Not all ghosts can have good unfinished business, right? Read on for a teaser from book 3 of the complete Scythe Grove Academy series (no spoilers, unless the fact the girl with a scythe on the covers being a reaper isn't obvious!)
Copyright 2021 Laura Greenwood
“The ghost would like to introduce himself to you,” I say to Mathias. “I’m a translator.” I keep my voice as flat as possible. While Mathias isn’t able to understand me or the ghost when we talk to one another, the ghost is perfectly capable of understanding us when we talked in English.
Thankfully, Mathias seems to understand the predicament. “Hello, I’m Mathias. What’s your name?” he asks the ghost, barely looking at me.
I don’t bother translating. I only need to let Mathias know what the ghost says.
“He says his name is Cain,” I translate.
“It’s nice to meet you, Cain,” Mathias says. “We’re here to help you move on to the other world, starting with any unfinished business you might have here. Do you know what it might be?”
“What if I don’t want to move on?” Cain asks.
“Then we’ll report that as your choice.”
I raise an eyebrow, finding it interesting that he’s skipping over the part where we’d report it to the Reaper Guard and they may take the choice away from the ghost.
“But if we do that, then we can’t help you with anything you have unresolved,” Mathias continues. “Is there anything you want us to do for you?”
“I did always mean to get Candice fired,” he muses. “You could do that for me.”
“What are you having her fired for?” I blurt after I’ve translated for Mathias.
“She just needs to be fired,” Cain replies, refusing to elaborate. If I’m honest, I’m surprised he responded to me at all, he didn’t seem like he’d want to.
“Okay, we’ll look into it and see what we can do,” Mathias promises. “Well come back once we have more information. Is there anything else you can think of that we can help you with?”
Mathias nods. “Thank you for your time, Cain,” he responds. “We’ll be back soon.”
“You’d better be. I want to hear good news," he shouts after us.
I smile tightly as the two of us leave the ghost far behind.
"Something tells me we're not going to be able to satisfy him," I mutter.
"You're not wrong there. I'm sorry you had to deal with that."
I shrug. "It is what it is. At least this one isn't trying to trap me on behalf of the Shadow Association."
"Too soon to joke about Erica?" I ask.
"It kind of puts the rest of them into perspective though. None of the other ghosts can really be as bad as that."
"Don't jinx it," he mutters darkly.
He may have a point there. But I think we're safe from Cain. He’s just the obnoxious ghost of someone who was probably an obnoxious human. Dealing with him would be frustrating, but not impossible.
And we were more than capable of dealing with that.
Urban Fantasy Academy, Complete Series
Scythe Grove Academy is an urban fantasy series following Reaper/Seer, Syxe as she learns about her powers for the first time. Part of the Obscure World.
Heat Level: Low - Relationship Type: m/f - Build: Slow - Point of View Character: Single first person POV, same throughout the books - Cliffhangers: Yes (complete series) - Tense: Present