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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

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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.

 

 

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The funeral service has ended. The widow, her sister and her teenage son, Alex, are walking toward a limousine for the funeral procession.

Alex whispers to his mother.

“Do you think I should apologize to everyone Dad insulted?”

“No, Alie. People only remember the good things. Besides, it would take too long.”

“So, what should I say to everybody?”

June answers him, “Just say, “thank you for coming.”

As they are about to get into the limousine, Irving, the assistant funeral director pulls Megan aside.

“Yes?“

“This may be the wrong t-time to ask you, but are you-seeing anyone?”

Megan looks horrified and gets into the car. Behind Irving, the ghost of Julius appears. He flicks his cigar ash in Irving’s general direction.

Gettatahere you PUNK. She’s way out of your league.

Another figure appears behind the ghost of Julius.

Danny is a short, rotund “angel” wearing a wrinkled suit and a battered fedora. His job is to escort Julius to the other side He arrives flustered and out of breath.

Where have you been? I thought you were right behind me and when I looked you were gone. I’ve got such a headache over this.

Who the hell are you?

I’m Danny. I’m your agent.

Agent?

Some of the people over here call themselves angels but this is my first job.

Since when do I need an agent?

We take you over to the other side. You don’t live on earth anymore.

I’m not going anywhere with you. Now, scram!

I’m going to have to report this to The Committee. You are screwing up their statistics.

Danny takes his cell phone out of his pocket.

We got problems here. You told me this was an easy booking.

 

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

gHOST PICTURE 150x150 A GHOST WITHOUT A LIFE   Chapter Three

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

 

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