A Promise to Catie by Judd Holt

By Judd Holt

You've learn ghost tales, yet unlike this one. whilst Billy Griffin strikes from Dallas to the small city of Oakpoint, Texas in 1955, he thinks lifestyles might be less complicated within the kingdom. as an alternative, his existence is grew to become upside-down by way of a sequence of inexplicable occasions. He has been residing within the previous ranch condo just a couple of weeks whilst the silhouette of a lady seems in his bed room window. items disappear from his table. His sister Beth is bitten via a rattlesnake, then miraculously and mysteriously stored. Billy needs to name upon an previous conjure lady, Hebronetta Sikes, to make feel of the occasions, yet to take action he needs to get prior her fierce partners, a Doberman and a German Shepherd. What he does, who he meets, and what he learns will shock you. Folklore, race kinfolk, and small city existence shape the history of this strange first novel.

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You'll have to go through some big weeds and lots of dirt and maybe water," I said, trying to discourage her. " "Okay," I responded, resigned to the fact that if I said, "no," Mother would overrule me. The two of us left the house through the back door and walked northward across the gently rising fields. It was an almost perfect day. The north breezes and the south breezes were struggling only slightly against each other, with the south just strong enough to keep the air warm. Pure-white cumulus clouds, moving almost im- Page 33 perceptibly, made the blue background even bluer.

Because the night wasn't terribly cold, I didn't close the windows. The next morning it wasn't the soft talking of Beth that woke me. It was her loud, mad voice accusing me of taking her brush and comb. "Beth, I did not take your comb and brush. " I said, defending myself. "I don't know, but they were right here last night. See the space? That's where they were. " Even as I argued that I had not seen them, I was vaguely recalling their being there when I had gone to bed the night before. I never admitted this to Beth, though.

Then he told me to come over there and look out the window. I did. There was a light out there. I asked him what it was, and he said he didn't know. He said at first he thought it was some poachers, but it couldn't be, 'cause the light was on a small hill, and the small hill is in the middle of a pasture that's a whole section. You've seen that section, Billy. There's no road going out there. Nobody could drive out there because of the deep coulees. Well, we watched the light for a long time. It just stayed there.

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