SMALL SPACES + DOLL BONES
Edi (12, non-binary) and their antique-dealer mom don't have much besides each other. When a vengeful ghost turns Mom into a mannequin, Edi races against time to defeat the ghost. They team up with a haunted doll and a young psychic who helps them find their confidence and supernatural abilities. If Edi fails, they’ll lose their mom and new friends, and unleash a murderous spirit upon an unsuspecting town.
My Top Three Rules for Antiquing:
1. Never look a mannequin in the eyes. You might turn into one.
2. Respect the shop dogs. They’re the best and deserve all the treats.
3. Don’t touch sharp and/or breakable objects. You drop things when you see their stories.
-Edi’s Journal of Hauntings and Weird Antiques
“Edi, will you flip me a coin?” called Mom from the driver’s seat.
Mom got indecisive when she was stressed, but I didn’t want to rely on a coin toss to determine whether we sold the creepy lamp today or Sunday.
Digging into my pockets, my fingers brushed a cracked pen, a skeleton key, and some sticky substance of unknown origin. “Mom, do you have one?”
After getting a month’s notice to move out of our apartment, we packed our snacks, changes of clothes, the lamp that turned on and off by itself, and hit the road. That was an hour ago. We were almost to where the highway split. One route took us to an area of New Hampshire riddled with lakes and antique stores. The other brought us to Vermont and Junk Junction, where a psychic would take the willful lamp off our hands.
It lurked behind my seat, where I imagined it flickering and buzzing. That lamp had a story, but I didn’t want to see it.