Sunday, September 19, 2010

I Never Thought I’d be Dead At This Point In My Life

By Agnes Mephisto (From Laura Alden’s Murder at the PTA)

The night I was murdered I realized three things. One, that dying wasn’t in my plans for the immediate future. Two, that I wasn’t happy about my imminent death. Three, that my death was going to rob my school, Tarver Elementary, of me, its beloved principal.

What on earth are they going to do without me? Who’s going to implement my new reading program? Who’s going to indoctrinate the young teachers in the way I do things at Tarver? Most of all, who’s going to see that the school addition gets built to my specifications?

Clearly, there’s only one thing to do. I must see if I can persuade those still alive to carry out my wishes. Beth Kennedy might be a good candidate with which to start. She’s a mouse of a woman and should respond well to my urgings. If that friend of hers, Marina, can persuade Beth to become the PTA secretary (a thankless job if there ever was one), surely I can convince her to assist me with a project of much more importance.

This, however, puts me in an odd position. I’ve never believed in ghosts, ghouls, or any other type of supernatural being. Vampires? Witches? Please. If such things walked the earth with us, there would be evidence. The glut of fiction sensationalizing such creatures is not proof of anything, other than that people can be gullible.

However. The ends, in this instance, will justify the means. The addition must be built, so I must find a way to work with Beth. The annoying fact that I have no idea how to be a ghost is only a temporary impediment, I am sure. When there’s a will, there is a way, yes?


  1. Don't worry Agnes, the new principal will do what's right for the students.

  2. Agnes I'm looking forward to seeing just how you get your wishes carried out.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. What a stressful death you lead! Can't wait to see how Beth copes with all of this.

  4. Dru, I hope the new principal will do what's best. I'm afraid, however, that the school board will choose a 'yes' person with no backbone. Of all the things people said about me -- and I know there was much gossip -- at least I stood up for what I knew was right.

    Janet, with my guidance, Beth just might be able to work through things properly. She's a kind soul. Too kind at times, in my opinion, but at this point there's little I can do about that.

    Mason, I've yet to determine the exact methodology, but I'm working at it diligently. There must be a way...

    -the late Agnes Mephisto

  5. Good luck with your haunting ... uh, helping, Agnes! Can't wait to read about your exploits.

  6. Um, Agnes, maybe your last name should have told you something. Sorry about your death, but can't wait to read about it. I hope you understand. Meanwhile, I'll sleep with the lights on.

  7. Well now, strangely appealing to my curiosity about how Agnes was murdered and who done it. How have the students reacted to Agnes's death. Agnes seemed to have a good heart with worthwhile intentions for her school...very dedicated. Who would want to see a good principal dead? Guess I'm going to need to read the book to find out everything I want to know. Written from the dead person's point of view is certainly a different way to look at things. Will the book be the giveaway? If so, I sure hope I win.

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  8. I love ghost stories....I know you will be more than helpful and assisting to see how your wishes get carried out. Looks like a book and series I will be needing to add to the WWBL.

  9. Keep at it, Agnes. You didn't get to be a principal without being able to follow through.

    My sincere codolences on your death. These books we're in are really dangerous. Something should be done about that.

    Charlotte Adams

  10. Well, I mean to say condolences, Agnes. As a principal, I know you'll catch that booboo.

    I blame it on my author. Miss Typo.


  11. I can't wait to read your story, Agnes. I'm sure Beth will be a good school secretary and you can help her in the case of what happened to you! I love this setting and you seem to be a force to be reckoned with! Lorraine from PA.