Sometimes sadness is such a big ripple that it feels like the entire pond is full of it. I follow it, because adventures are very important and hugging away sadness is an important importance of course!
The ghost is in a real pond, visible to a Jay because I am really good at seeing things, and she is crying. People look about, hearing it without hearing it, and the ghost is a bit older than me – and eleven is old for a Jay – and doing bindings to try and keep people away from the water but each one falls apart.
“Hi?” I say
“Please. No. The water is cold: do not come in,” she says, low and desperate.
“I’m really good at swimming and sometimes don’t even need to swim at all,” I kinda boast a little, and do a sneaky binding to hide from people and walk over across the water to the ghost. Because people sometimes get weirdy when I do that, even if the water is fine with it.
The ghost stares. She has seaweed hair, and cold skin, and looks sad more than like the monster she’s trying to be. “The ocean is always hungry. I drowned here, so I am part of that hunger. A calling. A haunting of this place. I don’t want anyone else to drown.” she whispers.
“Oh. You could go back to the Grey Lands?” I say, because ghosts can.
“They scare me,” she whispers. “The water isn’t right. I don’t feel safe there.”
“And if you remain here then other people aren’t safe, which is a pickle but it’s not because pickles are pretty nummy!”
“What?” she asks.
“There are other places to haunt,” I offer, and hug her really tight and I’m jaysome at hugging and bindings.
“Your shadow is an ocean,” she says in a funny tone, and slips right into it easily.
I’ve never had a ghost haunt me before but I’m pretty big and this way she’ll get to be in an ocean and not risk hurting anyone by mistake at all. Plus I got to make a new friend!