chapter 31 in the "Mundoo 2" series

“I’ve seen supernatural beings before but never so clearly. The feathers, the eyes ….. I know you don’t believe me, Lucy, but there was another presence with that kid, looking back at me.”

“What kind of presence?” I ask. It’s obvious that whatever it is she thinks she saw has had a profound effect on her because it’s now the next morning and she’s still talking about it.

Annie frowns, shakes her head. “I’m not sure. It happened so fast. I couldn’t tell if it was an angel or a devil.”

“So you’ve seen angels and devils? You know what they look like?”

Annie gives me a narrowed look, checking if I’m laughing at her. My angels and devils disappeared a long time ago but they’re still very much there with Annie. My expression must be serious enough for her to continue. “Of course,” she says, “but I was startled and didn’t have time to register if it was benign or malevolent. It was quite a shock, Lucy, to come face to face with a being like that.”

“So do you think Cam is possessed?”

“No, this is a guardian spirit. He’s protecting her.”

“He?”

“Most definitely,” she nods.

“Why does she need him to protect her?” I’ve told her nothing about Cam so I’m curious if she’ll come up with anything anywhere near the mark.

Annie’s shaking her head, her brow furrowed with concentration. “It was too quick, too sudden. I’d love to spend some time with the pair of them but to tell you the truth, I’m a bit scared.” She gives me a concerned look. “Be careful around that kid, Lucy. What I did sense was a very powerful force. I wouldn’t want to appear in any way threatening to her, I imagine I’d very much regret it.” She reaches across and takes my hand. “I didn’t want to say anything, Lucy, but be careful because I’ve been seeing a shadow over you and it is dangerous if not malevolent.”

“A shadow?”

“Yes. I’ve seen it several times now. Different dreams about you but the shadow’s the same one. It could be this kid and her guardian. Who is she, anyway? Alison was talking about the street kid Melva’s fostering ….. Crystal? Yes? But she didn’t mention anything about this one.”

Well, that’s good to hear. Cam’s secret is safe with Melva, Bill and me.

“Crystal’s friend, Cam. Melva’s looking after her for a while as well.”

Annie nods. She looks really worried. “You should warn Melva to be very careful how she handles her.” She sighs then picks up the coffee pot. “I’ll make a fresh pot,” she says and goes into the kitchen.

I’m thinking of the shadow she mentioned that’s hovering over me. Jim’s ex-wife fits the bill.

Annie comes back with the coffee, places the pot on the table. “Okay, Lucy. Now it’s your turn to tell me about you and Jim and you can put that blank look away because I know something’s going on.” She gives me a look, grins. “You can’t hide things from me, my dear. I’m psychic, remember?”

“Has his ex been saying stuff on the internet?” I ask.

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chapter 31 in the "Mundoo 2" series

Alenka Co

Stonebow, Australia

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from the second book in the ‘Mundoo’ series’, contemporary fiction set in a small country town in coastal South Australia ….. merging a little with ‘Dark Angel’, where this episode of ‘Mundoo’ ends, the next episode of ‘Dark Angel’ begins ….. not sure if it will work but I’ll have fun trying

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