A Promise to Catie by Judd Holt

By Judd Holt

You've learn ghost tales, yet in contrast to this one. while Billy Griffin strikes from Dallas to the small city of Oakpoint, Texas in 1955, he thinks lifestyles may be less complicated within the kingdom. as a substitute, his lifestyles is became upside-down via a chain of inexplicable occasions. He has been dwelling within the previous ranch condo just a couple of weeks while the silhouette of a lady looks in his bed room window. items disappear from his table. His sister Beth is bitten by means of a rattlesnake, then miraculously and mysteriously kept. Billy needs to name upon an previous conjure lady, Hebronetta Sikes, to make experience 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 kin, and small city existence shape the historical past of this strange first novel.

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Her quietness was unusual. My sister Beth and I were in the back seat, our moods somewhere between those of our parents. "It won't be long now," Dad said. " He was serious. Ahead of us was a long, narrow highway with prairie on either side as far as I could see. Prairie and sky, their endlessness broken only by telephone lines, a few leafless mesquites in the pastures and winter brown small trees and brush along the fence lines. ''Now this is what I call country," Dad exclaimed, waving one hand about.

In most places, few trees grew north of the creek. What trees had once existed had probably been destroyed to make room for crop land. I walked down the slope from Beth, and within a minute after leaving Beth, I reached the cut bank below which was the creek's channel. I climbed down the steep side, grabbing exposed roots to keep my balance, and at the water's edge, I squatted and looked. True to its name, Clear Creek was running clear, at least in the shallow areas where it ran fast. Each short stretch of Page 36 little rapids, which were hardly more than oversized ripples, connected large, still pools.

Page 38 Following, I hurried up the bank, but when I reached the top, she was nowhere in sight. I ran in the direction I thought she was heading. After I got through the narrow woods, I reached a barbed wire fence which separated the trees from a large field. I climbed through the strands and raced out into the field looking everywhere for her. I thought she couldn't be that much faster than I. On the other side of the field, I ran along beside the trees searching for some trace of her. There was nothing so I gave up.

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