I absently stir the teabag around my cup to the sonorous opening music of the evening news.

“Good news for the family of six year old Skylar Reid, who’s been found in Epping Forest,” says the newscaster, “The story she’s told police is extraordinary!”

I jolt out of my reverie; as a ghost-hunter, ‘extraordinary’ is a key word.

“We join Jessica Swann, live, at home with the family.”

The screen flashes to the reporter. “Good evening, Jeffrey. Yes, I’m here with Skylar and mum, Debbie.”

The camera pans slightly to her left and zooms out to include a very tired-looking mother with the little girl snuggled into her side.

“Hello, Skylar,” says Jessica, her voice light and perky, “You’ve had quite the adventure. You must have been frightened to be all alone in the forest.”

“Wasn’t alone,” says Skylar, “Edward an’ Richard was with me. They showed me where I could sleep an’ not get cold, an’ Richard said not to eat some berries ‘cause they made Edward die. Which was silly ‘cause he’s not dead.”

Jessica and Debbie share skeptical glances. Her rescuers hadn’t seen the boys. “Can you tell me more about them?”

“They was brothers. Edward was twelve an’ Richard was nine. They’d been there for years an’ years.” Skylar giggles, “An’ they dressed funny!”

“Oh,” says Jessica, “What did they wear?”

“They had hair jus’ like mine.” Skylar pulls on one of her blonde curls. “They had black dresses on, an’ black tights, an’…” a giggle, “Funny pointy slippers. They said don’t touch them or I might get hurt.”

I almost drop my precious cup of tea. I have a gut feeling about the identity of Skylar’s companions, though I’m equally sure they will be put down to the wild imaginings of a traumatised child.

I grab my phone and press the speed-dial for work, the historical mysteries division of the Paranormal Investigation Unit – a highly secret government body.

Brian picks up on the second ring. “Hi, it’s Callie,” I say, “I’m going to Epping Forest. I know what happened to the Princes in the Tower.”

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
5 months ago

I love the build-up to this story, Carrie. The TV interview is so well written. Then we are taken back in time to an intriguing part of British history. What happened to the Princes in the Tower? Callie, your protagonist is such an interesting character and I really want to know how she solves the mystery surrounding the demise of the two young boys. An exciting and excellent read.

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Linda Rock
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5 months ago

The only historical mystery that comes to mind is Jack the Ripper, Carrie. I know this has been covered many times in books and movies but I’m sure Callie can add another dimension to it! I actually did the Jack the Ripper walk back in 1994, a memorable and chilling experience!

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
5 months ago

Hello Carrie – I love this story! I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know about the Princes in the Tower. I thought I was well versed in British history, but alas, I’m behind the times. What a fascinating story (the original) and a wonderful follow-up (your Callie). I have to say I really like this Callie person. Great job.

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allinonefitness steven jenkins(@allinonefitness-steven-jenkins)
5 months ago

I love a good ghost story. I can’t wait to read on. Great job, Carrie  ???? 

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
5 months ago

Carrie, I’ve been following Callie’s stories and I must say I’m very curious to know where this one will lead. When we visited Tower of London many years ago, I remember that the tour guide mentioned the disappearance of two young princes. I presume it’s the same princes in your story? I cannot remember the names the tour guide mentioned. I hope you will expand on this story!

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
5 months ago

Does your story Carrie centre around the two brothers killed by Richard lll? How comforting that two ‘lost” brothers help a lost child. I enjoyed your paranormal story.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
5 months ago

Hello, Carrie. Your paranormal story is so lovely. I can’t wait for Callie Simms’s next ghost hunting adventure. And thanks for the links that make me love your story and Callie Simms more. Well done. More adventure of Callie Simms, please.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Carrie OLeary
5 months ago

You’re welcome, Carrie. I am really looking forward to her next adventure.

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Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
5 months ago

Love the story, Carrie! The sons of Edward IV are the inspirations of countless story, the protagonists of many apparitions and sightings. Legend says that one of them survived and lived to an old age…
I did especially like the cockney touches coming through little Skylar words!

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Reply to  Carrie OLeary
5 months ago

Your wish has been granted. Check the story now and see if it eases your stress! 

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
5 months ago

I enjoyed reading your story, Carrie. It combines history and mystery in a present time setting. Well done! Just out of curiosity: the brothers told Skylar that she shouldn’t touch “them.” To me, it’s a bit unclear if “they” refer to the brothers or to their slippers. I guess it means that a human shouldn’t try to touch a ghost. Is that it?

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Arianna Randall
Arianna Randall(@arianna-randall)
4 months ago

Oh my goodness, Carrie!! This story had me hooked from the beginning. It brought back memories of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — a YA series which had me up until one am to finish 🙂 usually I’m a pretty hardcore classics reader, but I’d definitely stay up for a historical paranormal like this! Well done and I can’t wait to read more of Callie’s adventures!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
4 months ago

Congratulations, Carrie.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
4 months ago

Callie Simms is one of my favourite heroines! Congratulations, Carrie.

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