The Invisible Menace

by Jane Toombs

My brother, twenty years older than I, had a cottage on Lake Superior with dense woods between the lake and the highway  As a teenager,  I often visited in the summer.  One day I was alone there, walking along the damp sand near the water, looking for agates all the way up to the river that flowed into the lake.  As I turned to go back, the hair rose on my nape.  Something or someone was watching me! Nothing moved, yet I knew it was there.  Any animal could be in that woods, including a bear. What if it was    a person, instead of an animal?  Even scarier, what if it the watcher was neither?  I raced along the sand back to the cottage and locked myself in.  But I never forgot that weird feeling.  I’m not saying the experience is the reason paranormal is my favorite genre to read and write, but–who knows?

Jane Toombs, award-winning author of eighty plus published books and over twenty novellas, lives on the south shore of Lake Superior with the Viking from her past and their grandcat, Kinko.

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