Chapter 1–First Meetings
The mist of the ocean gently rolled in along with it a thick fog. It lay upon the ground as an impenetrable blanket. It was suppose to be a full moon tonight. If the moon was out you couldn’t see it.
To some it may have felt dreary and dreadful, but I found this scene absolutely delightful. This was practically an everyday occurrence here. No one had ever been able to explain it though. The air was warm, damp, and calm. I could smell the airborne water-vapors. Even though you couldn’t see the moon you knew it was out because the fog gleamed as it loomed in the night. The sand on my bare feet was cool and soothing. A light breeze came gently through reminding me of the beautiful trees and shrubs surrounding my house behind me. Then the breeze stopped as quickly as it began.
I could hear the ocean waves as they pull in and out, crashing and splashing upon the sandy beach before me. For some reason I felt compelled to come out here more than usual.
The fog seemed to have opened a little allow me to see a little way into it because I was just barely able to see the shadowy silhouette of a person walking toward me. Telling from its distance it appears as if it could be….Impossible! It’s true though. I’ve lived here in this very house since I was a child. I inherited, it when I was seventeen. I know were the ocean comes in and out at. However, this figure seemed to have been walking on the very ocean itself and it was slowly coming towards me.
I have to admit, I was scared. No mortal human can walk on water. I was also curious. You know the old saying, “Curiosity Killed The Cat.”
“Mary” came a chilling whisper from the fog, yet no one was around. I live alone on the grounds, and I’m certain no one was around. I would have blamed it on the wind, but there was no wind as of yet.
Sufficed to say, I stood my ground. I felt mesmerized, and terrified as the figure moved closer and closer. As it did, I was able to make out that the figure somehow looked like a man, but somehow still resembled the smokey fog that surrounded us. Every part of him resembled a manly figure made entirely of fog and mist. All but…his eyes. They seemed to glow through the mist somehow. It was eerie.
They seemed soft yet menacing, soothing but filled with intent and desire. Then as if pushed by a brisk breeze the silhouette vanished.
“I must be tired.” I told myself, “I was imaging images into the fog itself.”
I turned around, and made my way back to the house to lay down to get some sleep. It was just my imagination wasn’t it, I ask myself. As I get to the steps of the patio deck, I hear a voice of a man call out to me from the large fountain of a large scorpion holding a bull in its claws over its head and stinging it in the ass.
“Good evening dear lady,” he said to me. “I got lost in the fog, and hope you could direct me.”
“Yes, I guess. “I replied, startled and uncertain as to what help I would be, given to the facts, I don’t know this man, I live alone, and I don’t think I want to let a stranger into my house.
“I was and still am looking for Pamela Angel.” The gentleman said.
“My mother”, I responded out of surprise. Then the sorrow hit. My hands rose to my head as I began to slowly kneel to the ground from the flooding memories of that fatal crash were I was left the only survivor, and both of my parents were killed.
Before my knees hit the ground though, the stranger had quickly managed to get to my side somehow without me accounting for his movements. He helped me to one of the black marble benches surrounding the large fountain.
“Are you ok?, “he asked gazing at me with those eyes…those eyes…those eyes from the mist. It is the same ones. I swear it.
Impossible, I told myself. That was a figmentation of my imagination.
“I’m ok.” I told him re-assuredly.
I took his hand in mine, draw a deep breath. I didn’t want to say it, but if he is looking for my mother, he needed to be told. I opened my mouth to speak. I paused for a moment and then I proceeded to tell him. “I’m sorry if your travel was far. Someone should have told you. I guess that no one knew that you knew her…” I had begun to tell him.
“What is it you are trying to say my dear?” he asked me gently and gazing at with worry as he brushed my firry red hair from my eyes.
“Sir, my pare…nts were killed last year, two months before my eighteenth birthday.” I bursted out with tears in my eyes.
He glared at me in astonishment and the look of a broken man, as I began to ball my eyes out from the flood of emotions I was feeling.
He was sitting on my left. His left hand rested on my left thigh. His right hand started gently rubbing my right shoulder and around to the back of my neck. It was soothing, sweet, and felt nice.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know. No one would have been able to contact me because no one knows about me, or how to get in contact with me.” He explained and proceeded to tell me, “My name is Vladimir Scott Bryan.”
I looked up as he caresses me gently sweetly, lovingly, as he tries to calm me. “I was a friend and dear companion of your mother.”
What? She never told me that she was having a….the words echoed in my mind. My mother had a secret lover? She was having an affair? Somehow the words must have escaped to my lips. They must have slipped from my mind to my mouth, because he decided to speak as if to answer the questions in my mind. He can’t read minds can he?
“Yes your mother was very dear to me. She was having an affair, but not with me, but your father.”
Now I was mad. I was pissed. I wanted to leave. When I tried to he grabbed my hand and farced me to stay.
This was absurd. “How can my mother be having an affair with my father? They were married. You weren’t married to her.” I tell him furiously thrashing about trying to get away until the last sentence that was said was more of a question than a statement. “Were you?”
“No. I come with the inheritance of the house to tell the truth.” He explained. “I’m a ghost, and your mother’s first love.” He continues as he pulls me in closer.
“What are you doing?” I asked half scared half wanting, hoping for him to kiss me to hold me. I didn’t know what had come over me. I knew I shouldn’t. If he truly was a ghost and my mother’s first love he could be ancient. Why..why didn’t I not care about any of that? Why..was I drawn..to him?
Vladimir kissed my mouth sweetly, tenderly, softly. “I come with the house my dear…precious…sweet.” He whispered as he nuzzled my ear, then kissed my earlobe, as he said in an ever so soft whisper. “I have made love to each and every woman of this home that inherits it. I am their prime prize. Very few of them lost had ever lost their virginity to anyone but me.”
My eyes opened wide at this announcement. His left hand at the time, was making his way down my pants and into my panties. His right was caressing my shoulder lovingly as he blew, kissed, and gently licked my neck. I found him strangly arousing, but I wasn’t certain I wanted to play his game.
“What if I say, No?” I asked.
“No.” he chuckled. “No one has ever refused me, and no one ever will. You can try, but you will never be able to resist me completely. You will eventually submit to me, and you will never be able to get enough of me when you finally do. You are destined for me, as soon as you inherited the house or rather as soon as you were born seeing how only the eldest daughter of the house can inherited the house and land. It is the blessings and curse that binds me, this house, and all the women together.”
“Curse? What curse? What blessings?” I asked very curious.
“The blessing was set written in blood ensuring that no matter what, none of the women in your family that inherit this home and land will die lonely. That is what I am here to make certain of. The curse my dear is something you need not worry of.” Vladimir told me gently removing his hands from me and as he got up slowly to bid me farewell.
“What, I’m confused.” I looked into his eyes as he started to disappear. He didn’t move. His body just gently disappeared changing into the fog around us. “I thought you said you made love to all the women, you aren’t going to make love to me tonight.”
“Not tonight my dear. You need time to think about what has been said, and about our future. Later my love. Later we will be together. You will be ready then, I assure you.” He sayed as his body faded into a mist. Only his eyes were seen with his last words, and then the mist began to fade away and clear till you could see the ocean through the trees and shrubs filled path leading to it.
I felt woozy, tired, and half faint by all the new information, by the memories of the past all hitting at once. Possibly, also from seeing a grown man turning into the foggy mist and fading away. It must have been too much for me to take in all at once, because I collapsed right there in my own backyard.
I woke up early in the morning still lying on the cobblestone walkway in front of the Scorpio and Taurus fountain. My head hurt. I must have hit it on something when I fell, because my head hurt real bad.
It would have been tragic if I had died there. No one would have even known about it until the body reeked. No one comes by that often. I’m a bit of a loner. I usually like it that way, but last night I was feeling a little lonely and wished to have someone…beside me. He said that he made certain that none of the women in my family felt alone. This must have been the reason he just barely appeared to me.
Crazy but true, even when my parents died, I refused to allow myself to feel lonely. It was something my mother said to me when I was younger and was turning ten or so. She said never allow myself to feel lonely, because it would only bring me troubles and misery.
Vladimir must have caused momma a lot of trouble, or she would never have said those things, I am certain. Now, how was I supposed to get rid of this weirdo, freak-out dead guy. I didn’t want to loose my virginity to a ghost. What if he is related somehow? What if he was my great, great, great grandpa or uncle or something? Yuck, that was and still is just a disgusting thought.
“You are not having incest with me buddy boy. This is the last bitch in this house you are going to sleep with in this family. I’ll make certain of it.” I said out loud as if to defy heaven or hell itself. “My cherry is for the man I marry or I choose fit, not someone straight out of a mist.”
I began once more up the cobblestone walkway to the beautiful cherrywood finished deck leading into my home to attend to the bump on my head. I picked up a dish and a glass that I left outside on a table next to the jacuzzi and pool, to took them inside and made my way to the kitchen door, when a young man popped up around the corner and frightens me half to death. I dropped both the glass and the plate onto the ground with such a loud clatter you would have thought they broke, but they didn’t. I bent down to pick them up, however I am stopped.
The gentleman told me, “No, let me.” as he bends down to get them. He was a nice looking young man, with wavy brown hair down to the center of his back pulled up in a ponytail. He wore a black leather jacket, with a white t-shirt, and black levi pants. He had beautiful blue eyes that made me think of pools that lead to the soul. A feeling of ease was nestled into his very stance, essence, and nature somehow.
“Your aunt Ellen asked me to come by and check on you. She called last night but couldn’t get an answer. She would have stopped by herself but she was busy. Are you ok? Is there anything I should tell her?” he continued.
“I’m ok. I must have been outside when the phone rang. I don’t normally ask strangers in, but if you know Ellen, you must be ok. Why don’t you come in and have something to eat? Are you hungry?” I asked him. Wow, I was a bit embarrassed by my behavior. There I was, I asked a complete stranger into my home. I didn’t even know this guy, but at least he wasn’t a ghost wanting to have sex with me. At least, I was what hoped he wasn’t. I wasn’t even going to approach that subject with him. I would have sounded crazy.
“By the way my name is Michael Angel and no I’m not related to your Aunt. We just happen to share the same last name is all. I just thought you would like to know my name seeing how we just met, and you are asking me in.” he told me.
“Gee, I don’t know what to say.” I have to say, I was very embarrassed now. I couldn’t believe I forgot to ask his name. I walked into the kitchen with him, and made my way to the center island with the stove, sink and other culinary needs. I’m Mary O’Conner. The women in my family retain their last names when we marry in order to keep the house in the family we have to. Just some weird guidelines written into the first will written dating a long time back to the original Mary O’Conner who owned the house. “I’m certain that it sounds crazy, but any man who marries me has to take my name or we forfeit the rights the house and the lands.”
“Just a bit, but whatever. I wouldn’t mind changing my name. Mine aren’t that great anyway, given the problems with my family right now, but that isn’t any of your concern. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have said any of it.” He said and changed the subject rather quickly. “This is a very large kitchen. I can’t believe I’m actually here inside the O’Conner Manor.” He told me as he looked around my kitchen a little, picking up a knick-knack or two, then quickly but gently placing them back almost hesitant to touch them afraid I might snap or bite his head off I guess.
“You’ve never been in here then?” I asked.
“No, no.” he said, excited and taking a slight step back, “it is said this place is haunted. I’ve walked past it many times as a kid, but never had the guts to visit. As a kid, because of the ghost stories, I well huh… you promise not to tell.” He says.
“What, that you are afraid of ghosts? No I won’t tell. I’d probably stay away too, if I hadn’t grown up here, but I never heard about any ghosts.” I told him. He looked trapped and tense. “So, what can you tell me of these hauntings? Who is supposedly haunting these grounds?” I asked real coy like. I didn’t want to scare him off by telling him that there really was a ghost and that it, rather he said he was going to have sex with me whether I wanted to or not, or that he claims to have done so with everyone of the first born women who inherited this place.
“Well, he began, “It is said that Mary O’Conner was a witch, and to ensure that her only daughter wouldn’t end up spending her days as alone as she did because her husband was a sailor that she wrote a will in blood stating that no one but the eldest daughter of the house could inherit it, and that an odd piece was added stating that the she would never be lonely. It was believed that she may have made a second parchment giving each of the eldest daughters who inherit this land to a demon, a vampire of some sort, to care for them and see to their needs, to ensure that they would never be lonely. Crazy huh.” He told me beginning to chuckle a bit and scratching his head.
I almost choked on the orange juice I had poured as I waited for the bacon to fry. “I guess, but I guess crazier things were said back in those days, right.” I said a little hoarse, still trying to clear my air passages enough to speak. The bacon had started to smoke a little, and I was still choking a little. Michael took over cooking for me. He looked worried about me.
“Do you live here alone?” he asked.
“Ya,” I told him sitting down on one of the stools across from him watching him take over the cooking. I liked watching him cook for some reason. “I like normally it here that way, but…”
“But what? I don’t read minds.” He teases me.
“I’m just realizing how big this place is now. You don’t have a girlfriend do you?” Man, how direct could I get. What was I, some sort of whore?
“No, I don’t have a girlfriend. Now that you mention it, I hate to say it, but your Aunt said that you had a place on the grounds. She seemed worried about you being here by yourself. She didn’t just send me down here to check on you. She thought you could use some help with the grounds. Also, I was hoping that we might, could work out a deal with an unused garden house she said. I feel kind of silly asking or even bringing it up. I do need a place to stay though, and if I’m going to be stupid enough to back my old man into a corner for hitting my mom, well I need to be man enough to find a place to stay of my own.”
“You what! Cool, you’re a hero. Good for you.” I told him.
“That isn’t what my mom said.” He told me looking a little sad. “She told me to get out, that it wasn’t any of my business. She said that I should show my father more respect than that, but…”
“What! You’re their son. That makes it your business.” I threw my hands up in the air and told him, “You know what? This is your house too now. I can’t understand how anyone can let another person get away with hurting them like that. Then to tell you, her own son, that you… You can stay here, and that way I won’t get lonely. Also, we won’t have to worry about any curse, because as you stated the curse or whatever is, was written up to keep the eldest daughter from being lonely. Well with you here, you can protect me from any bad old ghost, and I won’t be lonely, because I will have the pleasure of your company. Now do you know my name or do I need to introduce myself” I told him point blank.
I think he was extremely taken back at my response, because he didn’t know what to say but yes and thank you. He was still hurting inside though. Who wouldn’t be after having his mother tell him it wasn’t any of their business when all they were trying to do was save them from getting hurt.
I did believe I had taken care of Vladimir though. I didn’t believe he should be popping up now that I wasn’t going to be lonely. At least I had hoped everything was going to work to my advantage, but it didn’t.
Two months had gone by, and no Vladimir. I was certain I had broken the curse until one night Michael had been gone an awful long time. I was starting to get worried about him. I believe I might had began to fall in love with him. We hadn’t done anything with each other. He had been the perfect gentleman and perfectly business like around me at all times. He cleaned the pool, mowed the grass, and trimmed the trees and hedges. Not once had he made an advance towards me, and that was the reason I think Vladimir finally made his first appearance in two months.
I believe my first mistake was that, I allowed myself to become lonely, by not professing my love for Michael. I should have said something, but I didn’t.
I hadn’t met his family yet. I didn’t want to after what he had said about his mother, and what she had said to him about showing respect to his father who was beating her. I was alone at the house that night, and the fog rolled in, while Michael was out visiting his mother for the day. The unusual part was I hadn’t seen fog for the two months that Michael was here. This made the fog seem very strange. It was almost as if the fog had strangely been a part of Vladimir. Even stranger was that it was only during the fog that night and many more foggy nights to come that I felt lonely. These thoughts and feelings came up hard and strong just as the fog came in. I just couldn’t understand why it made me so tense.
I was out on the beach again, looking out to the ocean as I watched it come rolling in. I had grown up with the cloudy haze laying upon the ground day after day, and it never bothered me before. Why does it bother me now I wondered, but the answer began staring me in the face. Those eyes…. Those eyes from the night before I met Michael were dancing in the thick white and gray swirling overture as they come slowly across the ocean waves with the misty night fog. It was a fog as thick as pea soup, and it was bringing him back to the house to me. I felt frozen. I couldn’t move. I didn’t dare breath. I felt dizzy. I thought I was going to faint, and then I heard what I thought was a voice from out of the mist. It was so faint. He is coming for me. “NO” I shouted. “I won’t have sex with you.”
From behind me came the voice that I thought came from the mist, “Are you OK? Who are you talking to?”
It was Michael. I pointed to the ocean and changed my mind in explaining myself. I felt foolish.
“Hi, I was just remembering someone who was just a little too pushy. I guess I let my mind wander off a bit too much.”
“Some guys can be real jerks huh?” was his response as he put his arm around me and guided me to the house with extreme gentleness in his touch and great concern in his eyes as he looked down at me. It made me feel more at ease.
“They sure can. I’m glad you aren’t a jerk though.”
“Trust me when I say I can even be a jerk. I’m only human.”
“How did you make it back through the fog?”
“Let’s not worry about that. I just had to get back here. I just didn’t feel right about you being here alone in this soup.” He replied with a small chuckle. “Something just doesn’t feel right about this place when it fogs up like this. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I remember walking by here when I was a kid. It gave me the creeps even being near this place at night when it was foggy. I hated it. It doesn’t feel much better to me now either. That is why I swear I will never let you be here alone when it is foggy like this. I absolutely had to get on my motorcycle and get back here as fast as I could. Something just didn’t feel right.” was his answer.” Maybe, my imagination running away with me If I tell you something you won’t think me crazy?” he asked me as we made it to the fountain were I first met Vladimir.
“Crazy? You, Michael? Not a chance you could sound crazy. You are too sweet and gentle.” I told him. Michael gestured for me to sit down on one of the benches, so I did.
“It sounds crazy to me just thinking about it. I’m certain it was just a boat out on the ocean, but as I came up behind you, I thought I saw eyes in the fog as if someone was walking on the ocean in front of us, and then after I spoke it was as if they just disappeared. I told you it sounded crazy.”
I felt myself grow pale. My mind was racing. He saw Vladimir too, and doesn’t even know it. I was terrified. What if he is still around? I grabbed onto Michael with all my might.
“Don’t leave me Michael. Don’t let him get me. I don’t want him to touch me. I don’t want him to do anything to me.” Half crying, I told Michael, as I refused to let go, afraid that if I do he would vanish like Vladimir did the first night. I can’t say I was sad to see Vladimir go, but if Michael ever vanished, I don’t know what I would do.
“Are you ok. Who, don’t let who get you. I promise I won’t let anyone hurt you. I won’t let this person touch you ever again. Tell me who and were he is. I’ll teach him a lesson he’ll never forget for making you feel this way, and thank him for this chance to hold you so tight.” He said. Not letting go, I look gently into his eyes. Yes, I heard him right.
“Thank him for giving you the chance to hold me?” I asked sheepishly with tears still in my eyes, but now looking at him with adornment.
“Yes. I love you. I love you more than life itself. I would give up my life to save you.” He told me.
I felt overwhelmed. He leaned down and kissed me for what seemed like forever. It felt good as it seemed to push all my fears away. All I could think about at the time was being with Michael forever. My right hand moved to his head in order to hold him there. I didn’t want him to stop kissing me. I didn’t want to stop feeling him touching me. His hands went under my shirt, and undid my bra.
“Can I?” he asked looking half worried he may have overstepped his boundaries. “Make love to you?”
“Please do. I want you too.” I told him.
He kissed me again. This time he gently put his tongue in my mouth, as did I the same with him. I could feel myself ache for him. I wanted him inside me so bad. I longed for his rod deep in me, fucking me hard and strong. He pulled off my shirt, and carried me to a lounge chair on the patio. He leaned it all the way down, and continued to undress me further. He began putting his fingers inside my pussy. His hands were cold at first, possibly form the ride back, but warmed up quickly inside my pussy. He took off his jacket, then his shirt, and then his pants. He tossed them aside with my cloths and sat down beside me again, and began kissing me all over. I took a quick glance at his cock. It was huge. He wasn’t very well built, but his cock was large and in charge for certain. I didn’t think it would be that big by looking at him. I saw a few appendages online, but this one was much larger around. I wasn’t certain it would fit inside me or not. He must have seen the shock on my face because his next question was very specific with a statement written right into it. “You’re virgin still aren’t you?”
“Yea, how did you know?” I asked surprised.
“It’s obvious, you still have your cherry. I kind of felt it when my fingers were in there. I was real careful. I didn’t break it yet. You certain you want to do this? I mean, are you certain you want me to be the one to pop your cherry Mary? I won’t lie. It is going to hurt a little, but if you give it a chance it can really good.”
I wanted to laugh a bit when he asked, not because I thought it was funny, but I liked that he was asking to make certain I wasn’t having any doubts. “Yes. Yes, Michael. I…I love you too. I am scared. You….you are so big. I’ve never seen anyone so big. I mean…I seen some on the internet, but yours. You are huge.” I told him as I held his hand in one of mine and his face in the other looking into his eyes with eyes of desperation and longing. He grinned and thanked me for the compliment.
“Please make love to me.” I said.
With that he got on top of me kissing me, still not penetrating my pussy with his cock, but letting it slide over the top as if petting it with his appendage. I wanted it inside me so much. It was so frustrating. He got up on his knees and laughed at me a bit as I took his cock and tapped it against my pussy. “Not yet. I want to play a bit before we go there. You’re the first virgin I’ve had in a while.”
“Who was the last one?”
“No, no. I don’t kiss and tell. Trust me, I want this to be the most memorable night ever for you.” He told me as he began kissing me on my lips again, sticking his tongue in my mouth and playing with my wet pussy with his fingers, being careful not go to far in. Then he turned around and put his cock in my mouth. As he did this he stuck his tongue in my pussy. I couldn’t help the moans coming from my mouth. It felt so good. It was sure ecstasy. I wanted to scream with pleasure, but not once would I let his long cock out of my mouth as long as his mouth was on my pussy. My tongue was all over his cock. Following the movements he made on my pussy and clit my head bobbed up and down on his cock, going up and down and his cock went in and out of my mouth. I felt his head come back and a loud groan as I tasted a sticky salty substance enter my mouth. I swallowed it. He took his cock out of my mouth. “Wow, I wasn’t expecting to get off so fast.” He said as he turned around to face me. “Don’t worry, he’ll be up and ready again real quick.” He told me as started sucking on my breasts and then pinching and pulling on the nipples. I could feel my pussy get real wet as he did this. My hips started to raise. I really wanted his cock in me now. “You want it bad don’t you.” I nodded my head and made little puppy dog eyes. Before I knew it I felt his appendage getting hard between my legs again. “Guess what.” He said to me. “I’m not to certain I want to pop it tonight.”
“You heard me. Now bend over and bear it. I want you to show me how much you want me to fuck your pussy.”
“Are you kidding?”
“Nope. Trust me.” He tells me looking me in the eyes. I was upset but curious. What he was up to? He had made me feel so good so far, so I turned over with my little ass up into the air as I bend over into the chair. My knees was touching my nipples which felt arousing. My head rested sideways on the chair with my eyes focused up at him as they looked back and up bit to see what he had in store for me. “Great,” he said as he started prodding my asshole with his fingers. I started to try and get up to say no, but he gently nudged me back down. He told me to behave as he smacked my ass hard.
“Owww” I said.
“Be a good girl and Mr. Winky will cum inside your pussy.”
“Michael, I really don’t like your fingers in my ass. It hurts. I know I don’t want your cock in there. Please don’t.”
“Ok, no problem. I understand.” He flipped me over, spread my legs.” Then do you like this?” he asked as he put his cock in me a little, but not all the way. It hurt a little as it stretched my pussy real hard. It felt nice though. Then he slid it in again a little further and further each time, till finally I felt a piercing pain run through my body. I felt like screaming. He must have been able to read it in my face, because he stopped for a moment to ask if I was ok and if he could continue. I nodded, and he began pounding gently again, with each thrust more profuse then the other, each thrust sending me higher and higher into sensation far beyond what I could ever describe. He had me moaning and groaning so hard. I couldn’t believe the incredible feeling he was giving me. I felt how wet my pussy was getting. My body was warm all over. My head felt like it was racing. My heart was beating fast and so hard I thought it would burst from all the pleasure my body was receiving at once, and then I heard him groan again real loud as he pulled me up into him so he could get his cock in even further if that was even possible. Leaving his nice rod in me still he lay on top of me covering my body from the night air. It felt nice having his strong scrawny looking body laying on me.
I fell asleep that way. When I woke up, I was in my bed. Breakfast was sitting on the bedside table with a note which read.
Thank you my dear Mary for last night. Although I know you thought you were with Michael last night, I am so sorry to inform you that Michael couldn’t make it with the fog being so thick and other personal problems. I hope my ability to look and sound, like him made up for him for his absence. I’m sorry for the façade. Sex is my only form of food, and you were good. I’m looking forward to next time. Send Michael my condolences.
“That Perverted Son Of A Bitch!!! ” I screamed as I threw the tray of food clear across the room. “but wait… What is wrong with Michael? Why is he needing condolences”, I asked myself. “I better go check on him. Is he ok?”
I threw on some cloths as fast as I could. I placed the note in my pocket, and ran all the way downstairs and to the small greenhouse that Michael was staying in on the grounds to see if he was there. The fog had lifted and it was a beautiful sunshiny day, which made me think that if Michael was there that hopefully it was the real Michael and not a Vladimir impersonating him again seeing how the only time I seem to run into Vladimir is during the foggy nights. To my surprise Michael was just pulling in on his bike. As soon as he seen me running his way, he got off his bike as quickly as he could, took off his helmet, placed it on the seat and met me part way. He wrapped his arms around me and asked me what was wrong. This time I didn’t care about sounding crazy.
“Were you here last night with me or not?” I asked him.
“NO, I was with my mother all night. “he told me looking quite annoyed, and then his disposition changed quite suddenly as if he wanted to coddle me and protect me from whatever harshness and cruelty he just endured and began anew. “What is this all about?” He started again as if the first sentence never happened. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to snap at you originally. I’m not certain that I am really up for much. I had a horrible night with my parents. There is nothing that could be worse than what I just went through, but I will help you if I can. You tell me your problem first and then I will tell you mine.” He told me as he looked filled to the brim with his own problems but looked as if he would try to hold the world together for me if he could somehow.
“I picked this up off the tray of food he left for me before I came to see you. I thought it was you. I believed it was you. It sounded like you. From the look on your face this doesn’t feel as important as what you may have been through.” I told him as I handed him the note. “Did You write this?”
He took it and read it then “This is crazy. I didn’t write this, and I know I don’t have a twin. This has to be some kind of sick joke.”
“If it was a joke it was on me last night!” I exclaimed.
“What did the two of you do?” he looked worried now.
“I don’t want to talk about it. I’m ashamed. I thought it was you.” I said rambling as I felt so hurt and betrayed. “I was hoping it was some sort of weird, sick, joke made by you. I could have lived with that, but I’ve been robbed. This is horrible. I wanted it to be you.” I told him as I started blubbering profusely into his shoulder.
Michael took me into the pool house. He sat me down and handed me a cup of coffee. He pulled up a chair and looked at me. He brushed his hands over his hair and then put his face in them thoughtfully. Slowly he started to speak. “I’m sorry. I wish it was me. I told you I heard there was ghost, but I didn’t really believe it. I don’t know if I do yet or not. You said you woke up in bed. Maybe it was a night mare. As for the note and tray of food, I don’t have an explanation. “Alternate personality maybe?” I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that it wasn’t me last night. I can easily tell you why I say it wasn’t me. Maybe not so easy. It is a…it’s a horror story from hell. Although it gives me the strongest alibi ever it too is a horror story, and I really would rather not talk about it. You have become my closest and best friend. You are the only person I trust any more. I have to admit, yours would be preferred to mine right now by me. Are you ready?”
“Yes. I don’t know how it could be worse though” I told him, but I wasn’t ready. It was worse.
I wasn’t able to come back here last night because my mother was being hauled away to jail when I drove in the driveway with my bike. The neighbors must have had the shots or something because the police were there when I got there. One of the officers told me to stay outside, but when the gurney was brought out. The officer tried to keep me from seeing who was on it, but I told them that my parents lived their and I wanted to know who it was that they were taking away on the gurney. I pulled back the sheet, and it was horrible. She killed him, and now this. I don’t know what is going on in this world. It is a bit too much. I wasn’t here. This I know for certain. What happened here last night, I don’t know, but I know what happened were I was and it wasn’t good at all..”
“Oh my gosh. I can’t believe this. I wanted to be with you last night. I’m just glad to be in the same room with you today. I love you Michael. What can we do to help your mother?”
“I don’t know.”
“Your dad is dead? Can’t….shouldn’t we….I don’t know what to say.” I said exasperatedly.
“Yes, but my mother isn’t. She and you are the ones I care about. I can’t help her, but you can help me. If you are willing to bear with my problems, I can try and help you. I am not certain about this ghost thing though. I just want you to stay with me. I’m not asking you to have sex with me. If I promise that I’m not this Vladimir guy do you promise to stay with me.”
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean that. I mean well…Where is your mother? Would you like to go check in on her? I could drive over if you like?” I wanted to know.
“No, I’m not ready to see her right now. I want to be there for her and all but…. Well…. She is at the hospital right now. She will be ok. She spent the evening at the police station and then in front of the judge, who said it he declared it self defense. However, the judge seemed worried about her and thought it would be in her best interest if she be hospitalized for few days, weeks, months if necessary. He said that she might be in shock of what she did and she might do something crazy to herself out of grief.”
“I guess I can see why you aren’t upset. On the up side, your mom isn’t in jail at least. I guess that is a good thing, but shouldn’t you be with her or something? Are you going to be ok?” I had to know.
“No. Not really. I did care about my dad, no matter what type of a jerk he was. Still, I can’t change any of this. I tried to talk them into counseling, into divorce, or whatever. I was afraid he would eventually kill her. I never thought she would be the one who….nothing I said made any difference. I even called the cops on my father once to try and stop the violence. My mother wouldn’t talk to me for a month. In the end she still went back to him. They were crazy to be together in the first place. They were stupid not to get professional help. I love them and hate them in the same breath. How could they let it get this far? The only thing that matters to me is you right now. She let it get this far. I tried to stop it. I tried to help them both. Why did they let it get this far Mary? Why couldn’t they admit they needed help?” He grabbed me in his arms and held me tight as he refused to let himself cry and feel the hurt that was in his heart, but I understood. I put my arms around him.
At that point and time Vladimir’s little joke didn’t seem as bad as what Michael was going through. I decided to just let that slide for the moment. I would deal with Vladimir later. That jerk was going to pay, but what can I do about a ghost that can make himself appear and sound like someone else? It is obvious now why Vladamir sent his condolences. What did he have to do with Michael’s father’s death? Michael had to have read that part too. Why didn’t he mention it? Is Michael going to be ok?