Shadows of the Past by Shea Balik

Shadows of the Past by Shea Balik


Author:Shea Balik [Balik, Shea]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2018-01-30T05:00:00+00:00


For several minutes Kassian froze at the request. No. Not a request, for Hudson hadn’t asked, he’d demanded. Okay, demand might be an overstatement, but it felt like it. If Kassian could spend the rest of his life without talking about his family again, he would.

Hell, that’s exactly what he’d been doing for the last seventy-three years. What gave Hudson the right to make such a request?

“Hey.” Hudson hand reached out and cupped Kassian’s face. He leaned in and for a moment Kassian was sure Hudson planned on kissing him, but instead pressed their foreheads together until all he could see were those piercing blue eyes staring back at him.

“You don’t have to talk about that day, yet. But I think talking about the good times with them might help.” Hudson’s lips curved in a slightly crooked smile. “Did you know that Mila showed herself to me shortly after we arrived in Miracle?”

His breath caught in his throat. “You’ve seen my sister? With your eyes?” Kassian would do anything for that chance. The thought of Mila allowing someone else to see her and not him, cut him deep.

“Not exactly.” Hudson leaned back and took a bite of his pie. His eyes closed as if he were savoring it. “I’m what you might call a ghost hunter. It’s more of a hobby than a job, but I have equipment that is able to read varying temperatures and put them on a screen.”

When Kassian’s mouth opened in astonishment, Hudson shoved some of the pie on his fork in. Sweet apples coated his taste buds. He gave a moan of pleasure as his eyes closed of their own volition. It was too good not to enjoy the experience fully.

“Good, right?” Hudson asked.

Not about to rush swallowing so he could talk, Kassian nodded. He heard Hudson chuckle as well as the scrape of the fork against the plate, most likely another bite for Hudson. But when he opened his eyes, Kassian found the fork right there before his lips. He didn’t hesitate to take the offered bite.

“Spirits emit a very cold temperature, and I’m able to capture that on the screen.” Not quite sure what a screen was, Kassian wasn’t sure what to say to Hudson’s explanation. “So, in effect, I see them on the screen but it is nothing more than a white image caused by their thermal output.”

“In other words, Mila didn’t physically appear to you.” It was childish but Kassian hoped he was right. If Mila was going to show herself, he wanted it to be to him.

“Exactly.” Hudson shoved another forkful of pie in his mouth, finishing off one of the pieces. Then he set it down on the table next to the couch and picked up the other plate.

He gave Kassian the next bite. It was weird having someone feed him like his mother had when he’d been a toddler. So why was he enjoying it?

“Mila may not have shown herself, but she did lead me and some of my friends on several merry chases.


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