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“Have you ever heard the name, Annabel Sweeney?”
Jane pondered the name for a short while and suddenly her face assumed a horrified expression. “I think that is the name of one of the A.C.H.’s ghosts. Oh my Lord! Don’t tell me you were sent to A.C.H. to find a ghost?” she screamed.
Dacque closed his eyes and nodded his head up and down. After a seemingly prolonged period of silence, he opened his eyes and looked at Jane. She was smiling.
“You know something mister hard-to-figure-out. If anyone else told me that story, I would never have believed it, but after all that I have found out about you over the past ten days or so, I think I actually believe you.”
“I’m glad to hear that.”
“So, have you found your ghost?”
“Actually, Ricky did.”
“Ricky!” Jane exclaimed. “Now you have definitely lost me.”
“It has been discovered, by researchers who have accumulated accounts of contacts with spirits, that children up to six or so are way more likely to see spirits than most other individuals. There is an explanation for that, but I don’t think you are quite ready to hear that one, yet. Let me just say that many parents tell others about their children having imaginary friends and they joyfully let these children go on pretending, thinking nothing of it. The truth is, at least in some of the cases, that the children’s friends are not imaginary at all but are the spirits of deceased children, or in apparently rare cases, spirits who, for some particular reason, wish to appear as children, to this child. Remember I told you that when I saw my wife’s spirit in her chair, she looked younger and healthier than when she passed away?”
“Yes, I remember.”
“Apparently, spirits are able to appear to us looking like any of their previous incarnations and at any age from all of those earlier incarnations. Because our subconscious memory, or soul memory, remembers every action, word or thought from all of its incarnations, the spirit has, I guess, thousands of options for its appearance. Having said that, I do not believe that is the case with the spirit of Annabel Sweeney. I believe that Annabel’s spirit is what we call an earth-bound spirit, or one which was not able to make the proper transition to the other side.”
Excerpt form Chapter 23 of Soul Rescue, Book II of the Dacque Chronicles.