Beyond the Divide: Part 7

Liz crossed her arms and leaned back on the bench. “So how does that affect things, what energy people bring with them?”

“It’s like in life. At least, I think it is. It means the difference between moving on quickly, or staying in a place you aren’t meant to be. Being comfortable with what is to come, or not. Being someone who is open to being helped,” Evie shrugged, “or not.”

“What happens to the ones that get stuck here?”

“Nothing that can be considered good. It tends to wear people down, take them along dark pathways. The longer they stay around, the more likely you want to avoid them.”

“So, what? They all get cranky and haunt people?”

“Sometimes. It can also be much worse than that. They can change. The human parts get forgotten.”

“What does that say about you, then?”

Evie leaned in and smiled. “I’m not sure.”

“The others, what does it make them do?”

“They fight to gain power, they take pleasure in hurting people.”

“That doesn’t sound much different than normal life either.”

“Perhaps. People can be a funny bunch.”

“You can say that again.”

Evie looked up the road and her lip turned down on one side. “I’m sorry, I would have liked to spend more time with you tonight, but I have an errand to run.”

“Okay.”

Evie stood and clasped her hands behind her back. “It is best if you stay here tonight. You will be safe enough. Avoid the temptation to go back to the river. Staying where you first crossed over, at times, can make the situation more permanent than most prefer. Plus, it will be the first place to look should someone want to try and find you.”

“Why would someone want to find me?”

Evie looked at Liz and smiled. “Unfinished business, and all that.”

Liz looked away.

“You’ll be fine.” Evie narrowed her eyes and looked back across the park. “Don’t interact with the locals though, just to be safe. Especially Charlie. He’s harmless, but you won’t be able to get rid of him if you’re too friendly.”

Liz rubbed a thumb over her closed fist. “Okay.”

“I’ll be back soon.”

Liz watched Evie skip up the sidewalk. She disappeared when she passed through the glow of a distant street light.

 

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Image by Kaleigh Kanary

 

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