Here’s a Flash Fiction surprise! “You Summoned Me”

They sat immobile, watching the ethereal form creep slowly toward them. Though small in stature, the dark entity had a presence that filled the room. Its eyes were golden; they glowed—like a fire had been lit within their center. As it cocked its head slightly to the right, those eyes looked directly at Mark. It began to gain density and move deliberately. Its stride was effortless. It appeared to float toward the couple. The room was eerily silent.

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The intercom buzzed. Irritated at the interruption, Mark punched the reply button, and snapped, “What is it?”

“Sorry to bother you, Mark,” his secretary replied, “Erin is on the line. She said it’s important. Shall I put her through?”

“Thank you, Marion.” He answered. “I didn’t mean to bark at you.”

He could sense her smile when Marion said, “No problem. Here’s Erin.”

Now it was Mark’s turn to smile. Erin had that effect on him.

“Hey, what’s up? Is there any chance you’d be able to get out of the office early? I have a big surprise and if I need to wait until this evening, I’ll explode,” Erin blurted out in a rush.

Laughing, Mark replied, “That sounds intriguing. I can finish this project in about an hour. Will that work?”

“That will be perfect. I have a surprise you won’t believe,” Erin told him.

“I’ll head for home as soon as I can.” Mark hung up the phone. He shook his head and smiled as he wondered what she had up her sleeve. Erin loved surprises and frequently amazed Mark with her revelations.

Mark turned his attention back to the document. With no interruption, he’d be on his way home within an hour.

Erin had spent the afternoon at the auction house where she found something totally unexpected. She’d won the bid for an antique Ouija board. Someone had made it from solid wood and had a patent date of 1891 etched on the reverse. It was over one-hundred-twenty years old. Erin believed the age of the board would make it a receptive and powerful tool. A heart shaped wooden planchette was included in her purchase. The overall condition of her prize was remarkable. Erin couldn’t wait to show Mark and was even more excited about using the talking board later that night.

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“Ouija board?” Mark laughed. “You have got to be kidding me.”

“Mark, it’s a real antique. Age makes it powerful,” Erin explained.

“You truly believe this wooden tray will allow you to talk to dead people?” he asked.

“Yes,” she retorted. “The Ouija board is a channeling device. It will allow us to contact spirits. When someone touches the planchette, it will concentrate that person’s energy in one place. That energy gives the spirits an invitation to respond, by guiding the planchette to spell out words and answer questions.”

Mark was unconvinced, but Erin’s enthusiasm was not to be dampened, and so he agreed. “Okay, my mystical spouse.” He chuckled. “Get the candles and champagne and I’ll get the card table. I’ll meet you in the living room.”
Mark set up the card table. Erin placed the Ouija board on the table and placed the planchette on its center. She lit three candles, set them on the table, and turned off the lights.

“So, what do we do now?” Mark asked.

Erin said, “Put your fingers on the edge of the planchette, then ask if any spirits are present. Invite them to come.”

Feeling a bit more comfortable with the Ouija board, Mark said, “If any spirits are here, I invite you to join us.” They waited, but nothing happened.

“This is a safe place for you to enter,” Erin whispered. “You are welcome in our home.”

The planchette shifted, ever so slightly. Mark looked at Erin. Her wide eyes and stiff posture let him know she, too, was startled by the movement.
“We welcome you, spirit,” Mark said. “Come to me.”

Slowly and steadily, the planchette moved to the letters C O M I N G N O W.
Then it stopped. Erin glanced up from the table. Mark was watching her skeptically.

“Did you do that?” he asked her.

“No,” she stammered. The flames from the candles flickered as a mild breeze swept through the room. For a split second, the card table vibrated, and one flame was extinguished.

Erin was frightened. She pulled her fingers from the planchette, reached across the table and clasped Mark’s hand as the entity materialized at the far end of the room.

What have we done? Mark thought. He hesitated, then greeted the apparition, “Hello.”

Erin slid from her chair and stood behind Mark.

The entity was a magnificent lioness, with glowing emerald green eyes, and a thick golden coat that glistened. With a soft growl, she said, “You summoned me.”

Startled at the sound of its voice, Mark sputtered, “I can hear you.”

“Our spirits are connected. My thoughts become words. I speak only to you,” the apparition chanted.

Erin commanded, “Leave now. You are not welcome here.”

The cat’s attention was on Mark. As if Erin had not spoken, the spirit moved to Mark’s side and rubbed its head against his shoulder. The soft fur on the tip of its ears brushed Mark’s chin as the weight of the cat threw him off balance. He stood as his chair fell backward.

Erin moved toward the door, but the lioness pounced, knocking her to the floor. Front feet on the woman’s shoulders, the cat snarled, then licked Erin’s cheek, its rough tongue scraping her skin.

As quickly as it struck her, the sleek beast turned from Erin to Mark. The cat grabbed Mark’s head with her front feet and sank her glistening teeth into his throat. The lioness dissolved.

Erin screamed when Mark dropped to the floor. A translucent black panther sprang from his chest and leaped toward Erin.

“You summoned me,” were the last words Erin heard.

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A crime novel you won’t soon forget,”Race into Murder,” is on sale for $.99.

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Jeff Frazier has a decision to make. Will he risk his marriage, or even his life, to follow a dream?

After burglary and kidnapping hit close to home, Jeff and his wife wonder if their talented colt is the catalyst and if so, why?

No one in the close-knit racing community is above suspicion following the murder of well-known jockey. When the homicide investigation points to an innocent man, his friends rally around him and try to point a finger at the real killer, even though none of them can agree on who it might be.

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Race into Murder

At a racetrack in southern California, Jeff Frazier is a thoroughbred trainer whose dream is about to become a reality. His wife’s home-bred colt has the talent and determination to place him in top contention for some of the richest races in the country.

Their world is rocked, however, when the future of the stunning young horse not only threatens their relationship, but becomes the catalyst for chaos among the close-knit group of horsemen whose livelihoods depend on racing.

When a well-known jockey is murdered, a homicide detective finds everything is not as it seems. No one is above suspicion. The racing community is on edge, as paranoia becomes contagious, and lies replace loyalty. When circumstances from the past begin to dictate actions of the present, turmoil is the result. Through it all, the races continue.

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The setting is a thoroughbred racetrack. The players include a variety of horsemen, thoroughbred race horses, and a little grey cat. A horse named Fury is the basis for some of the chaos in this murder-mystery, which combines an insider’s knowledge of horse racing with a believable and mysterious scenario. It keeps the reader wondering until the end.

When a stunning race horse becomes the impetus for chaos in a close knit racing community, past actions begin to haunt the present. Suspicion and paranoia become contagious; kidnapping and murder result. The novel tells a story of men and women connected to the sport of kings, whose lives are intertwined. Some will stop at nothing in their quest for that elusive champion. Through it all, the races continue.

This book needs a title. It is on schedule to be published early in 2018.

The following is a list of titles under consideration:

The Consequence of Fury
Murder, A Consequence of Fury
Money, Mystery and Murder at the Track
Dead Jockeys Still Speak

Let me know which one captures your attention, or better yet, suggest a title of your own. If your idea is chosen, I’d be delighted to send you an autographed copy of the novel, along with an Amazon gift card.

Happy New Year!

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LONG STORIES SHORT is on sale, from 2/13-2/20/16! This collection includes “Mountain Justice,” “The Hunted,” and eight other stories. Expect the unexpected. ow.ly/Vy0sp

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Two stories for free, and a ten story collection on sale for $.99!

Join me between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8th for a Sunshine Book Show party. I’m delighted to be featured author and will be giving away a signed copy of LONG STORIES SHORT – maybe two or three!

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Sunshine Book Show is having an online party and you’re invited!

Join me and other authors, bloggers, readers and book lovers for an online party from noon to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8th. I’m delighted to be a featured author, and will be available from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. for conversation, questions, and giveaways. Throughout the day, there will be lots information, entertainment and discussion, along with free and discounted books. Mark your calendar and plan to spend a little time with us. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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MOUNTAIN JUSTICE is the story of a horse. Sales receipts will be donated to help a horse.

I recently found out about a 16 year old mare, abandoned four years ago. She managed to keep herself and two foals alive, though she would likely not have lived much longer. MOUNTAIN JUSTICE, a story of friendship, violence and the love of a horse. The hero in this short story is a stallion, named Czar. His life is much better than Bella’s has been.

All proceeds from the sale of “Mountain Justice” or the ten short story collection, “Long Stories Short” from now through 5/11/15 will be donated for Bella’s care and veterinary expenses.  You get a story, she gets a better life. http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Justice-Karen-Black-ebook/dp/B00D5CENXA/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1430367436&sr=1-2&keywords=mountain+justice …

Bella was abandoned by her owner about 4 years ago at a cattle farm. She was turned out with a stallion and has had numerous foals, two of which are still with her and were still nursing at approximately 1 and 2 years of age. The two fillies are in better condition than Bella, though not in good shape.  Feeding her two babies has depleted her body of important nutrients to be able to support herself.

She has not had vet or farrier work since being turned out four years ago. Her feet are in terrible shape and quite painful. It will take over a year for them to recover.  She is severely malnourished. Bella has a long road to recovery but we are confident she can make a full recovery. We know that she is 16 years old, which is not old by any means this day in age.  She has a lip tattoo, only partially legible, but it  indicates that she is a registered thoroughbred. A GoFundMe account has been set up, asking for assistance with her care and treatment. The initial vet bill was $200.00 and there are many more to come. She still needs her teeth floated (filed) so she can eat better, vaccinations once she is healthy enough, and farrier visits every 4-6 weeks to get her feet back on track.

It will take a lot of story or book sales to reach $2500.00, which is estimated to be necessary for all of her needs, but with enough publicity, I think we can make a difference. Bella and I thank you for your consideration.

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