TITLE: A Spirit’s Dream
GENRE: Middle Grade
I know as soon as I open my eyes, she’ll be here. She’s always here the morning after one of the dreams. A month ago she was just a shadowy image, a vague form sparkling in the light filtering through my blinds. I thought it was dust motes because I hadn’t cleaned my room in a while. Every time I had a dream, the shape became clearer. Then last week I could see it was the figure of a girl. She isn’t scary or anything, just here. I’m almost getting used to her.
Come on body, get it together. Roll over. Face the window. Open eyes. Yep, there she is. Today she seems more...substantial. Almost like a blurry picture. Ghost-like. Great! I’m not hallucinating. I’m haunted.
“Go away! Please.”
She just stares back. Then smiles. A friendly ghost.
The clock on my night stand says it’s 8:29. Mom will be here any minute to make sure I’m up. We’re going school-clothes shopping today.
Maybe if I just cover my head with my pillow, Mom - and the ghost - will get the hint and go away.
“MariAnn.” Mom pokes her head around my nearly closed door.
I peek out from under my pillow. My visitor is gone. Good.
“Time to get up, dear.”
“I’m up. I’m up.” To prove the point, I swing my legs out of bed, pushing onto the floor the stuffed bear I got when I was born twelve years ago.