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The women lunch together in the back office at a large table.

Deli sandwiches are being delivered by Mike. He barks the orders out.

“Who gets the BLT? The turkey on white? The turkey on wheat? Tuna? Here. Here’s the invoice. You girls figure it out. I want to talk to Megan.”

Megan is on the telephone with a client. Mike leans on the doorway.

“Excuse me, can you hold on a minute?”

Megan puts her call on hold and looks up at Mike. He smoothes his hair and forces a smile.

“Hello, Mike. What can I do for you?”

“I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am about the passing of your husband.”

“That’s sweet of you.”

“I just wanted to tell you if there’s anything I can do –“

“Thank you Mike. I’m doing just fine.”

Mike musters up courage and comes to the point –

“The Meatpackers Union is having their annual ball Saturday night. It costs $40.00 a couple. We could split it.”

Megan is speechless. Mike decides to sweeten the offer.

“I’ll pay for gas and parking.”

“Thanks, Mike. I’m not ready. Look, I’m sorry, but I’m on the phone.”

Megan finishes her call and goes to the lunchroom. The women are hungrily eating their sandwiches and talking.

The ghost of Julius and Danny are seated at the table.

Megan is obviously annoyed about something.

“Did you hear what those women said this morning? Am I seeing anyone yet? It’s been a month.”

Annie nods.

“People think you are nothing if you don’t have a man.”

Catherine joins in, “Speaking of men, how is the divorce going, Linda?”

“Slow. Very slow. He’s back living with “the child,” you know.”

Sally asks. “What child?”

“That bimbo he’s shacked up with. She’s 20. He bought her a sable coat and then, I hear he beat her up. He does that, you know.”

Megan shakes her head sympathetically.

“A man is the last thing I have on my mind. You know how difficult Julius could be. Sometimes I feel he’s still around. And I hate to say this because you will think I am crazy, but there are times I can hear him talking to me.”

Sally looks at Megan.

“That is crazy. Julius was a good guy. A little opinionated but –“

The ghost of Julius is defensive at Sally’s remark.

Being right is not opinionated!

Catherine adds her experience.

“My mother stayed in the house after she died. I’d come home at night and I could hear her rattling pots in the kitchen. She gave me recipes in my sleep.”

The women react with astonishment at that remark.

Megan is interested in what she has to say.

“You’re kidding me! How long did she stay around?”

“For a while. I talked to a psychic about it. He said that some spirits just don’t want to leave.”

Sally is obviously uncomfortable talking about the departed.

“This is a crazy conversation. Dead is dead.”

“Then, where did I get those recipes? You know I can’t cook.”

Megan ponders that thought.

The ghost of Julius adds to the conversation.

Nobody’s dead around here. I never felt better in my life.

Sally wants to end the discussion.

“That’s what I like about being involved with my sister’s kids. No husbands, laundry, homework or chickenpox.”

Lunch is over. The women are clearing off the table.

Sally looks at Megan.

“What are you going to do with all that freedom?”

Megan hesitates and then blurts out.

“I want to get my eyes done. I feel old and worn out.”

The ghost of Julius walks out of the room. He is annoyed.

He turns to Danny who is following him.

And that, without a doubt, is the stupidest idea she ever had.

Catherine gets up from the table and cleans off her area.

“I am glad to get home to my books and my cat. By the way; I’d like you all to remember Blackie in your prayers.”

Linda looks very skeptical at the idea.

“You want us to pray for a cat?”

“My vet says he has a tumor. I hope it’s benign.”

Megan is going back to work. She turns to Catherine.

“We’ll all keep Blackie in our good thoughts.”

 

 Chapter Seven

There is a conference room which seems to be floating in the sky. It is blinding, brilliant white.

A group of shadowy white figures are sitting around a long table covered with a white tablecloth.

Danny is sitting at the far end of the table.

A man with a long white beard, who is also clothed in white, is at the head of the table.

He opens the meeting and seems to be the Chairman.

“First on the agenda is Danny. We’ve had a good week. All except you, Danny. Where is Julius?”

“This is the toughest booking of my career, Chief.”

“Have you told him that he will be happier with us here? That we will teach him how to do it over next time he in the earth plane?”

Danny tries to explain.

“You can’t tell Julius anything. This guy will not accept his life is over. He thinks he can get back into it and do things over now. He won’t even listen to me. He is very stubborn. I don’t know why I got such a difficult booking for my first assignment.”

The Chairman continues -

“You told us that after being a theatrical agent, anything would be easy. Do you want another assignment?”

“No, no. I think I can convince him but I need some time. I never give up.You have no idea of the difficult bookings I have done. This is a slightly different business being an angel.”

The Chairman has the last word.

“We’ll give you some time. But, you’ve got a clock on you, Danny. Get it done.”

 

This is an excerpt –

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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Corinne Edwards has traveled several life paths, from business owner to sales trainer, author, blogger, lecturer, media coach and TV producer.

 She is the author of A Woman Without A Man, Reflections from a Woman Alone, Low Pain Threshold, Love Waits on Welcome . . . and other miracles, Sales,Lies and Naked Truths, Are We Spiritual Yet, When Your Husband Has Died – A Survival Guide, Love On The Rocks – Bad Relationships – Good Endings and Media Creation.

 She produced and hosted 400 shows on national cable called Book Tours with Corinne Edwards for Wisdom Television.

Paul Van Name is a graduate of USC Cinema and coordinated and instructed for their program at Universal Studios, eventually joining the staff at Universal in their production department.

He has co-produced and directed more than 400 shows for Wisdom Television.

He supplemented his college costs as a feature writer for magazines and since has written many articles on the entertainment industry.

He enjoys collecting guitars and working on vintage Ford automobiles.

 Corinne and Paul hope you will enjoy our ghost story.  We thank you in advance if you will post your feedback here and comments on Amazon here.

 

If you missed Chapter One and Two, you can read them here

Chapter Three is here.

Chapter Four and Five is here

 

 

 

 

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Chapter Four

Megan is pulling into a parking space outside her travel agency. It is located in a strip mall in the outskirts of Chicago. There are posters in the window advertising various travel destinations and airlines. Halfway in, the old Lincoln stalls. She restarts the car, parks it and walks inside the agency.

A bell rings when the front door is opened. There is a main front office with four desks, two on each side, and each with a computer. Racks of brochures line the side walls. Some are curled over and look messy.

Sally sits at the front desk

“You have clients waiting for you in your office. I gave them their tickets but they want to say hello.”

“Oh, thanks, Sally.”

Megan has a private office with a larger desk and a computer. There are bookcases on the wall behind her and two chairs for clients in front of the desk.

Megan enters her office. Two elderly ladies are seated. They stand to greet her.

“So nice to see you, Megan. We came in to pick up our tickets to Florida. You look wonderful.”

The second elderly lady adds –

“So sorry to hear about your husband. What a terrible loss. How are you, dear?”

Megan starts to answer but the ladies continue to talk.

“You’re a young, attractive woman. You’ll find someone. Take my advice. Look for someone younger this time. They last longer.”

As they leave, one of the clients turns to Megan.

“Don’t wait too long. Time marches on. A woman without a man is a terrible thing.”

As the ladies turn and start to walk out, one of them asks.

“Are you seeing anyone yet?”

Megan tries not to look shocked when she answers.

“Not quite yet.”

Megan sits down and starts opening the piles of mail on her desk

 

 

Chapter Five

My husband Julius, as a stockbroker, didn’t know the travel business. But that never stopped him from coming in here after the market closed and telling everybody what to do.They did not like him.

I don’t know how many times I had to remind him. “There can be only one boss here.” He never listened.

He had nothing but distain for my employees in the travel agency. He always referred to my staff as “the zoo.”

I have to admit they were characters but it never bothered me because they got the work done. And they always helped each other if one of them was overwhelmed. I do admit they were “different.”

First there is Catherine, who is staring at her computer. She is wearing jeans, a sweater and John Lennon glasses.

Catherine is a 25 year old spinster in the making.She has clients among the wealthy Southside Irish of Chicago so she is a valuable employee. But she booked a sick man who was going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota into Rochester, New York, so she has to be watched.

Catherine (looks up as though remembering)

“I was so happy when I got him on a nonstop flight.”

The roar of a motorcycle is heard outside. Nick is seen through the glass front door taking off on his Harley. Annie walks into the office and takes her seat.

Annie used to teach kindergarten. She has had a series of boyfriends - motorcyclists – who kept.her up late. She doesn’t ride one herself. I think she just likes the “Macho” attitude they have.

Sally always has something to say.

“A nice girl like you shouldn’t be hanging around with scooter trash”.

“He’s not scooter trash. Nick is a member of the Hell’s Angels. That’s like royalty.”

Sally picks up a telephone call.

Sally runs the show around here. We don’t know much about her personal life except she’s been divorced and is very involved with her sister’s kids. She has a clientele of Russian immigrants. No one can handle them but her.

Sally is talking to one of them.

Wait, wait, and listen to me. This is the cheapest fare. Did I get you a good deal to Fort Lauderdale last year? Do I take care of you? Listen! And what about your sister? Did I get her a cabin on the cruise ship really cheap?”

Linda is arriving at the office. She stumbles and almost falls. Linda is involved in a messy divorce and sometimes has an over medication problem. She is always complaining about something.

“We’ve got to fix this carpet. It’s dangerous.”

Catherine answers.

“Megan already had it fixed.”

Linda sits down at the third desk.

Harriet is sitting behind Sally filing her nails.

Harriet is married to Shelley.She is a compulsive talker and will continue a conversation with you even if you leave the room.

“Last night I made such a wonderful roast. Shelley doesn’t make me cook. But I said to Shelley –“

Sally interrupts her.

“Please. I’m trying to concentrate”

So, that’s the group. Believe or not, we actually do some business although it has been a little slow around here.

I am hoping bookings will pick up soon. I’ve been out a lot because Julius has been so sick. But, I’m back in the saddle again.

 

This is an excerpt –

For the whole book, please go to Amazon to order. here

It is available in Kindle and Paperback

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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Corinne Edwards has traveled several life paths, from business owner to sales trainer, author, blogger, lecturer, media coach and TV producer.

 She is the author of A Woman Without A Man, Reflections from a Woman Alone, Low Pain Threshold, Love Waits on Welcome . . . and other miracles, Sales,Lies and Naked Truths, Are We Spiritual Yet, When Your Husband Has Died – A Survival Guide, Love On The Rocks – Bad Relationships – Good Endings and Media Creation.

 She produced and hosted 400 shows on national cable called Book Tours with Corinne Edwards for Wisdom Television.

Paul Van Name is a graduate of USC Cinema and coordinated and instructed for their program at Universal Studios, eventually joining the staff at Universal in their production department.

He has co-produced and directed more than 400 shows for Wisdom Television.

He supplemented his college costs as a feature writer for magazines and since has written many articles on the entertainment industry.

He enjoys collecting guitars and working on vintage Ford automobiles.

 Corinne and Paul hope you will enjoy our ghost story.  We thank you in advance if you will post your feedback here and comments on Amazon here.

If you missed Chapter One and Two, you can read them here

Chapter Three is here.

 

 

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