TITLE: AN AFFAIR IN ECHOES
GENRE: Literary Fiction
I first met Audra more than a decade ago, during a miserable
screwed-up moment when I felt weary of the world and wary of everyone
in it. That August found me teetering on the brink of adulthood,
struggling to make sense of the sudden loss of my parents. Since Audra
was a ghost, she had a lot more practice dealing with the whole death
The night we met, I was staying in a hotel not far from where she
died. She'd been stuck there ever since. Guess I wasn't so much
trapped as lost; when you're searching for love, searching for faith,
searching for meaning, sometimes you get so wrapped up in it all that
you forget how to move.
This SoHo hotel suite where I'm currently stuck bears little
resemblance to Audra's opulent haunt. And I'm no longer that naïve
girl, the one who dared befriend a lonely ghost. Last night, in the
grip of a chemically-induced love for mankind, I was digging the
pink-and-orange décor. Now that I'm sober and nursing a set of
shag-carpet rug burns, the place is a Warholian nightmare.
Love, faith, meaning – my troubles started when Audra offered a
glimpse of everything I sought. Damn foolish to think I could take her
up on it without paying a price. Can't say she didn't warn me.
Especially about the love bit.
You promised you would help me, Delaney, she says. Why did you leave?
"Shut up, Audra," I whisper. She hasn't shut up since yesterday. I'm
not expecting her to start now.