Do we get to choose our Haunt Jaunts if we linger here in the afterlife? Or does the Haunt Jaunt choose us?
I’ve had a fair share of ghostly experiences (like this one), and from what I’ve heard and seen, ghostly haunt spots usually make sense. An old woman haunts her favorite rocking chair. A soldier haunts the battlefield where he died. A librarian haunts, well, a library. While the presences of ghosts may well be a shock to many, some of the places they frequent aren’t much of a surprise.
Then I read Courtney’s post on Thoughts About Ghosts, and this comment stuck out:
Where will he end up haunting? Or what?
I’d never thought about whether I would stick around as a wisp of postmortem vapor, but this made me wonder. If I did, would I choose the location, or would it choose me? If I could, where would I pick?
I thought about home, of course. Sure, there’s attachment. But would I want to spend endless years floating around, dust bunnies I couldn’t chase driving me crazy and mostly unable to interact with my old surroundings? Maybe freaking out the ones I’d loved? Not really my personality. No. I was going to have to haunt “out.”
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Next, I considered the library. Being both a writer and an avid reader, this seemed a natural. A common hot spot for ghosts, rumor has it, and indeed, the stacks at my local library–which is over 100 years old–seems to host some unexplained phenomena. What better place for someone like me?
Then I realized a big potential drawback. Can spirits interact with volumes, flip pages? Would I be stuck floating around books without being able to read any? I’d have to rubberneck over patrons to catch a few paragraphs here and there. Not a very appealing thought.
Then it hit me. The movie house! I’m a huge movie buff, after all, and these would be stories I could watch whether or not I could manipulate my environment. And not just any movie house, no. Give me a mega super duper multiplex to haunt, with thirty screens’ worth of different movies at any given hour. Yep, that might even keep me busy enough to resist most of the temptation to mess with visitors. Maybe the occasional plucky employee. So yeah, I think the movie theater.
Where would YOU haunt…or where wouldn’t you?
Lisa Logan is a romantic fiction author and editor for Eternal Press. Visit her blog at http://authorlisalogan.blogspot.com.