It's day four of my Spooktacular Halloween Bash. Today, I welcome author Brita Addams to the blog.
Sometimes the Strange isn't so Spooky
The eerie and spooky, that is what Halloween is all about. That actually sounds like a good paranormal book, but that's neither here nor there. I have a tale to relate, which, though odd in the telling, having witnessed it doesn't seem al that spooky to me. It did however, freak my daughters out, both threatened to move out of the house or at least never set foot in it again, however that would work.
I was alone, everyone either at work or school. We lived in an old house, the house my husband had grown up in, as had his mother. My husband's grandmother had shared the house with his mother until Grandma's health necessitated her residence in a nearby nursing home. Soon after, we moved in, hubby's mother moved out and Grandma's rooms became our dining and living room.
I had many old family pictures scattered about, including one of my precious grandparents. The frame sat on a table beside the living room door for many months, opposite the chair I usually sat in. Truthfully, I spent an inordinate amount of time looking at that photograph, as I'd missed them terribly since their passing many years before. Still do, truth were known.
I'd been watching "Young and the Restless," and decided to take a break. I walked out of the living room, through the dining room and into the kitchen. As I prepared a sandwich, I heard a noise, odd since I was indeed alone. Upon returning to the living room, I found my grandparent's picture face down on the floor, too far away from the table to have been knocked off by me when I passed through.
I kind of chuckled, picked it up and said, "I guess you want a different view, huh?" I placed it on top of our console television and there it sat, the view evidently acceptable, as they never took another swan dive to the floor.
That began a week of strange events in that house. A couple mornings later, I was still in bed. My husband had already kissed me good-bye and it was too early for my daughter to get up for school. I was catching that last five minutes we all seem to beg for. I wasn't asleep, just dozing. Then I felt a sensation as though someone had sat on the bed behind me. I knew the cat wasn't in the room, as the door was closed. There was no logical explanation for the feeling, but at the same time, I felt a great peace. I remember my heart didn't even flutter. There was just calm. I didn't open my eyes, but felt as though I'd been touched on my back, a rubbing motion, up and down.
A childhood recollection came upon me. I used to sit on my grandmother's lap, even as an early teenager and she'd rub my back, up and down, down and up. I loved it then, especially the day she discovered I was wearing a bra. "You're making me feel old," she said, as she snapped the elastic. I remember laughing at her comment, probably already thinking she was old. (She died at only 56)
The rubbing lasted for a few moments, then I felt the distinct sensation of someone getting off the bed. The peacefulness lasted, though. No alarm, no heart fluttering, just a very special calm that I'd always felt around the precious woman I called Gram.
Tina Ordone has been an author all her life. She recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by becaming a publisher author in 2010. She writes historical romances under her birth name, but writes erotic historical romance under her pen name, Brita Adams. She was born in New York but makes her home in the south.
Brita is giving away all three ebooks of her Sapphire Series. That's right, one lucky winner will win Chocolate, Tea, and the Duchess, Lord Decadant's Obsession and Serenity's Dream.Contest ends Oct. 31st. Winner will be randomly selected, emailed, and will have 72 hours to respond before another winner will be chosen.
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Spook you tomorrow when author Eve Langlais visits the blog with a new short story and a chance to win one of her Halloween ebooks.