This post is part of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, wherein participants blog throughout the month according to the letters of the alphabet. For more on the challenge, click here.
Note: If anyone wondered, I tagged the blog as having adult content due to a few factors: one, strong language; two, the possibility that excerpts I post may have graphic descriptions of sex or violence and therefore unappealing to some readers. Never fear, though, I’ll be sure to warn y’all if a post of that nature comes up! In the meantime, feel free to read on!
Cheers and happy ABC’ing,
Remember that dead WWI soldier I mentioned yesterday?
This would be him.
Jack Breault is the first ghost Darcy encounters after her move. He is also the first ghost to make her rethink what she thought she knew about ghosts. Based in Canada, a country that hasn’t fought a war on its soil since the War of 1812, she hasn’t had the chance to encounter very many dead soldiers in her work, because most of them tend to haunt the area where they fell, or their family homes, and yet she encounters Jack at a cenotaph in a town he lived in for one brief summer in 1914. She knows there’s something he isn’t telling her, but he’s had nearly a century to cover up the damage war did to his psyche and hide what he doesn’t want Darcy to know. From the moment she reads his name on a plaque of the county’s war dead, he causes her grief, as demonstrated in this excerpt when he isn’t as helpful in finding an old journal as Darcy would like.
“Can’t you just tell me?” I demand, annoyed at all the riddles.
He shakes his head. “No.”
I frown. “Why not?”
“Even the dead can be hurt.”
Birdsong overhead tells me he’s gone and won’t answer any more questions.