I have to say I’ve been too busy moving all my classes online to be either anxious or depressed but I’m nearly done with that. It’ll be interesting to see how I fare after that. I’ve never done well with inactivity but I’m good with not leaving the apartment.
I’m picking up where I left off in These Haunted Hills after Josh asked Brendan to go looking for a hidden haunted cemetery at the murder hotel (while they’re eating dinner). Here’s the answer. It’s definitely over 6 sentences because there was no good way of breaking this and making sense of the scene. Hope you don’t mind.
“Sure. I could do it tomorrow. How about you?”
Brendan stabbed up some salad, chewing thoughtfully before asking, “Can I ask you about the twins and the whole aura thing.”
“I heard about what they said to you. I hope they didn’t upset you,” Josh said quickly.
“No, not at all. I’m not sure I believe in auras. DO you?”
Josh made a face, setting aside his fork. “I’m on the fence but Hoshi and Kasumi are true believers. There seems to be evidence both ways so when it comes to something that ambiguous, I tend to remain on the side of the skeptic.”
“I guess if there’s anything to it, they could certainly be right about me. I looked it up. Gold in theory denotes creativity. I am that.”
“And the black, hell my life has been dark ever since I first heard Connor had cancer.” Brendan sighed, touching his pendant. “I am trying to be objective about this because on the face of it, it can be exactly what I’ve always feared about psychics. I’m a public figure. At least authors aren’t movie star level of celebrity. Even so, Connor’s death, our grief played out publically. That was the salt in the wound.’ He paused, trying to gather his courage. “My point is, they could easily have known and tailored their response to fit what they knew.”
“Agreed but I can’t see them doing that. Of course, they’re my friends so I wouldn’t want to see that.”
Josh’s distress upset Brendan. “I’m not suggesting they did. Please don’t think that. I’m just working through the idea that some psychics can and do do things like that. Kasumi and Hoshi had no real reason to try and trick me. I wasn’t paying them for a reading. There was no real reason to say anything to me unless they were concerned or had some underlying reason for it.” Brendan new they could have. They might have been buttering him up before offering to contact Connor for him and he’d jump at that. He doubted Josh would approve.
“They don’t this work for pay if that helps.”
“It does. I just thought it was interesting is all,” Brendan said. That was true and it might be a good place to leave it. He didn’t want to upset Josh. He remembered Josh’s hesitation when they first met as if he feared Brendan only wanted to hire him so they could contact Connor and hadn’t been happy about that idea. That was a conversation for another day.
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