A Dark and Stormy Night – Pt. 1

Greetings friends and welcome to day two (or what has become day one here) of the Coven and Coffin Blog Hop.  In case you have missed my other esteemed friends participating in this event, you can find them at the links below. Today, I have been joined by author Jessica Fortunato.


For my blog, I presented this scenario to them…

It is a dark and stormy night. A couple passing through the area have their car break down and wander to the nearest house looking for assistance. Using your characters or your world, what do they find there?

Here is what Jess Fortunato saw.

Ghost Story

8490908318_ac11ef99d8_zThe Burkes had seen it all.  Five children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren had prepared them for all of life’s adventures.  They needed this trip to a cozy bed and breakfast.  The same one in fact that they had been to on their honeymoon was still in business.  Nearing their destination, their dependable Ford failed them.  Although it read they had nearly a half a tank of gas, they in fact were on empty.  Mrs. Burke sighed and got out of the car with Mr. Burke.  They headed to the apartment building across the street.  They didn’t have any cell phone reception, but one of the tenants should have a landline.  They knocked on several doors.  The whole building appeared empty.

They heard someone talking in the last apartment in the hall, and knocked lightly on the door.  No one answered. Mr. Burke shrugged and tried the knob letting the door fall open.  He didn’t believe in trespassing but this was an emergency.  The apartment was scattered with boxes, many with hospital labels.  A microscope sat on the table.  They walked to the closed bathroom door, knocking lightly the door fell open.

A girl was unconscious at the bottom of the ice water filled tub.  Mrs. Burke gasped drawing the attention of the frazzled young man who had been wiping steam from his glasses.

“This is not what it looks like,” he said quickly.

Suddenly the girl, who had appeared drowned, sprung to life, sloshing ice water all over the apartment floor.

“This is really getting old Viktor,” she said looking up.  “Who are they?”

Looking back to the doorway Viktor and Charlie saw the elderly couple move like lightning out the door.  Yelling at one another for not keeping an excess of gas in their trunk.

Viktor rolled his eyes, “We have to remember to lock the front door.”

“Noted,” Charlie said.  “Now hand me a towel, I’m freezing.”

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flair2About the Author

Jessica Fortunato writes a rare combination of Paranormal/ Supernatural/ Religious Literary Fiction.  She lives in Pennsylvania with her family, a clumsy black cat, and year round Halloween decorations.  Rarely seen in direct sunlight, reports of Jessica’s vampirism remain unsubstantiated.

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About Connor

Peter Dawes is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author of dark and historical fantasy, Connor Peterson. Local to the Philadelphia, PA area, Connor is the wordsmith behind the Vampire Flynn and Deathspell series and has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box (published by Ghostwoods Books) and the anthology Nocturnal Embers (published by Crimson Melodies Publishing). He is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an active participant in the Philadelphia writing community, and volunteers as a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month. While Peter Dawes is also the name of the fictional protagonist of the Vampire Flynn books, Connor assures the reader he is not now, nor has he ever been a vampire. (Any similarities are purely coincidental.) You can follow him on Twitter (@peterdawes) and Facebook (@AuthorPeterDawes), where he actively avoids being on time for any of his publication deadlines.

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