With: Lisa Belcastro
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Halloween often gets a bad rap. With witches, ghosts, goblins, and other assorted horrors moving around, people often get spooked on October 31. I prefer to think of Halloween as National Free Candy Day. I’m a chocoholic so I’ve always been more than happy to consume the extra bars that don’t get given away, and then eat whatever the children didn’t want . . . or didn’t catch me swiping from their stash. (Yes, I’m that mom!)
Since childhood, this man has premeditated a particularly vengeful act for execution on Halloween night. This year our stalker has come up with his best (or worst) idea yet. Ryan and his houseguests, Laurel Simmons and her 4-year-old daughter Gracie, are oblivious to the plans being made just for them. They’ve got their Little Mermaid character costumes ready, and Gracie is counting the hours until they go trick or treating.
Ryan’s stalker, or perhaps he’s Laurel’s stalker now, has his own costume ready, and he’ll have the opportunity to wear it. I didn’t have to scan the newspapers too far or too hard to find a few twisted events that happened in conjunction with Halloween. I avoided the grislier activities, but still needed a life-threatening scenario that could, or would, result in a character’s death.
Detective Slavin of my local police department was a wealth of information, and extremely generous with his time. I learned a lot about cell phones, geo-tracking, tactical response teams, and situations that I want to avoid at all cost. My heart broke for my characters. It’s not always easy to drag your characters through hell and back, especially when there’s a child involved. I had to write these “scary” chapters during the day, and switch to something nicer at night before bed.
Needless to say, I prefer my Halloween to be focused on cute little children in costumes, decorations and jack-o-lanterns, and plenty of candy.
I love so many kinds of chocolate that I couldn’t list them all here in the space allowed. If we narrow the choice down to traditional Halloween candy, then my top three selections would be: milk chocolate Hershey bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Tootsie Rolls. What is your favorite Halloween Candy? I’ll be giving one copy of A Dream for Love, and a box of chocolates to one commenter.
Alex hiked back to the vacant house. A couple of dozen people could camp in the place. The homeless in Boston should vacation on the Vineyard in the off-season. So many empty houses waiting for the needy.
Alex sniggered. His needs were about to be met.
Two sandwiches and a change of clothes later, Alex walked past the large mirror in the foyer and paused. The blue suited him. He smoothed a wrinkle in the collar, and then pulled the badge out of his pocket. When he clasped the silver pin onto the breast pocket of his shirt, the uniform was complete. Perfection!
The average person wouldn’t question a cop, and if a real cop spotted Alex, he’d say he was heading to a costume party. His luck was definitely on the upswing. No wonder Halloween was his favorite holiday.
One could do all sorts of fun things on Halloween, and people chalked them up to the theme of the evening. His nosy neighbor never knew he’d egged her house. Toilet papering Mrs. Neiman’s roses bushes had been small justice after enduring her innumerable corrections of his grammar.
He smiled at the memory of his best Halloween night ever. During his senior year in high school, he’d been in love with Lucy Taylor. Lucy refused to go out with him. Lucy loved her black cat. The cat paid the price for Lucy’s rejection.
In a few hours, Laurel would discover what happened to women who defied him.
Alex shoved the notecard and a small roll of duct tape into his back pockets, and then he headed out the door to his fortune. He strode across the fields, confidence building with each step. Five years of bad luck, but that was about to change.
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