A New York Ghost Story: Chapter 5

Chapter 5


It was a chilly night, Andrew was playing video games and after getting tired of him paying more attention to his PS4 then me I decided to go take a hot bath.

“Babe, I am going to take a shower do you need anything” I ask.

“Can you grab me another beer”

I go into the kitchen and I grab two beers, one for me and one for Andrew. After giving him his beer, I go to the bathroom and turn on the hot water. I wave my fingers in the and watch as the ripples form while I take a large sip of my beer. Suddenly I start to see the water around my fingers darken. I jerk my hand up and see what appears to be soot on my fingers. Earlier, Andrew said he smelled fire but I didn’t not smell anything. It was possible that I touched cigarette ashes from inside Evelyn’s car or that they got on my clothes somehow. However, I had already been home for an hour. Prior to that I had cooked dinner and Andrew and I ate. I just didn’t see how the ashes would stay on me all day.

Better wash my hands.

I go to the sink and scrub off whatever soot or ash I had left on my hands. My eyes catch my reflection in the mirror.  My hands are clean. As if they were never covered in soot. My eyes quickly trail down and see that the water is clear and there is no trace of anything on my hands.

The next thing I felt was the hot water from the tub touching my feet.

“Oh fuck me” I quickly turn off the tub, not without getting burned from the scalding hot water. Andrew runs in the bathroom to see what I was yelling about.

“Oh man what were you doing Tina” Andrew grabs a couple of towels from the linen closet.

“I am sorry I was not paying attention”

“It’s okay, it’s just water. Are you okay” Andrew touches the side of my face.

“You look flustered, is someone bothering you?” He caresses my face and I shake my head no.

“No I guess I must have felt sick, I was in the car earlier with my coworker, she was smoking so maybe that got me a little nauseas but I am fine other than that” I flash a reassuring smile back at Andrew.

“Okay well ask her not to smoke in the car with you if its going to get you that sick” Andrew continued to wipe the wet floor.

“I can’t tell her not to smoke in her own car” I finished wiping the floor and go to dump the towels in the hamper.

Andrew wraps his arms around my waist and begins to slowly kiss my lips.

“Do you want me to help you with your bath” He raised his eyebrows.

Before I could respond I could laughing coming from Andrew’s headset.

“Oh Shit you guys heard” He speaks into his headset.

“Are you serious you couldn’t have muted it” I yelled.

“I’m sorry I heard you yelling and I ran in here, I didn’t realize”

“It’s okay just go back to your game, I just want to relax.” I shake my head and begin to undress for my bath.

Andrew walks back into the bedroom, I could hear him telling the guys he is playing with how they are a bunch of assholes and how they got him in trouble. I couldn’t help but giggle a little bit. I climb into the bathtub. My body sinks deeper into the very warm water and I could feel my muscles start to relax. It’s funny how when you get a moment of silence, your mind seems to want to talk. Flashes of the day appear and gives way for concern. I know, two weeks isn’t a long time for someone to decide whether they like their company or not, but the story Evelyn told me isn’t giving sitting right with me. She has told me a fake story before but she really did seem sincere.

It was not worth thinking about. My eyes close, my thoughts wander away and I just enjoy the silence.



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