Mandy Baker has been writing for as long as she can remember. She has self-published two novels on Amazon.
For as long as she could remember, Sally hadn’t fit in. In all of her twenty-six years, she had never been able to find a place that felt like home. She moved to a new house ever four or five months because she never felt settled. She knew from a very young age that she was different, she could see things that the people around never could. She never could figure out why she was the one with the affliction of seeing the other side. What was she supposed to do with that?
She had come to Harper’s Cove a little more than a year ago and was beginning to feel that urge to move on again. The communications from the other side were becoming too much and she was going to have to find a new place to go. She was sitting in the town’s coffee shop by the window that overlooked the cove, searching the internet for her next destination, when she looked up and watched the ferry pull into the pier. She had sat here hundreds of times over the past year and watched the same scene play out, the ferry sounds its horn and slowly pulls up to the wooden pier in the cove, then the passengers slowly filed off the boat either on foot or by vehicle. For some reason this day was different. As she watched the passengers walk onto the pier, she felt something deep down in her gut. She had never felt anything like it before and wasn’t sure what to do with it.
She quickly closed her laptop and left the coffee shop. She was hurrying up the street, lost in thought over the strange sensation she had felt, when she literally ran into her destiny. He was tall, with dark black hair that was cropped close to his head, and his dark eyes pierced into her soul when she looked into them. She felt the muscles of his chest through the sweater he wore as she steadied herself. She slowly let out the breath she hadn’t even known she was holding.
“Are you ok?” He asked as he held her arm to make sure she was steady.
Sally nodded, unable to form words. She thought for sure she was going to melt right into the sidewalk below her feet when he smiled at her. It was then that she realized the feeling in her gut was getting stronger the longer she stood here with him. She found that she could speak after all.
“I’m fine. Thanks. Sorry I ran into you, I guess I wasn’t paying attention. What brings you to our little sea side village?”
“I don’t know. I just felt the need to hop the ferry and get away this morning.” Sally nodded in understanding. She felt this urgent need to keep talking to him and to not lose him. But, she wasn’t sure how to do that, she had to think fast, she could tell they were coming to that moment when two strangers went their separate ways before things got awkward.
“Have you ever been to Harper’s Cove before?” A light bulb went off in her head when he shook his in answer to her question. “If you want, I could show around. Nothing like a…local to show you the hidden treasures of a small town.” She had started to choke on the word local, but then found it wasn’t so bad after all.
“Sure, that sounds good.” He studied her for a moment, unsure of what to think about her, but knowing that he couldn’t say no when everything inside of him was yelling for him to stay with her. “My name is James by the way.”
Oh, duh! Sorry, I’m Sally.” They both laughed as they headed down the street together.
Beyond the Veil
Sally found that day, that for the first time she felt completely comfortable with someone. The conversation flowed easily and she didn’t feel the need to run away from James. Somehow, he seemed to put her at ease. She lived everyday with so much built up energy inside her that it was hard to function at times, but with him she was almost calm. She had only just met this guy and already she felt like she wanted to spend every day for the rest of her life with him. She mentally slapped herself when that thought entered her mind. That was stupid, there is no way she could feel that way after only a few hours. Nonetheless, as the sunset over the cove, she found herself inviting him back to the little cottage she lived in for dinner.
After dinner she suggested they go for a walk. In the second month she lived here, she had found a trail leading through the woods by her house to the bluffs. The way the moon bounced off the waves before they crashed against the rocks was nothing short of magical. As they walked out the door, Sally felt a familiar chill run up her spine, she shivered and looked around.
“You cold?” James asked, Sally shook her head assuring him she was fine.
They walked up the path in a comfortable silence. When they reached the end of the trail where the bluffs spread out before them, she heard James audibly gasp. Sally smiled, that was how she’d reacted the first time she came out here at night. The moon beams glistening off the ocean waves literally took your breath away. She set down the lantern she was carrying and felt the chill once more. She looked around knowing it was the other side coming through the veil. But, where? She tried to stay calm as she searched for the breach. She glanced over at James, he was completely focused on the view, not that he could have anyway, but he never saw them coming. Before she could react the ones from the other side dragged him through the veil. Sally screamed and tears ran down her cheeks. She knew she was going to have to get him back, but she didn’t know how.
© 2018 Mandy Baker