By Abigail Kimball, from Relatively Dead (ebook, Beyond the Page Publishing, May 2013) by Sheila Connolly
I haven't lived around here for very long, so I guess I should introduce myself. I'm Abigail Kimball, and I moved to Waltham, Massachusetts with my boyfriend Brad a couple of months ago. He got a great new job in Boston, but I'm still looking for one, or I will be as soon as we figure out where we're going to live. I'm still checking out neighborhoods and commutes and things like that.
Brad thinks I'm spending too much time moping around our temporary apartment, so I decided to go on a tour of the grand old houses in town. They're really beautiful, and there must have been some really rich people around here a century or more ago, although not so many now. But, well, something odd happened when I walked through one of those houses: I saw some people who weren't there. I think. I really don't know how to describe it, because nothing like this has ever happened to me before. Most people describe me as the calm dependable one with no imagination, so you can imagine how I felt when I saw a family of…I don't know what they are. Ghosts? Spirits?
Luckily there was this really nice guy there named Ned Newhall who was acting as a tour guide at that house, and he could tell I was having trouble dealing with what I was seeing--which, by the way, he didn't see. Still, he didn't tell me I was crazy, but he suggested that maybe I should find out more about the family who lived in that house, and since then I've been doing research in the nice library in town. He's even been showing me around the area, looking at things like the historic sites in Lexington and Concord which aren't far away—Brad's been too busy these days to do things like that with me.
I haven't told Brad about what happened at that house. I don't think he'd understand. Maybe when Ned and I figure it out...