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Crackle, crackle-Hannah squeezed her eyelids tight and covered her ears to shut out the static inside her head. Sometimes it worked. Tonight, the white noise intensified. The sheer strength of this spirit manifestation overwhelmed her. Nausea rolled high in her stomach.
Turning to her side, she gulped air and waited for her pulse to slow. The static grew softer. She braced herself for the ghost to speak. Last week it’d been a distraught parent who’d died without telling his son he loved him. Four days before that an executed criminal sought forgiveness for his horrendous acts against society.
If she didn’t get a reprieve from the haunting spirits, she’d end up in a padded cell.
Her breathing calmed when the noise quieted. "Mama, where are you?" A chill slid down Hannah’s arms. A little girl’s tremulous voice. "Please mama, papa needs you."
Hannah opened herself to the strong force invading her body. Soon she’d no longer have control over her mind. She directed all her energy solely on the child. A hazy image materialized beside her bed. About five years old, the girl wore a long calico dress from the pioneer era. Despite her exhaustion, excitement, accompanied by a raw fear, .surged through Hannah. A sense of déjÃ vu grasped her by the throat. Did she know this child?
She explored every minute detail of the little girl. Dark blonde hair. A worried look in the nut brown eyes.
A rush of adrenaline zapped her. "How can I help you, Rachel?"
Sweet Jesus. How had she known the little girl’s name?
"Please, come home with me. Papa needs you. We can’t find my mama."
A snake like shiver crawled up Hannah’s spine. "Where did your mama go?"
"You know. The Indians took her."
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