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Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Within a few days I will have this up and running.

DO YOU KNOW ME?

Do you think you know me?
Yes, you might
But you are wrong
Because I hide
I am among the dark
My light is hidden well
It makes me feel safer
As I walk this realm of hell
I see your dark eyes look my way
And no, I am not naive
I know who you are
More than you know me
Cause my light still shows me dark
I can see through lies and secrets
And my eyes they shine in the dark
Because I am good
And I do as I should
And to me and my own, I am true
I watch the darkness walk through this Life
They blend with all the beauty
Not all darkness is hard to see
Though they can blend in and take
But if you look closely at their face
You can see them walking free

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Sailing The High Seas

An excerpt

 

The sea was rough, but there was nowhere else in the world he would rather be. He was raised by a father who lived by the rule of thumb never lay foot on land for those who are true to the sea will be rewarded by vast amounts of treasure. Henry now the Caption of his own ship has taken on that rule of thumb, desperate to be half the man his father was.

His days usually consist of searching the unknown for treasures he has heard rumours of or hunting for food on deserted lands of the sea, but today there was something else in store. The crew had come across a woman floating on an old rickety raft and had pulled her aboard, she was a quiet lady. Her dress was not expensive, and she wore an old cross around her neck on a silver chain. Henry approached the woman and looked at her in silence, he noticed the cross around her neck and reached for it without a thought. Ripping it from her neck, he placed it in his pocket. The woman’s eyes widened as she watched as the ignorant man snickered and walked away,” put her back out onto her vessel.” The woman angered,” I will not go back out there. She said with an agitated tone, she muttered some words in another language and let out a high pitch laugh.” You will regret your actions, and without notice, Henry disappeared. The crew’s eyes grew large as they stepped back from the woman, one stepped forward.” We would never cast you out, how can we help you?” The woman snickered,” That’s much better.”

Somewhere out there in a tiny glass jar, henry bounced around. He watched as the waves hit the side of the glass, throwing him around like an old rag doll. Where was he, and how would he ever get free, thought henry? Who was that lady and how could she have done this to him, he wouldn’t rest till he could get loose and seek revenge on this woman of the sea.

(C) Kristi Niles

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Happy Valentines Day

Due to an internet glitch, my post sometimes doesn’t get seen. I wanted to take a moment and wish you a happy Valentine’s day.

 

Happy Valentines day

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It’s valentines day

The day of love

A time of year

Where heart glow

Like a lights ray

Celebrating togetherness

Watching passion flow

Here we are

Our love holding tight

Shining together

on this Valentines night

We give, and we take

But together we are

Our hearts tender prayers

Shine within the stars

(C) NB Nicholas

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More Of Strangers From the Sky

Just for you! Chapter 2

I put out chapter one and hopefully, you enjoyed it.

This is the introductory book to the series. It isn’t as fast-paced as the rest bt it explains all the who what when where and whys.

I write with multiple genres, so it’s hard to define this book to just one.

Urban fantasy, science fiction, mystery and romance.

Blurb

Jasper’s from the city where she lives with her best friend and lives life to the fullest. One day she discovered something and it changed her life, a conspiracy in death. Accidents and murders keep occurring, and people are missing. Some think it’s radicalism others suspect terrorism but it’s something more sinister. Strangers from the sky are among us and they claimed the earth as their own. Very few can see them for they are what we call a shifter.

These killers walk the streets and plan to eliminate humankind.

Times get desperate when they are forced to live by the light of the moon. Fighting in a dark word to defend humanity against a threat they’re unaware of.

A group of young people see the threat and investigate it, only to find out it’ssomething that can destroy the world. Since they are the only ones who can see this, it is up to them to save it.

Leading them to discover the strangers within themselves and secrets never told.

Secrets Beyond the Moon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084LGDW7L/

CHAPTER TWO

 

A black streak tore across the suite as Buddy barked. Jasper’s eyes opened to determine what was transpiring. Buddy’s head swung Jasper’s way as he sprinted up the bed and started washing her face. “Good morning to you too, Boy, are you yelling at that cat again?” She snickered to herself, “Is he in here being a brat?” Just then, she realized it was Tuesday morning. Today was the day they were exploring the city, watching for more people with the shifting faces. In some ways it was interesting, but also a little eerie. Maybe they could find some answers today, she hoped. She put on her clothes and placed her hair up in an elastic. Jasper headed to the kitchen to see Isabel, who was always up early.

Isabel was out on the patio with her mug of coffee. Jasper took a coffee and went to join her, “Morning Isabel.” Isabel glanced over and smiled. “Look at this view. You would never know anything was happening in this city. I watched the news this morning, probably shouldn’t have, but I did. They found a couple more bodies this morning in the same place. They killed the victims in unusual ways; however, all of them had white hair and a look of terror on their faces. Don’t you feel there’s something strange about the way these dead bodies are showing up? I mean, they murdered one with a chainsaw and had paint all over his body, his face done up like a clown. The additional two casualties were either drowned or run over by a huge truck. The killer must sit there striving to come up with new ways to kill people. Oh, and get this, they discovered a fellow roaming the streets this morning, they have him in custody. He alleges to have no memory of who he is or where he is from. They have identified four cases this month.” Jasper’s eyes expanded, “Where do you get all your information from? I’m certain they didn’t show all this on the news.” Isabel shook her head, “No. Loretta told me. She’s been examining the corpses all day .”

Jasper’s jaw dropped open. “You mean the city coroner? Isn’t that Jake’s ex-girlfriend?” Isabel picked up her coffee cup and headed to the door. “Yup! That’s who I’m talking about.” Jasper, now wide-eyed, followed Isabel in the house. Does she know what’s going on?” Isabel shook her head. “No, she said they’re connected to each other, and it’s undoubtedly by the same perpetrator.” Jasper sighed as she grasped the dog’s and cat’s food to feed them. Both were doing circles around their dishes, eager to be fed. So, she must be okay with your liking Jake, are you guys an item now?” Isabel grinned, “He asked me to be his girlfriend last night just before we hung up. He told me I’m all he thinks about and that thinking of me gets him through his day. I have never felt more alive, then when I am talking to him.” Jasper grinned, “I knew it. You two are meant for each other, I could sense it all along.” Pouring the kibble into the pet’s dishes, she shifted and peered at her best friend. “Jake’s a decent man, he has been like a brother to me. I’m glad he found you, and I’m ecstatic for you. Isabel smiled, “Thank you. I think he’s the right guy for me, but only time will tell.” Jasper nodded then danced off to get ready for her day.

Just as Jasper was finishing blow-drying her hair, the telephone began ringing. Diving into her bed, she replied,

“Hello?”
Jake was on the other end. “Hey, it’s Jake. What are you

doing?”
Jasper flopped on her back and replied, “I’m getting

ready for our outing later.”
Nearly dropping the receiver, Jake muttered, “All right.

I’m driving, so I’m turning off this phone. I’ll be there shortly.” Jake hung up.

Grabbing an elastic for her hair, Jasper shouted down the hall, “Jake’s on his way! He’ll be here soon!” Jasper grasped her bag and started to load it with the material that she needed for the day. She commenced wondering how many of those peculiar yet eerie people she’d get to see if any.

What if one of those hair raising people were to sit down next to her? Oh, my God! There were so many what-ifs. A little concerned, Jasper went out to find Isabel. She was done getting ready and now at the table, reading a newspaper while waiting for Jake. “Isabel, how are you feeling about today?” Isabel glanced up and muttered, “I’m a little nervous yet excited to see what you guys saw. I took a glimpse at the videos Jake informed me about. They’re so odd. Is this what you guys see?” Jasper looked at her. “Yeah, that’s what we see. It transpires so rapidly you virtually can’t blink.” Placing the newspaper down, Isabel glanced up and uttered, “Keep your phone on today, Jasper; that way, I can text you. We might not want to speak about this in public, especially if it turns out to be something dangerous.” Just then, there was a knock at the door.

Jake sat on the doorstep, waiting for the girls. He knew by just knocking they would know it was him. The sky was unsettled. There was a battle going on among the sun and the clouds. If the clouds win, they could be stuck with an extremely wet day, but there was forever a chance the sun could overthrow the shadows, and the day could turn beautiful. Both girls tumbled out the door. “Hey,” said Isabel. Jake beamed as he observed her approach him. “You look nice. He smiled then headed towards the car. “So, who’s covering where today?” Isabel took in the front seat and put on her seatbelt. “How about someone takes the West Side Mall, and someone watches the square by the courts?” Jake smiled, “All right. I’ll examine the mayor’s department and the neighbouring part of town.” Jasper grinned and declared, “I’ll cover the mall.” Both Isabel and Jake nodded in agreement. Buddy jumped in, claiming the window seat. He loved it when they went for a ride in the car. Buddy had been to the mall numerous times. It was helpful being so small; people never seemed to care if he went shopping with Jasper. She always brought his bag with her, so he had a place to sit while she did her thing.

Jake dropped the girls at their destination, but not before reminding Isabel how thrilled he is that she agreed to be his girlfriend. This made her grin ear to ear; finally, something in her life felt right. Jake grabbed her hand and softly kissed her fingers one by one, then smiled. He watched as she walked off into the crowd then headed to the mayor’s office. He wasn’t sure what excuse he had for hanging around there for any length of time but was sure he could think of one. Finding a spot to park, Jake pulled in and turned the car off. Leaning back, he wondered to himself. What Pandora’s box had they opened? He never imagined he would see the day people

could make their appearance vary. What if reptile people are living among them, and who the hell would believe us?

Jake hopped out of the automobile and continued to the mayor’s building, softly waggling his head. Peering around, he noticed a number of people relaxing on benches sipping espresso and chattering. Nothing strange about that, Jake thought. Strolling over to a nearby booth, he peered at the attendant. “I’ll have a double, double, please.” The fellow quickly made his coffee for him. After paying the dude, Jake hunted for a quiet place to sit, someplace he could observe his surroundings. Thankfully, the sky agreed on sunshine, so the day was turning out to be beautiful. Relishing his coffee, he gaped around, questioning if he could trust his eyes. How many of these people strolling by were who they suggested being? He drew a strong breath and continued to people watch.

Meanwhile, Isabel was relaxing at a little table in the centre of the square. She had picked up a paperback, although it was not her favourite; she didn’t want to get distracted when she needed to be alert. The hostess of the cafe in the square had just served her a delicious hot mug of coffee. It smelled like heaven on this exquisite day. Resting and reflecting, Isabel wasn’t sure how this worked. It’s not like there are rules inscribed for studying humans. She decided she would peek over the threshold of her novel, so she didn’t look rude while simply staring. Numerous people marched throughout the square every day; it was the centrepiece of the municipality. It led to several offices and ordinarily served as a businessman’s break room. Being from this city, she wasn’t a newcomer to the corporate world. She was a second-grade teacher; however, her older sibling Hank operated with the business crowd, being a prosecutor, that is. Isabel recognized some faces as they scurried by in a rush to get back to work. Just then, her receiver beeped. It was Jake texting her.

 

Jake: “Hey, Isabel, anything yet?”
Isabel: “It’s silent here, how about there?”
Jake: “Yeah, here, too, but it’s been only a brief time.” Isabel: “Yup, going to sit here and absorb the sun. I wish

we were sitting here together, though. It’s always better when you are around.”

Jake: “I agree, wish I was there too. Maybe tonight we can hang out, I don’t want to wait for the weekend.”

Isabel: “all right, talk later.”

Isabel: “Certainly! I can cook for us all and then we can snuggle up and check out a movie?”

Jake: Okay, sounds ideal. Let me know if you see anything.

Jasper stood, glancing at some clothes hanging by the door of a local store. They marked the price tags fifty percent off and had a charming floral pattern on them. She reminded herself that she was not there to shop; she was there to people watch. Moving on, she peered about. Folks were hurrying through the mall in each direction. There were a few times Jasper did a double-take to see if they seemed unusual, but it spun out to be a false alarm. Spotting a place to sit, she placed Buddy on her lap. “What do you think, Boy? Notice anyone who seems o$eat?” Hugging him, she peered around. There was a lady in a suit. She was tall and was leaning against the pillar. She was chatting to a gentleman who was even taller than she was. Jasper knew it wasn’t nice to stare, yet something about them appeared odd. Just then, it appeared, and not only one, but both their faces transformed. Jasper gasped. Not being able to take her eyes off them, she watched. The woman’s face hadn’t changed back yet, her tongue flickered. Quirking her head to the right, her mouth fell open. What the hell did I just see! She mused the notion of opening up her phone but decided against it. Instead, she sent both Jake and Isabel a text:

 

Guys, I saw what we were watching for… though this time, I noticed more than one.

She placed her phone down, not bothering to check to see if they have text back. She didn’t want to lose track of the couple. They were business folks, just like the man outside the cafe. Jasper seized her phone and held it as if she was staring at it and promptly snapped a shot of the two. She got up and strolled in their direction. Jasper glanced at the woman and questioned, “Pardon me. Are you Melanie House?” The lady looked at her and responded, “No, Sorry.” Jasper stared her right in the eyes and proceeded, “Oh, I’m very sorry. I presumed you were her, my mistake.” Buddy started to growl; it was something he never did before. Drawing him closer, Jasper turned and stepped away. When she looked the lady right in the face, her irises turned to a silverish colour, and the slits of her eyes shifted. It was weird, and Jasper felt she had enough.

Isabel had been sitting long enough, so she got up to stretch her legs. Grabbing her purse and her novel, she started to walk over towards the river. While walking, a young man bumped into her, knocking her book out of her hand. As both of them leaned over to pick it up, she noticed a tattoo on his neck. Isabel remembered seeing it before but from where? Smiling, she took her book from him. “Thank you,” she answered in a soft tone. As she walked away, she started to feel a little dizzy and reached for a nearby tree. Leaning against it, her mind flashed to a situation she didn’t recognize. All she could perceive was a man with that exact tattoo. The guy in the vision appeared different from the one she had bumped into. This one wore a mysterious dark robe,

and there was something strange about him, but she couldn’t put her finger on it. The vision vanished as fast as it came.

Catching her breath, she peered around. Pulling out her phone, she called Jasper. It didn’t take her long to answer.

“Hey? Jasper, it’s Isabel. How are things there?”
Jasper murmured into the phone, “I’ve had enough. I’m ready to go home. Can you and Jake come to get me? If not,

I’m taking the bus!”
Isabel looked around as she whispered back. “I had

enough too. I’ll get a hold of Jake, and we will come to get you. Wait outside by the market entrance.”

After hanging up the phone, Isabel texted Jake:

“Hey! We’ve had enough. Can you get us and take us home? Jasper is by the mall entrance, and I’ll meet you where you dropped me off.”

Jake responded, “All right.”

He wondered if the girls had had a morning like he did, as some relatively unusual stuff had developed. He knew something was going on in the city, but what exactly, he was not sure. As he headed off to get the girls, he thought to himself. I can’t wait to get back to the house. I need to tell them what I saw, but even he had trouble believing it. Driving away, his hands trembled. He shook his head in dismay.

After returning to the house, all three of them plopped down on the living room furniture. They all sat there in silence, as they did while driving home. None of them understood what they witnessed or what it meant. Jake sat next to Isabel, holding her hand while he recalled what he saw. Her skin was soft, and the touch of her hand was comforting. He wanted to tell the girls about his day, but the words wouldn’t leave his mouth. His world suddenly felt as if it was on a rollercoaster. He remained profoundly still for the moment, as he continued to process what he had seen. Isabel reached over and clutched the remote, then switched the television on. “We’ll talk about all of this later. I’m making chicken tonight with a salad to go with it. Do you want to stay, Jake?” Jake lifted his head, “Yes, I’d love to. Sounds yummy!” He smiled as he ran his fingers along the side of her hand. The three of them laid back and stared at the television for a bit, with few words spoken. Isabel got up and went to the kitchen when the commercials began to play. A News broadcast flashed across the screen.

Just coming to me from live downtown, the reporter emphatically stated, two more bodies have been found in front of the police station. The police are requesting witnesses to come forward. If anyone has seen anything, please speak up; they are offering a large reward for any information.

The commercials proceeded, and both Jake and Jasper stared at each other. Jake shook his head. “What is this world coming too! It used to be safe, but now it’s no more o$eat than a game of roulette. Who’s next?” Jasper didn’t want to agree, but she knew he was right. “I don’t know, Jake. All I know is I want to wake up and find out it was merely a nightmare.” Jake nodded in agreement. Moments later, Isabel drifted back to the living room. The three of them sat watching the television for the rest of the afternoon.

When dinnertime came, the residence smells like a dream. Isabel had been cooking since she was a little girl, it was something she found relaxing. Jasper would always say that Isabel could cook a feast with her eyes shut. This would still make Isabel laugh. As she set the table, Isabel announced to the others, “Dinner is ready, Guys. I hope you’re hungry.” Both Jasper and Jake jumped up and rushed to the table. They had to suffer from the aroma of her cooking all afternoon. The three of them sat eating. It was apparent they had a lot on their minds. Jake glanced at both girls and said, “This has been quite a day. I’m not sure about you, but I’ve been avoiding this conversation. I couldn’t wait to tell you when I was out, but the more I thought about it, the crazier it sounded. But we certainly need to talk about it.” Jake reached under the table and took Isabel’s hand. “This is delicious.” Isabel smiled, “Thanks. You know,” she continued, “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking since earlier, and none of this makes sense to me. Down at the square, I sat and sipped on coffee for a bit, enjoying the magnificent sunshine. I was so relaxed, and nothing appeared out of sorts. After an hour or two of just sitting around, I got up and went for a walk. I crashed into a man. Well, he bumped into me, but that’s not the important thing. He had a tattoo on his neck. It looked like some kind of ancient symbol. A few minutes later, I got very dizzy, and some sort of vision occurred. It was strange; I can’t explain it. But the guy I saw during this had a tattoo very similar to the guy I banged into. He was wearing a dark, mysterious robe. He differed from the guy I bumped into, not sure how, but the vision left as rapidly as it came. It honestly bothered me, though, left negative feelings with me all day. As for seeing someone’s appearance change, that didn’t happen. I’ve had visions like that before, but none so unsettling.” Just as he was finishing his last bite, Jake set his fork and knife down. “That sounds peculiar and very unsettling, but I think I have one up on you. I was sitting and having a coffee as usual, and yes, I saw one person’s appearance change, but that’s not what was boggling to me. Seconds later, after I saw them, I turned around, and a fellow in a suit was walking by. He looked identical to me! I mean, he literally looked like me! For a minute or two, it almost seemed like the world around me ceased, like they froze it. I glanced around, thinking perhaps someone was playing a cruel joke. When I looked back, the man had turned into a woman. Talk about unsettling!” Jasper’s mouth was hanging open by now as she spoke and shared what she saw during the day, “I saw two of them at the mall, not as extreme as that, but I took a deep breath then went up to them and spoke. I looked the woman right in the eyes, and for a second, they flickered then switched to silver. They looked almost lizard-like.” The three of them all stared at each other, none of them felt at ease. Isabel got up and started clearing the table. Jasper got up and help.

Reaching back and rubbing his sore neck, Jake looked over at the girls. “This isn’t normal. Something doesn’t feel right about the whole situation. For the first time in my entire life, I don’t feel in control because I don’t know how to deal with this situation.” Isabel knew Jake his whole life, for him to feel this way, it had to be grave. “I’ll make coffee, Jake. Go sit and relax in the living room. We can discuss it more then.” Leaning in, she whispered to Jasper, Isabel added, “Go sit with him. He’s trying to figure out this whole situation, and it just will not happen… not yet.” Jasper nodded and headed to the living room to sit with Jake. Isabel finished tidying the kitchen and put on the coffee. She reminisced about the events of the day. There were so many impossible things happening, forcing them to open their eyes. How could they turn away knowing it could be connected to all the stress occurring in the city? She prepared the coffee and headed to the living room.

Laying the coffee on the table, she sat down next to Jake and sighed, “Guys, you both need to take a deep breath; all of us do. We all agree that something weird is happening to us. Jake, this must be hardest on you. As a psychiatrist, they

taught you, things are a certain way. Well, now you have to look beyond that and go with your gut.” Scowling, Jake sat up and responded, “I know you’re right, but there is nothing natural about this. Who are these people, and why do they change? I’ve heard stories about shapeshifters, but until now, that’s all they have been is stories. We don’t even know if they are threatening or not. Is there a connection with what’s happening in this city, or if this is a coincidence? Jasper, when you hear the voices, is the man in the suit nearby? Have you seen him at all during that time?” Jasper thought about it. “Perhaps, I never really gave it a thought before, but it’s something I’ll pay attention to in the future. I get the term shapeshifter, being able to shift appearances, but by changing their looks, does that make them dangerous?” Jake shook his head, “No, but we only know the rumours about shapeshifters because that’s all the stories told us. What if there is more this? Could they be behind all these slaughters and disappearances in the city? Oh my God, what if!”

“Enough of the what-ifs!” yelled Isabel. “Get a hold of yourself. You need to let go of the doctor part of you, for now, and just be you.” She reached over and took his hand, clasping it tightly. “Today, you believe in anything and everything. Okay?” Jake agreed, “How did you get so wise?” Isabel laughed. Jasper laid her head back on the couch and bit her lip. “So, what do we do now? It’s not like we can pretend we saw nothing and just go on living a normal life. Besides, how long will it be before we show up dead or missing, just like every other victim in this city!” Isabel stared at Jasper. She felt a little worried. After all, this was a girl who loved her city as much as she loved life. Walking over to her, Isabel leaned over and hugged Jasper, “We’ll be just fine. We’re in this together, and we’ll deal with this together.” Looking back at Jake, Isabel said assertively, “I don’t want you being alone tonight. You can stay in the guest room. I’m not taking ‘no’ for an answer.” Jake nodded. The three of them sat in silence for the longest time, then one by one headed to bed.

 

Morning came, the day was dark as the thunder roared through the sky. Jasper opened her eyes and listened to the rumbling for a moment before reaching over and petting Buddy. “Hey, Boy, think perhaps we should stay in bed today? Maybe we might just stay here for the rest of our lives?” Buddy jumped up and started licking her face. Leaning forward, he rubbed his face against hers. “I love you too, Boy.” Jasper got up, put on her clothes, and thrust her hair up in an elastic. It was cool in the house this morning, so grab- bing a sweater, she headed to the hall to turn up the heat. Jasper could smell the coffee before she even got to the kitchen. Isabel must be up, she thought. Both she and Jake were sitting at the table. Isabel was reading the paper and drinking coffee while Jake was on the phone, cancelling his appointments for the week. This will be a long day, thought Jasper.

Grabbing a coffee, Jasper walked over to the window. The skies were rough looking. The atmosphere resembled how she felt. She had hoped that when she woke up, the answers would be waiting for her, but she still felt hopeless and empty with no answers. She took out her phone and googled shapeshifter. Not a lot came up, except the ability to shift appearance. How does this help? She thought. I mean we already know they can do that. What am I missing? Her thoughts continued. What if they’re connected to the deaths, and they commit these murders as different people each time?

We would never catch them then. Jasper’s eyes widened as she drank the rest of her coffee. Heading over to Isabel, she asked, “Anything in the paper today?” Isabel glanced up, “Nothing you want to know about.” Taking a deep breath and exhaling aloud, she sat back. “Things have gotten worse out there. Three planes crashed last night. The security checks are not working, so they’ve put a ban on flying. It is not just occurring here; this is happening everywhere. The mayor is holding a meeting today, and from what I hear, he’s thinking about settling a curfew in order. So many individuals are going missing or dying every night. This isn’t natural. All these deaths! This is more serious than what a serial killer would even do. I’m almost to the point of giving up reading the newspaper. Every day is more severe than the day before. I don’t know how yet, but I think this is all connected.” Jasper leaned down next to Isabel’s chair, “I think you’re right. We need to figure out what’s taking place and what we need to do. I have some money saved. I will take some time off from work. It’s challenging to concentrate on things the way they are.” Isabel nodded, “That sounds like a good idea. My job seems to be on hold, anyway. The parents are keeping the children home, not that there is any left. It terrifies them to take their eyes off of them, and I don’t blame them.” Jake placed the phone down on the table and joined the conversation, “I took some time off from work myself. This situation is a priority at the moment. So, you both think it connects this to all the homicides and missing folks?” Both girls nodded. “Well, then we need to figure out what to do next. Isabel giggled to herself, “Welcome back, Jake.”

A few hours had passed, and the day seemed sullen. Relaxing on the couch, Jasper pulled out her sketchbook. She found it relaxing when she sketched. Scanning through it, she noticed that there was an abundance of pictures she had in common with Isabel was adding up. Perhaps she and Isabel were connected through their dreams. Jasper wished she knew what she was drawing during these times; instead, she was just going with the flow. Leaning back against the sofa, Jasper started to draw. She remained on the couch for approximately an hour, sketching and taking her mind off all the stressful details of life.

Meanwhile, Isabel and Jake headed out to the grocery store. Isabel thought with everything going on, it might be wise to stock up for a bit. After all, who knows what’s going to happen? They had agreed that Jake would stay with them for a bit, not only so they were not alone, but they felt safer staying in a group. Neither minded being closer to each other and loved the idea. Loading up the carts, Jake glanced over to Isabel, “I have groceries at my house too. I’ll drop by my house to grab them and some of my personal stuff once we leave here.” After picking up a large bag of dog food, Isabel’s eyes scanned the cat food section. “Yeah, that sounds good. I like the idea of you staying over, makes me feel safe, plus we get to see more of each other. Perhaps we can check online tonight and see if there have been any other sightings. So, make sure you take your laptop.” Jake seized the bag of dog food from her hands and put it in the cart. “He reached over and brushed the hair off her face, “That sounds like a place to start.”

It took a few hours, but they eventually completed their responsibilities and headed back to the house.

The groceries remained on the kitchen floor as Isabel stood in the kitchen, inserting everything in its place. She knew they would overcrowd it, but it was better to have too much than to be without when in need. There had to be others who had seen this stuff, she thought to herself. We can’t be the only ones.

In the living room, Jasper was resting on the couch, chat- ting on the phone. Faith had called, wondering why she had not seen the girls. Their smiling faces lit up the café, especially on grey cloudy days. “The cafe is empty today,” said Faith. “I might just close it. Do you want any company?” Jasper loved it when she came to visit. She was pleasant and entertaining but then considered everything going on. It just wasn’t a good day. “Perhaps not today,” she replied. “I’ll call you later this week, and then we’ll get together.” She hung up the phone and placed it on the table next to her and went to the kitchen.

“Isabel, did you guys grab more coffee while you were out?” Spotting it on the counter, Isabel added, “Oops! Never mind. I see it.” “Where’s Jake?” Jasper asked inquisitively. Isabel turned and looked at Jasper. “He’s putting his stuff away. I’ve asked him to stay with us for a bit. I figured it would be safer for all of us. Oh, and I came up with the idea of doing a search on the internet. Now we can see if there’s anything out there is related to what we’ve seen. Perhaps someone else has some information.”

While peering out the window, Jasper noticed that a considerable amount of neighbours were away. Some have been found dead, but others were just missing. The neighbourhood felt empty without them. “Do you think it will ever get back to normal around here?” she questioned.

Jake sauntered out into the living room, carrying his laptop. All he could think about was surfing the internet to see if anyone had more information about the shapeshifters. There has to be someone who has seen something. We can’t be the only ones in the entire world, could we? He thought to himself. Jake opened his browser; he paused for a moment before typing in shape-shifting. What would someone think if they saw me googling this? He laughed as he pressed enter. A large selection of sites appeared in front of him. Some sites advertised mattresses that shift to fit your shape; others were weight loss sites. There were two, though, that sounded different from the rest. One was a forum with the topic shapeshifters, and the other was a book written by RH Henry called Shifters Among Us. He went to the forum first, thinking maybe he would find others who had seen stuff. The panel had tons of areas to look in, but one stuck out. It read, has anybody else seen them? Clicking on it, Jake examined the contents of the post:

Everywhere I look, they’re there. I think they are shapeshi!ers. Not that I’m sure of what that actually is, but whatever they are, they are everywhere.

Jake called for the girls, “You won’t believe what I found!” Both of them came running into the living room. Jasper leaned over to see what Jake was looking at. “What did you find?” she asked curiously. He turned his laptop so both girls could see what he was looking at. This person has seen them too. There are a few people on here that have. Clicking on reply, he typed in, we’ve seen them as well. Do you know anything about them? We are in Richmond, BC. Where are you? Pressing enter, he looked back at the girls.

“Perhaps we can get an answer to what’s happening. It might take a bit for an answer.” Jake switched over to the site with the book. It was an e-book about shapeshifters, and what one man had seen. Jake filled out the information required and downloaded the manuscript. He figured he could sit and read this while waiting for an answer on the forum. He put his feet up on the table and leaned back then motioned for Isabel to come to sit with him. Both sat snuggled close, waiting eagerly to find out if this man knew more than they did, and if so, what. Isabel smiled while lying against his shoulder, daydreaming.

Jake spent the rest of the afternoon reading while the girls went about the house doing their own thing. He wished that things were normal and that he was out to dinner or even to the movies with Isabel instead of discussing a possible threat to their lives. Nothing seemed fair about this, why wasn’t this all over the news? Surely someone higher up had noticed this. Jake let out a deep sigh and continued reading.

While sitting at the table with a cup of coffee, the girls sorted through Jasper’s sketches. They were trying to figure out which ones were connected to what was happening or if any were related to Isabel’s vision. Buddy was lying at their feet, stretched out, with not a care in the world. So far, there were a few she recognized from her dreams, but the one that stood out the most was a symbol. It was small, the shape of the moon and the sun together. It had jewels on both sides and a feather. This was the same symbol the man in the square had on his neck and in the vision she had. Isabel held the picture in her hand as she stared at it. “It’s identical, Jasper. Somehow, you and I are connected to each other. You draw my dreams. Even more, it’s attached to whatever I saw in the vision. Do you think it’s related to the shapeshifters?” Jasper knew how concerned Isabel was; however, she was always the strong one in all situations. “Our connection is good. Maybe we’re psychically linked,” she grinned. Isabel smiled too. Jasper reached over and took the sketch from Isabel. “Whatever this symbol is, I’m sure we’ll figure this out. I have no idea if it’s associated with the shapeshifters, but it’s kind of odd you had that vision while all this is happening. So, my guess is yes, it must be related.”

Later that day, Jasper stood on the terrace while having a smoke. The courtyard was part of the reason the girls chose this place. In one direction, they could observe the bridge and in the remote distance, the ocean. Either way, there was a magnificent view. She knew what was taking place was much more than mere face changing. This was something that should not be kept between the three; others required to know. Putting out her cigarette, she went into the house. Jake and Isabel sat at the table. “We got a reply from that site,” said Jake. “They said that Texas is overrun by shapeshifters. They’re reptilian-like and are somehow attached to all the murders and missing people. Folks are frightened to death and are clueless. Not too many can grasp the idea of shapeshifters being behind this all.” Glancing up at the girls, he continued, “You know what this means? This is more than a local concern. What’s going on in this city may be happening all over the world.” Jasper gasped, “Oh my God! This is crazy! What do we do?” Isabel got up to grab another coffee. “We don’t have any choice. It’s time to find others who have seen this within our city.” Jake glanced at Isabel and then at Jasper. “I read that book from the website earlier. It was unusual, but he didn’t know much more than we do. He said he believed they all appear to be linked to the government, as he’s never seen one out of a suit.” Taking a deep breath, Jasper pulled out a chair and sat down. “I was afraid of this, and you’re right, Isabel, we need to speak up. We can start at the café. I can talk to Faith tomorrow and see what she has to say about all of this. Who knows? Perhaps this isn’t such a big secret after all. Jake, do me a favour. Find all you can on this. See if you can show proof of these shifters, murders and missing people occurring elsewhere. Oh, and the plane crashes, maybe we can see where they’ve been happening- ing. I set my printer up in my room, you can use it. I’m going to go turn on the news and see if there is anything new. Then I have a few things to get ready for tomorrow to help it go smoothly. I hope we don’t come off crazy telling others what stuff we’ve seen. I’m not staying up late tonight. Tomorrow will be a long day.” They all agreed and started preparing for the next day.

 

 

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An Echo Of My Breath

An echo of my breath The sun is shining hard, yet I can’t see the light. Some days it feels as if I’m trapped beneath the dark lair of dirt.

The surface above is thick, and my echo has disappeared over time. I often wonder if Life has moved on without me or if I am the one who left.

I can hear the bell ring shifting along with the winds mood, I gave up ringing that years ago. I think I might be dead, but I don’t really know; it’s as if my soul remains locked in this box.

I can’t see a thing because it’s so damn dark, but it doesn’t stop me from trying. Somedays I can hear the sound of a woman screaming out and other days a child playing.

It’s cold and dense like my voice is, it makes me wonder if they are close by. I wait for the miracle that I pray for every day, the one where they’ll find me and tell me I’m not alone.

Yes, I think I’m dead. It feels so at least, there’s a thick wall around me keeping me hidden. I walk among the living but am never seen, do you see me?

I whisper to you, but you never hear me. Can you hear me?

I run with the wind, but it only drags me to the ground, I think it’s the chains I wear on my ankles. Can you help me take them off or are you too busy?

So, here I am all by myself beneath this dark lair. My heart it aches, my soul, it burns, and I lay here all alone. I may be dead, I may be alive, this we may never know.             

(C) NB Nicholas

http://www.gypsywriter.net/

 

 

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I am but a broken rose

Here I am a broken rose with nothing but these thorns

Never in my life have I ever wanted more.

I have the sun and the moon

But without you neither exist

My heart is in danger and my soul is at risk.

What could have been

What should have been

Echo in my heart

It’s been almost a year now

Since I put my love was pulled apart.

But every day and even when the moon falls

I can hear those words from your lips

My heartache hits the wall

Your love hunts me like a wolf

Chasing me down

With a hunger for love

Yet you’re nowhere around

What could have been

What should have been

Never will be

So, grab hold of this one track ride

And set my heart free

(C) NB Nicholas

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An Excerpt From One Of My Upcoming Books

Good morning

In some dark way, she loved him. He was sullen and temperamental, but when the lights went out, he was there. She hated it when he drank. Something in him changed, or perhaps the real him came out.  Her mother claimed it was her and that she carried a tortured soul. But she wasn’t the one tearing at another’s flesh, getting drunk off the fumes of their blood. It angered her when he inhaled from anyone but her. Some nights he ate out of anger and held no control. Those were the evenings they fought, and he would stray. He claimed he loved her too much, and his acts of betrayal were out of love. At night when he embraced her, she could see the love in his eyes. He may take their blood, but she stole his heart.

(C) Jupiter Rose

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Strangers From the Sky

So Exciting!

 Secrets Beyond the Moon will be available for your pleasure.

A Scifi fantasy mystery suspense

Secrets Beyond the Moon ~ Strangers from the sky

Jasper is from the city of Richmond, where she and her friends have discovered proof of a conspiracy. Mysterious accidents and murders keep occurring, and people keep vanishing without a trace no one knows if they are dead or alive. The residence is left without answers, even the police are left feeling stunned.

The locals believe it’s a serial killer, but others think it’s radicalism. No one knows just how widespread it is.

A group of young people see the threat and investigate it, only to find out it’s something that can eradicate humanity. Since they are the only ones who can see this, it is up to them to save the world.

Leading them to discover the strangers within themselves and secrets never told.

Here is Chapter 1 ~ Let me know if you enjoy it by commenting below.

 

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Dark clouds moved quickly across the sky as the pitter-patter of the rain hit the ground, rolling across the grey sidewalks. Jasper rushed into the doctor’s office. She was already late, even though she had never been late a single day in her life. “I’m here,” she whispered anxiously. Marcy, the secretary, looked up and smiled,” Great to see you.” Jasper looked around and spotted an empty seat near the window. As she sat down, she gazed out at the city. She moved here at twenty, fresh out of college. The municipality still looked the same as the first day she stepped into it almost seven years ago. In one direction, there was the vast blue ocean, and in the other, the rugged mountains. And in between, a playground for the children of business professionals. This is the city she learned to love and trust. She didn’t have many memories before she moved to the big city of Richmond, BC. “Jasper, you can go in now.” The secretary uttered in a soft but firm voice.

As Jasper entered Dr. Jake Davenport’s office, her eyes swung across the room until her eyes met his. “Hi, Jake.” Jake looked up at her and smiled. “Good morning, Jasper. How are you today?” Before responding, Jasper threw herself down in the chair, flopped her head to the side and then looked at Jake. “Don’t you mean, ‘How are the voices today?’ Giggling, she quickly added. “I haven’t heard them today, so today is a good day. It has been two days since they’ve spoken. Besides, they never seem to make sense. Isabel asked about you; she wanted me to find out what you are doing this weekend. So, what are you doing?” Jake grinned, “I’ll call her tonight. Let’s keep it professional in the office.”

Jasper let out a sigh, “Okay. The voices have been quiet, and I still have no idea why I’m hearing them or what they’re talking about,” she laughed softly. Jake, chewing on his pen, looked over at Jasper. Slowly removing the pen from his mouth. “It doesn’t matter if they make sense or not, we need to figure out why you hear them. This isn’t normal, yet I don’t sense any mental illness. It would be different if they were speaking to you, but they’re talking to each other. I want to be there when you hear them, so I can get a sense of the atmosphere you are in, and perhaps we can figure out where they’re coming from. What do you think about meeting out of the office?” Jasper nodded, “That’s a good idea. I’m heading to kickboxing class tomorrow, but on Wednesday, I’m working at the cafe. Maybe we can meet there?” Jake grabbed his pen and wrote it down in his book. “Sounds good. I’ll see you then.” As Jasper headed to the door, she glanced back and said, “See you then, Jake.”

The rain fell gently as Jasper slowly headed home. The sidewalks were still wet, but the skies looked forgiving as the sun gently peeked around the clouds. Jasper had a lot on her mind, and with everything going on in the city nowadays, she was always a little wary about walking by herself, especially at night. There were several reports of people missing, many later found dead. Police have been unable to solve the mystery. No one ever seems to see anything, and the crime scenes lack evidence, leaving the cops feeling frustrated, and the public frightened. Jasper refused to feel like a prisoner in the city she loved and continued living each day to the fullest. She lived in a world of her own, oblivious to her surroundings. It was as if there wasn’t a threat to the people of Richmond.  The pepper spray she secretly carried in her pocket provided her with the security she needed.

Monday and Tuesday passed quickly. It was already early Wednesday morning. The alarm was buzzing loudly as Jasper forced her eyes open. Buddy jumped up on the bed and onto Jasper, licking her face, letting her know that he was happy to see her. “Buddy, stop! Not my mouth! Ew!” Buddy heeded Jasper’s commands and lay down next to her. “It’s okay, boy. I still love you,” she said in a soft, calm voice. She jumped out of bed and headed to the kitchen. Isabel was sitting at the table with her coffee, reading the newspaper. She turned to talk to Jasper, “Morning. Breakfast is in the microwave if you’re interested.” Nookers ran across the room, meowing as if he was chasing an invisible mouse. Jasper giggled, “When did Nookers get here?” Isabel swallowed her toast. “He came last night. Jesse dropped him off before he headed out for his camping trip.” Jasper smiled and responded quietly, “Nice, it will give Buddy someone to play with for the week.”

Glancing over at Isabel, Jasper inquired, “Are you going to be at the cafe later?” Isabel quickly nodded. “Yes, there’s no school today. Too many kids missing class, I guess. It’s crazy, but have you noticed how many people are disappearing lately?” Jasper shook her head in dismay. “It’s not just the kids; every time we turn around, someone is missing. This city has turned into the Bermuda Triangle. There are a lot of crazy things happening everywhere, but I love this city, so I hope they figure out what’s going on soon. I heard another plane crashed on Monday evening. They think it’s terrorism, but they cannot prove it yet.” Isabel shook her head softly. “Whatever is going on will hopefully stop soon. You can’t tell me whoever is doing this is smarter than a whole police force put together.”

Isabel frowned. “Sure seems so. Did Jake call you? I told him you asked about him.” Isabel Smiled, “yes. He is dropping by this weekend we might catch a movie. I’m looking forward to it.” Jasper smiled, “I’m so happy you two are finally admitting you guys like each other. Now maybe you guys can just admit you are right for each other.” Isabel shook her head, “Maybe you can give dating another chance?” Jasper shook her head, “I don’t think so. I’m fussy, and until the right man comes along, I’m not interested. I’m heading into the shower and then out with Buddy. We can chat more at the cafe.” Without hesitating, Jasper headed to the shower.

The sun was shining brighter than it had been in days. Jasper and Buddy entered the park where she loved to walk him. Up ahead, she could see beautiful flowers of all colours, planted on mounds of bright green grass. Squirrels were running across the field and up the side of an oak tree. Buddy loved to stop and sniff every bush and flower, checking it out as if it were the social media world of the four-legged society. He would lift his leg and leave a message anytime he got a chance. It made Jasper laugh. She loved that little guy; he was a mixture of toy Yorkie and Pug. He wasn’t a huge dog, but he had a deep love for life and was quiet. She never had to worry about taking him anywhere; he always just lay down quietly. They spent so much time checking out all the flowers and following the squirrels as Buddy pretended to hunt them. He always thought he could catch them, forgetting about the leash wrapped around his neck. They usually watched them munch down peanuts as Jasper kept some in her pocket to feed them for their walks. About twenty minutes later, they came to the end of the park. Jasper reached down and scratched Buddy. “Did you enjoy your walk, boy? Let’s head down to the café. We’ll take a shortcut by the bridge.” Jasper walked towards the bridge with Buddy.

The smell of the ocean carried in the breeze. It was so refreshing, and it relaxed her. She couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Besides, how many places have both the ocean and the mountains within proximity? ‘Today feels like a perfect day,’ thought Jasper It’s about a twenty-minute walk there, so by the time she arrived at the cafe, it would be time for a break. Jasper sat on a rock down by the bridge. The view was spectacular. She pulled out her sketchbook and thought, ‘I should probably work on this, Buddy, since it’s due Monday.’ Jasper took an art class on Monday evenings. Most of the time, she sketched whatever came to mind, but sometimes she drew stuff for no reason at all, like stuff from Isabel’s dreams. It was freaky when she did that but cool at the same time. Jasper reached down and scratched Buddy. “Good boy, Buddy. It’s a beautiful day. It makes you wish it would last forever. Life seems easier when it’s just you and me.” She gazed out at the rolling waves, “I don’t know why Isabel is so determined to have me date, it only ever leads to trouble.” She smiled at the puppy, “Do you think there’s anyone out there for me? Probably not, but it’s all for the best, isn’t it? It’s always better when it’s just us.” Jasper leaned back against a pillar and looked at her sketchbook. “We’ll stay here for a bit then head to the cafe.” She picked up her pencil and started sketching.

Later, at the cafe, Jasper walked in, smiled and waved to Faith. “Hey, Faith, how are you?” Faith looked at her as she walked over to grab Jasper her coffee. “I was wondering if you would be in today. Isabel’s already here. She has a table near the window.” Jasper smiled and said, “Thanks,” and started walking over to the table where Isabel sat. Isabel looked up from her book and smiled. “Hey, where have you been? I figured you would’ve been here by the time I got here?” Jasper reached down and pulled out a chair. Sitting down, she replied, “Buddy, and I hit up the park, then we stopped for a while down by the bridge. I had to sketch for a bit. I have an art assignment due for class.” As soon as Jasper put her art book on the table, Isabel reached over and picked it up. Opening it to see what her best friend drew today, she gasped. “When did you draw this? This was in my dream last night.” Jasper looked at the picture. “I drew this today by the bridge. I couldn’t get the image out of my head.”

During their conversation, Jasper became distracted. Something drew her attention towards the window. Something outside caught the corner of her eye. This had happened many times before. “Isabel, did you see that? It happened again.” Isabel looked up. You mean that weird thing with the face? Jasper glared, “Yes, it looks like his face is changing.” Jasper sat looking out the window, watching the guy whose face one minute looked human, and the next minute looked like a snake. Jasper knew this was impossible, so why did she think she saw it? But then again, it’s no different from her hearing voices. “Oh, my God. I forgot I’m supposed to call Jake. He wanted to come down to the café to see if he could figure out where the voices were coming from.” Isabel looked a bit worried and, trying to comfort her friend, quietly replied, “Well, then you better call him now. Maybe he can figure out why you see the faces shift.” Jasper immediately picked up the phone and dialled his number.

The phone rang for a quick second, and suddenly she heard, “Hello, this is Jake Davenport.” “Hi. This is Jasper. I was wondering if you would like to come down to the café?” Jake paused as he looked at his calendar. “I don’t have anything happening right now. I’ll head down there as soon as possible.” Jasper hung up the phone and looked at Isabel. “I sure hope I’m not crazy.” Isabel laid her hand upon Jasper’s. “Don’t worry about it if he hasn’t found you crazy yet; he won’t think you are now.” Just then, Faith came over to see if the girls wanted a refill. “Yes, please,” Isabel said politely. Jasper nodded in agreement.

Twenty minutes later, Jake walked in the door, his eyes searching the room looking for Jasper. Walking over towards her, he announced in a firm but a polite voice, “Hey, sorry I took so long. Traffic was mad out there.” He laughed, pulled out a chair and sat down next to Jasper “So, what’s up, Girls? Are you okay, Jasper?” Jasper tried to smile, but it looked more like a grimace. “You’re going to think I’m crazy. Sometimes when I look out this window, I see people standing around, and when I watch them, their faces change.”

Jake looked a bit worried. “What do they look like?” “Well,” Jasper paused, “One minute they look human and the next minute like a snake. Tell me I’m not crazy.” Gazing out the window, Jake comforted her. “If you were crazy, I would have locked you up long ago. You’ve been coming to me for years, saying that you hear voices that speak to each other. I’ve told you that wasn’t normal, and that I’ve never seen anything like it, but I’ve always been supportive of you. So, if you say you see a man’s face change, I will sit here and watch this guy with you; if it does, we’ll see it together.”

Jasper smiled approvingly. She knew that Jake believed her, and that was all she needed. The three of them sat there for quite some time, peering out the window to see if they saw what Jasper saw. Jake was just about to give up when a guy sitting by the fountain looked up from his newspaper, and as he did, there was a glimmer on his face. He almost looked reptilian. Jake’s mouth fell open. “Oh my God, Jasper! I saw it! It’s real! But what the hell did I just see?” Isabel looked at Jake and then at Jasper. “What? Am I the only one not getting to see this?” Jake was too frazzled to answer, and so was Jasper.

The two of them sat there for the longest time. watching for the shimmer of change in an individual was like an addiction. They wanted to see how many more times they could spot this. Within that time, they noticed there was more than one. Breaking the silence, Jasper exclaimed, “What the heck are we seeing? I mean surely to God, this isn’t normal, is it? We know there’s no way everybody at this table is losing their mind.” Jake looked at Jasper “I have to head back to the office. I need to figure this out. I mean, what exactly are we seeing?” Jasper nodded. She was happy to find out she wasn’t crazy, but at the same time, she was confused about what they were seeing. Isabel grabbed Jake’s hand and said, “Before you go, you need to see this.” She picked up Jasper’s sketchbook and showed him what Jasper had drawn in the morning. Jake looked at her. “It’s nice. Good job, Jasper.” Before Jasper responded, Isabel emphatically stated, “No! No! No! That’s not the point! The point is this was in my dream last night, and I never told her about it. This seems to happen more and more, and I know this isn’t normal.” Jake looked puzzled, “We’ll figure this out.” Jake turned and headed for the door, then glanced back at the girls before he exited the café.

Jasper looked at Isabel and uttered, “I’m not even sure what this means. We have no idea if this is something that’s been around forever or if this is something new, if it’s a threat or if it’s safe. Look at all the weird things happening lately, accidents, people missing, people dying. How do we know it’s not linked to this? Do you think anybody else knows about this? I wonder if the police would even believe us?” Glaring back at Jasper, Isabel responded, “We need to leave this alone until Jake figures this out.”

Back at the office, Jake was sorting through his files. He now had other patients that claimed to see faces change, or what they called shape shifting. Until now, he didn’t really believe them. After some intense searching, Jake gathered two files together. He grabbed a piece of paper and jotted something down for his secretary. He grabbed the paper and the data and brought them to Marcy. “Please cancel all my appointments for tomorrow and get a hold of patients in these files. Have them all come in tomorrow and the next day. It’s imperative.” Showing her the paper, Jake added, “Here’s what you say.” He smiled, then turned and walked away, yelling, “Thanks, Marcy.” When he got back to his desk, he picked up the phone to call Jasper. The phone rang for a few minutes before Jasper picked up. “Hello.” Jake took a breath and told her the news. I was looking through my files and noticed that there are several people who’ve seen the same thing we did. I’m setting up appointments for tomorrow and the day after to talk to them. I need to know what they know. I’ll call you in two days. Will you be okay until then?” Without hesitation, Jasper answered, ‘Yeah, I’ll be okay, but I really wish I knew what we’re up against and why strange things are happening in the city right now. I’ll talk to you in a few days.”

Jasper hung up the phone and then looked at Isabel. “I’m heading home now.” She reached down and grabbed Buddy. Isabel piped up. “I’m coming. Just give me half a second.” She swiftly gathered her stuff together. The two girls waved to Faith and headed home.

Early the next day, right after finishing their walk, Jasper and Buddy walked into the cafe. Jasper had to write an article for work. She worked for a magazine company that featured the aftereffects of life. Topics included showing people how to get over jet lag, how to move past life hurdles, and how to make the most of the day. Writing is something she truly enjoyed doing. She grabbed a table by the window. She always sat there. Occasionally, it was taken, but more often, it was there waiting for her. Faith hurried over to her as Jasper sat down. “Hi, Hun. I’m so happy to see you.” Jasper looked up, “What’s up, Faith? You look a bit frazzled.”

Faith leaned over as if to whisper to her. “It’s John He’s gone to his brother’s place for the week. Apparently, he isn’t feeling well, so John wanted to check on him. That leaves me here alone, though, and everything happening in the city makes me nervous.” Jasper gasped, “Oh my God! Staying alone would make me nervous too. I’m blessed to live with Isabel. You should stay with us until he gets back… well, as long as you don’t mind cats. Nookers is staying with us, too, Isabel’s brother’s cat. Mischievous little devil, he’s so loving.” She laughed. Then Faith giggled, “Thank you. I’ll give that some thought.” She gave her table a quick wipe and said, “I’ll be back with your coffee in a flash.” Seconds later, she brought Jasper’s coffee to her. “Here, you go.” Jasper smiled. “Thank you.” Pulling out her laptop, she typed. She couldn’t help but to keep peeking out the window, hoping to see the strange people whose faces seemed to change; She was so confused about it all. The confusion would probably not be there if she knew what and why she saw this, but for now, she didn’t. She watched for a while but never saw what she was looking for. Quietly sipping her coffee, she got back to work.

As she approached the end of her article, she felt a little more relaxed. Suddenly, she heard a whisper in her ear. ‘Did you lock them up? Is it complete?’ She glanced around to make sure there wasn’t anyone speaking to her. By now, she was used to this. These voices in her head rumbled on and on, and it appeared as if she was overhearing a conversation. She slightly shook her head and finished her article, then headed home.

It was now Friday afternoon. Buddy and Jasper were just getting back from a walk in the park. Until now, the sky had been sunny, but the clouds had shifted in the atmosphere, making it look like it would open up and pour down. Jasper yelled up the stairs as she entered the house, “You home, Isabel? You will not believe this! The one night I choose to go out, it rains, or should I say pour! We practically ran home.” Looking down the stairs, Isabel shouted, “I made brownies. Did you want some? Maybe the weather will change before tonight. You never know.”

As Jasper was taking off her shoes, her phone rang. “Hello. This is Jasper.” “Hi, Jasper. This is Jake. I just finished the last interview with my patients, and you’re not going to believe what I have to tell you! Can we get together?” Leaning against the wall, Jasper responded, “Yeah, if you want to come over, you can. I’m just getting in. I had taken Buddy down to the park.” Taking a deep breath, Jake replied, “Okay, I’m heading over in about an hour so.” “Okay, I will see you then.” Jasper hung up the phone. She quickly headed upstairs. “Jake’s on his way over. He’ll be here in about an hour. Turns out we’re not the only ones. There are quite a few people who claim to have seen shifters. I think that’s what they call it.” Jasper flopped on the couch, then reached over and picked up a brownie. “These look great. I hope they’re as good as they look.” Smiling, Jasper took a bite.

Jake hesitantly approached the door. He was feeling a little eerie because of the whole situation. It’s not every day you uncover something so strange. Gathering himself together, he knocked on the door. “Come in!” yelled Jasper. Jake stepped in and closed the door. “It’s really wet out there. I was hoping it would slow down, but it hasn’t.” He hung his coat and headed up the stairs. Both girls were slumped on the couch. The rain had sucked the energy right out of them. Isabel picked up the remote and switched off the television. “Hey, Jake,” she smiled. Jake looked at the empty plate of brownies, noticing that only crumbs were left. “Did you save me any?” He laughed. Isabel grinned, “Of course, Silly. How long have you known me now? Um, your whole life! They’re in the fridge.” He jumped up and grabbed the brownies from the fridge, shoving one in his mouth. He plopped down into the chair. “I’ve been giving all this a lot of thought. I can’t imagine holding this inside and not having anyone to talk to about it. You must have had a hard time not feeling like you were going crazy when you saw the shift before. I mean… I know we’re not, but it feels crazy all of us seeing that together.” Jasper gazed at Jake and said, “It’s not like I don’t have a bundle of weird things in my life already, seeing a few faces just added to it. Oh, by the way, I was sitting in the cafe yesterday working, and I heard the voices again. They said, ‘Did you lock them up? is it complete?’ Do you think this all can be connected?” Putting his feet up on the coffee table, Jake laid back in the chair. His eyes had a faraway look in them. “I have no idea,” he said. “All I know is that what we saw is real. I have dozens of files of clients who claim to have seen the same thing. I didn’t believe them till you said you saw them. I feel terrible about that too.” Jasper turned over on her side to see Jake better. “You shouldn’t feel bad. How were you supposed to know something so peculiar was real? You were just doing your job.”

“You guys hungry?” Isabel asked as she sat up. Should I order some pizza, and we can chill with some movies tonight? Both Jake and Jasper nodded. Jake sat up a bit and looked at Jasper. “I noticed when I was going through the files that these sightings happened all over the city. There are even some videos on YouTube with evidence of this. Isabel, you might get a glimpse of what we see if you look on YouTube. Some of them are clear. None of the patients I spoke to know any more than what we do. I thought maybe we could do more research ourselves, maybe do a little sight-seeing throughout the city and see if we spot anything. What do you think?” Now intrigued, Jasper sat up. “I think that’s a great idea. I want to know more. We can cover more ground if we split up, but then Isabel doesn’t see them like we do.” Isabel piped up, “Yeah, but I might this time. You never know. I want to be part of this too.”

Jake waved his hand to calm her down. “Chill, we all are a part of this, and we’ll all figure this out together.” Just then, the phone rang. Isabel leaned over and picked it up. It was Faith. “Isabel, can you let Jasper know I appreciate her offer, but I’m going to rough it out for the week.” Isabel looked at Jasper. “Okay, I’ll let her know.” She hung up the phone. “Faith says, ‘Thank you for the offer, but she’s all good.” Jasper nodded then looked over at them both, “So, once we figure out if there are more of these shifters, what do we do then? I don’t know about you two, but I have no idea what to do next.” Both Jake and Isabel had a blank stare on their face, then Jake spoke. “You’re right, I have no clue what to do next either. This is way out of my field of expertise. I figure we dig deeper first, and if there are more, then we’ll figure out the next step. Have either of you considered that this could be a prank? Though I cannot imagine how they could pull it off, but what if?” Jasper sighed, “There’s no way in hell that this is a prank. To me, this does not differ from the voices.” Leaning forward with his elbows on his knees, Jake interrupted, “Then I have no clue what we’re up against. So how about Tuesday all three of us take it upon ourselves to figure it out?” The girls nodded. “I need to cancel my appointments for Tuesday. I’ll do that on Monday.” Jake leaned back and got comfortable again. “Let’s order a pizza, watch some movies and take our mind off this for a while. I don’t know about you, but I find this whole thing exhausting.” He laughed.

 

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Positive or Negative Luck

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Do you ever wonder what it’s like to walk in someone else shoes?
Do you carry a black cloud?
I always wondered what it was like to be someone else, not that I want to be, but the curiosity was there, I love who I am, but I don’t love my luck. Some might say If I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any at all.

If I was asked to choose a blender out of twenty, this is what would happen. They would give me nineteen that are in perfect shape and one that was broken: that’s the one I would choose. No, I don’t like broken blenders, but I seemed to be drawn to them. This kind of luck has followed me throughout life, and I don’t know how to get rid of it.

Have you ever had this kind of luck?

Could it be just a dark cloud?
I thought about that over the years, and I may be right, or I could be way off, but I think luck doesn’t really exist. I believe hard work gets you to where you want to be in life and without it, you get nowhere.

Do I believe in dark clouds, yes! I know because I have one.
So here is to all your hard work, may you get whatever your heart desires and be blessed with all the love and riches you can find out of life.

 

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