Apparition: A Story in the Works

Now that Velvet is out in the world I’m ready to tackle my next project. Yes, this one will focus on the paranormal, too…with the obligatory bit of music included as well.

I never do this with any of my art or writing, but I thought I’d share a fragment of a story that I’m working on right now. It’s in the rough first draft stage, but I’m excited about it and feel that by releasing this tidbit the universe might inspire me to continue on with it to completion.

Without further ado, here is the opening to my new book project. Allow me to introduce to you the first lines of my new story, Apparition:

When I stepped inside, the smell of old tube amplifiers hit my nose with a meaty fist. The shop was dim but neat. Way in the back I saw the counter, and behind the counter stood Michael.

“You made it.”

“Yes,” I said. “Sorry I’m late. Traffic, you know.”

“No problem. I’ve got it back here. You still interested?”

I laughed. “Of course I am. I have the money.”

“Come then.”

I walked toward the counter, dodging the many guitars that lined the narrow passageway through the shop. Michael had the door to the stockroom open and I could hear the flickering fluorescent light buzzing green like a cicada.

“Here she is.” Michael picked up the guitar and presented it to me as if it was his newborn child.

At first I couldn’t take it. Mesmerized, I studied the way the faint light played off the glossy black surface, the way the strings seemed to sing without fingers to strum it, the way the tuning pegs glistened silver in the noxious light.

Intoxicated, I pulled a wad of bills from my coat pocket and made my way to Michael. I handed him the money, then he handed me the prize.

There in my hands lay my very own Rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar. And it was hot.

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