Thursday, February 13, 2014

When I was Undead by Morning

When I was Undead by Morning
By Skye Mertz
From the Taxi for the Dead Paranormal Mysteries
By Joyce and Jim Lavene 

Undead by Morning is a fun title, unless you had to live through it. 

Believe me, there was nothing fun about it.

Yes—I died. And I came back after I’d signed a contract with Abraham Lincoln Jones. Abe is a two-hundred-year old magic man from New Orleans. He has the power to grant an an extra twenty years of life.

I jumped at it. My daughter, Kate, was only five at the time. My husband had died in the same car wreck that killed me. My mother-in-law, Addie, told me she had less than six months to live. I didn’t have much choice.

Abe doesn’t like it when I say that I’m a zombie, but that’s what it comes down to. I used to be a Nashville police officer. Now I drive Abe’s Taxi for the Dead, picking up folks who have lived their extra years. Some people are cool about it. Some of them try to run away. Others really lose it.

I remind myself every day that I’m only here for Kate. She’ll be an adult when it’s my time to go. It’s not quite the truth, because I’m also here to figure out what really killed my husband, Jacob. It wasn’t the wreck, as everyone thinks. By the time I’m ready to go, I’ll know what happened to him.

So I do my job, and try to stay out of trouble. Addie’s ghost takes care of Kate when I have to work. We don’t see eye to eye most of the time, but we’re both dedicated to her.

Maybe it’s not much of a life, but it’s not a bad death. Who knows what will happen next?

Undead By Morning
a Short Story in the Taxi for the Dead Paranormal Mysteries

March 4th: Broken Hearted Ghoul
It’s been two years since Skye Mertz agreed to drive Abe’s Taxi for the Dead, transporting his zombie workers back to the man who gave them an additional twenty years of life. She’s raising her daughter, with the help of her ghostly mother-in-law, and keeps looking for the thing that killed her husband the night she died.

Now she has a partner—a housewife working off her zombie husband’s service—and she’s met a sorcerer with amnesia. It shouldn’t be surprising that a broken hearted ghoul, bent on getting revenge, should show up too. After all, there’s no rest for the dead.