a series of line drawings published by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in their biodiversity action plan. Kate currently works in the foothill of the Cambrian Mountains where she has a purpose built workshop that she affectionately calls her ‘house’ as she spends far more time in there than anywhere else.
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One Response to My Ghost

  1. Kate says:

    Reblogged this on Kate Murray and commented:

    Bitsy remembers Ricky, but he can’t be the man she knew…
    The next part of The Gone.

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