While we’re waiting, here’s an excerpt from the fourth novelette, “Point B.” It was tough to choose a snippet from this one without giving anything away, but I persevered.
Rip’s lungs burned up their last reserves and broke his sprint. He skidded to a stop while the neurologist stepped through a brick wall.
“There you are! I had this thought. I still have all my professional expertise. I just lack the means to communicate with, well, anyone, except you, and I guess those other six. But what are the odds I’m going to meet any of them? I’m lucky I ran into you. So here’s what I’m thinking. I can still help my patients. I just have to do it through you. I’ll tell you exactly what to do and what to tell them. You can even use my office and all the equipment. I only died a few weeks ago. Everything’s still there. You can be my—what’s that term? Medium! Yes, you can be my medium.”
Rip backed up. “Um, no thanks. I have my own—”
“Your own what? Your own life? Again with that tone…”
“—my own things I need to—”
“And you think your ‘things’ are more important than my work? Do you understand what neurological damage can do to a person?”
“I’m not doubting you, uh, sir. I just—I’m not a doctor, so how—”
“I have an old colleague who can forge credentials. You and I could be quite a team.”
“That’s flattering, but I’m sorry. I can’t do that.”
The neurologist extended a shaky pointer finger. “Maybe I’m not being clear enough. We will be a team, or I will make you experience firsthand the dangers of neurotmesis.”
Serissa patted Rip on the back. “So yeah, buddy, you ran into an alley where there are no people, so there’s no chance of me being able to help you. Smart move, Light-Bright.”
Ghosts are people, too, but not all ghosts choose to be good people.
Rip Cooper must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. This young loner learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them — pretty much the only solid thing, in fact. He works alongside an impure “angel” and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.
RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death features the first four novelettes in this coming-of-age and redemption story: “Touch,” “Alone,” “The Crazy Line,” and “Point B,” plus the short story “Strength.”