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“I think my house is haunted”
I leaned into the corner of the room, huddling over the phone. “I think my house is haunted,” I whispered.
Gale laughed. “Haunted? I’ve seen pictures, it looks like a slice of the southwest straight from the route 66 days.”
“Yea…” I said, not following.
“Well, you know. Haunted houses are like… Victorian houses. Or Cape Cod houses with a dark past. Not adobe houses.” She sighed. “Well, maybe that’s just where I live. Why do you think it’s haunted?”
“There’s a soft spot in the floor. And sometimes it squeaks when I’m not over there.”
“And twice now, Miss Kitty has reared up and hissed at absolutely nothing.”
“Mm hmm,” Gale murmured. She thought Miss Kitty was a psychotic cat already so I could imagine now what she was thinking.
“And…” I inhaled and looked around the room. “The other morning I think I saw the ghost of a Spanish conquistador in the garden hacking at plants.”
“After he left, I went and checked the plants and they were damaged where he’d swung his sword.”
“Why’d you lead with the first two?”
“They wouldn’t have sounded like much if I said them after. I tried to call the previous owner. He was very helpful with directions on the irrigation system and how to get the oven to light. But when I mentioned the conquistador he stuttered and hung up.”
“That’s got to be some kind of real estate faux pas,” Gale said.