It’s All Hallows’ Eve, a night when the door between the physical and spiritual worlds dissolves. It’s also the night before Eve’s wedding to Jack, and she is surprised to find herself visited by four spirits, the ghosts of ex-boyfriends past. The spirits’ souls require propitiation, which Eve can provide at the expense of a portion of her own soul, payable on the first Halloween after her death. Banking on her sentimentality, the spirits appeal to Eve’s more positive memories of each relationship, and Eve has to grapple with her destructive habit of putting others before herself.
Frank Quattrochi was Eve’s first love, until the cigarettes he smoked with a mad compulsion became a series of nails in his coffin. Paul Abello had seemed like the perfect man before Eve discovered that the smooth talking and the clever backstory were covers for a raging heroin addiction. She liked to think Jared Dewar had tricked her into making the same mistake twice, but in hindsight, Eve wasn’t sure how she’d missed all the same signs of drug addiction in a man she loved. And Adam Barclay – well, the last Eve had checked, Adam Barclay was still alive, but Adam had apparently been serious when he said he couldn’t live without her.
The spirits rattle their chains in what they hope are performances worthy of Eve’s acquiescence, and midnight is fast approaching. In the course of making her decision, Eve realizes that her most disagreeable relationship may not be dead and buried after all. Can she slip past the four souls that have gathered on her balcony before they can talk her into something she regrets?
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About the Author
Christa Carmen lives in Westerly, Rhode Island with her fiancé and a beagle who rivals her in stubbornness. Her short stories have appeared in Devolution Z Horror Magazine, Jitter Press, Corner Bar Magazine, Literally Stories, Fiction on the Web, The J.J. Outré Review, pennyshorts, the DreamFusion Press anthology, The Book of the Macabre, and WolfSinger Publications' Just Desserts. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in English and psychology, and a master's degree from Boston College in counseling psychology. Christa works for Pfizer in Clinical Trial Packaging, and at a local hospital as a mental health clinician.