by Scott Nicholson
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The giveaway celebrates the launch of paranormal thriller The Home. Experiments at a group home for troubled children lead to paranormal activity—and the ghosts are from the home’s dark past as an insane asylum. In development as a feature film, it’s available in ebook at...
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EXCERPT: THE HOME
By Scott Nicholson
(From Chapter 21)
They took it by hook and by crook.
The words were there, inside Starlene’s head like voice-over edited into a movie soundtrack. The woman’s lips hadn’t moved, but Starlene was sure the words had been the woman’s.
I got half a mind to tell somebody about it, what they did.
But I only got half a mind.
Maybe Freeman had been telling the truth. He’d exhibited some remarkable guess work during his session with her. But mind-reading was a little too loopy, a little too unnatural, a little too much like something God would never allow. Yet so were old men who walked on water and disappeared. And shadowy secret agent types making deals with doctors. And expensive equipment hidden in an underfunded children’s home.
“Who are you?” Starlene asked the woman.
The woman said nothing, just turned her stooped body and shuffled back towards the shadows. It was only after she’d reached the throat of the widest corridor that Starlene’s legs obeyed her brain enough to follow.
“You don’t want to go back there,” Bondurant said.
“She needs help,” Starlene said, angry. “How could you stand it, knowing she was living down here in this filth?”
Bondurant’s drunken laughter bounced off the stone walls. “I don’t think ‘living’ is the right word.”
Starlene paused in mid-stride, and stood breathless in the center of the metal cylinders. Ahead of her, the woman had faded to nothing.
The woman’s final words reverberated inside the bone cave of Starlene’s skull: Got half a mind. Off to find the other half.
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