Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels

By Barbara Michaels

For the visitors at Ruth Bennet's trendy Georgetwon domestic, the seance used to be only a playful diversion . . . till Ruth's niece Sara spoke in a deep guttural voice now not her personal . . . and the sport grew to become frighteningly real.. the recent York occasions calls leave out Michaels a expert, asserting, "When the seances get going and the ghosts stroll (and talk), even the nonbelievers take notice." formerly released in 1969 by means of Fawcett.

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Of course, hers hadn’t been used for years, since there was no point in firing up such a monster for one person. She cooked on a kerosene stove with a single burner—terribly dangerous, those things are. ” Sara brought the pan, copper-bottomed and steaming, to the table and waved it invitingly under Ruth’s nose. ” “It’s cold outside. ” Sara put a puffy yellow spoonful on Ruth’s plate. ” “No, that’s all right. How about you? ” 26 Barbara Michaels “Not till eleven. That dull diplomatic history course.

Ruth found this distressing and said so, but Sara laughed, loitering before a window framed in enormous orange and purple linoleum flowers and filled with such useful items as an Indian water pipe and a bird cage six feet high, of gilded bamboo trimmed with fake rubies and sapphires. At the Wine and Cheese shop they stopped to buy cocktail snacks and some of Ruth’s favorite hock. Then there was a Mexican shop, where Sara yearned over a bright red, wildly pleated dress embroidered all over the yoke and sleeves with black-and-gold birds; and an Indian shop, where Ruth remarked that, one day, she would like to see Sara in a sari, preferably that white one trimmed in gold.

The next visitor from beyond announced himself in a thick Scottish accent as “George,” and was promptly identified by Mrs. MacDougal as George Barton, the builder of the house. He remarked that the regions where he was presently living were filled with sunlight and flowers and love. Shortly thereafter Maybelle announced abruptly that Madame Nada was tired. The lights went on. Ruth almost burst out laughing when she saw Pat; he looked so smug, not only at the confirmation of his predictions, but at his own admirable self-control.

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