HAVING A VISION<br /> I enter the bookstore.<br /> It’s cold and dark inside.<br /> I turn on the lights.<br /> Stacks of bookcases are<br /> revealed in the dim light.<br /> I draw the drapes covering the windows.<br /> The Florida sun flows in, directing its<br /> bright glow on the deserted store.<br /> I can envision couches and chairs<br /> between the huge corner windows,<br /> and a counter by the front door to<br /> serve my pastries and coffee.<br /> Yes, it was all coming alive to me.<br /> A perfect bookstore/ coffee shop.<br /> I can see a peaceful future for me<br /> in the seaside town of Oasis.<br /> Little did I know or suspect that otherworldly<br /> plans were taking place at the same time as mine.<br /> And these plans were in no way as<br /> peaceful and innocent as mine.<br /> THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist<br /> http://www.outskirtspress.com/thedeadgame<br /> http://www.amazon.com/author/susanneleist<br /> http://amzn.com/1478704489<br /> http://barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dead-game-susanne-leist/1116825442?ean=2940148410881



The bookstore is cold and dark.

I turn on the lights.

Stacks of bookcases stand tall.

I open the curtains.

The Florida sun flows in.

Couches and chairs would be

perfect between the corner windows.

A counter with stools by the front door,

where customers could enjoy my coffee and pastries.

Yes, it is all coming alive to me.

A perfect bookstore/ coffee shop.

I could see a peaceful future for me

in the seaside town of Oasis.

Little did I know of the otherworldly plans

taking place at the same time as mine.

And these plans are in no way as

peaceful and innocent as mine.

THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist







Chapter 2
It was a beautiful morning, the warm weather tempting people from their homes. And they all seemed to be in her coffee shop today, mused Linda.
Serving never-ending coffee and pastries at her counter, Linda was busy daydreaming about Todd’s beautiful dark eyes that had sparkled from the light of the sunset. A long shadow fell over her counter; glancing up, she found Todd standing right in front of her. He was staring at her with a small smile on his face. She turned her head to check on her other customers, who were drinking coffee and lounging on her couches in the bright sunlight. She needed the time to compose her thoughts before facing Todd again.
“Did you want to order something?”
“I want to ask you about last night.”
Trying to organize her thoughts to figure out what could have happened last night to warrant such concern from him, but she couldn’t think of anything. Throwing him a puzzled look, she asked, “What happened last night?”
“Why are you going to the party if you don’t want to?”
Todd was watching her with a very intense look…which had her thinking that there must be some underlying meaning to his question that she was somehow missing.
“Why do you think that I’m not interested in attending the party?”
“I know much more about you than you realize.”
“I’m going to the party.”
“If you’re going, then I’m going with you…to keep a close eye on you.”
She was about to respond that she didn’t need someone to keep an eye on her, but Todd had already disappeared.
Wow, he moves very fast for such a big guy.