Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Ghost Stories by Lantern Light......

Cobalt blue and pewter grey skies swirled overhead as Philip began his Ghost and History walk last night. Jackets and umbrellas accompanied the twenty folks listening to the stories as we started our stroll through the village. Every once in a while I stole a glimpse at the threatening sky hoping the distant rumble of thunder would hold off til the tour was finished.
It was not to be.
Dark Skies
Brilliant Lightening
Fat, heavy Raindrops
Philip offered a choice to the ghost story followers, brave it out or come on home to his cottage. It was a unanimous decision to spend the rest of the evening in his parlor. By the time we scurried down Howard Street and into the gate to Miss Aliph's, the sky burst into fireworks.
We lit candles and lanterns as folks sat on chairs and on the floor. Droplets of cool rain water
beaded around faces caught under the spell of soft yellow candlelight as Philip's stories
made eyebrows rise and folks huddle close together. He sat in the chair from the shipwreck, the Ariosto, as he wove together history and ghost stories.
When the evening was over, we sent them out into the darkness to make their way to cottages and rented rooms. As for us, we sat out on the pizer with a glass of wine and watched the remnants of the storm pass out to sea.
Lou Ann
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