All things are interconnected, and yet sometimes it is impossible to find the link between them, particularly where humanity is concerned. Those who are no longer living can see these associations better than those still bound to corporeal form.
Those of us who looked deeper into certain affiliations became deeply unsettled by what we found. Forces of evil long dormant in the waking world are quite active behind the walls of sleep. I and five other appointed agents were dispatched by King Kuranes of Celephais to explore the Cosmos and discover how we may yet save ourselves from annihilation or, worse, enslavement to these malevolent tyrants.
I followed my research to the dead world of Zecor 6 in the year 3121 where I found scientists of various species exploring the planet. The more physically vulnerable among them were wearing protective gear; as I am a spirit, there was no need for me to take such precautions.
One fellow clad in such a safety suit was happily humming a zany little tune from my time. This nasty earworm proceeded to give me fits for the remainder of my journey to this foul orb.
Wynona's got herself a big brown beaver and she shows it off to all her friends
One day, you know, that beaver tried to leave her, so she caged him up with a cyclone fence
This is my excerpt from the first tale in my WIP, The Ballad of Gerry Clifford, which I'd hoped to have published back in July, but both it and life have been unwieldy. Those of you who have been around the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday circuit for a while may recognize the quaintly snarky or snarkily quaint banter of Ketil Nagel, a Swedish spectre who often finds himself in precarious peril.
You can find more adventures with Ketil and his friends in their debut novella.
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