Thereafter: Afterlife #2 (Afterlife Series) (Volume 2)

By Terri Bruce

Not anything in lifestyles is loose. seems, not anything within the afterlife is, both. while recently-deceased Irene Dunphy determined to “follow the light,” she inspiration she’d prove in Heaven or Hell and her trip will be over. Boy, used to be she mistaken. She quickly unearths that “the different part” isn’t a last vacation spot yet a type of purgatory the place billions of spirits are caught, without solution to stream ahead or again. Even worse, deranged phantoms referred to as “Hungry Ghosts” stalk the lifeless, cause on destroying them. the single manner out is for Irene to disregard her existence on Earth—including the boy who risked every little thing to assist her move over—which she’s now not approximately to do. As Irene desperately searches for another, aid all at once is available in the unlikeliest of types: a twelfth-century Spanish knight and a nineteenth-century American cowboy. much more miraculous, one deals an opportunity for redemption; the opposite, love. regrettably, she won’t manage to have both if she can’t have the opportunity to flee the hellish limbo the place they’re all trapped.

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Some time past, he’d accused her of treating him like a baby, of considering he couldn’t deal with the reality. She intended he wasn’t flawed to be upset—protecting him for his personal solid was once condescending. She desired to punch Andras and Ian after they did it to her. in spite of the fact that, she figured it was once the lesser of 2 evils—condescendingly defend him for his personal reliable on the danger of angering him or probability having him attempt to pass over and die within the strategy. “City of the useless” appears a mistranslation—it’s extra of a lifeless urban, simply deserted structures.

Don't stand at my grave and cry… She stopped, attempting to capture her breath. The music’s attractiveness and the experience of endless love filling her beaten her. She felt as though she couldn’t breathe, as though she was once being suffocated by way of attractiveness and kindness. She panted, attempting to draw air into her lungs. it's not that i am there, i didn't die… “I’m now not useless! ” her middle cried out desperately, as though begging the universe to recognize her. “I’m the following! I’m nonetheless the following! ” As she stood there panting, feeling as though she was once approximately to wreck aside right into a million items, she started to observe that there have been folks current.

While she’d stepped into the tunnel, she have been wearing a wide, rattan seashore bag filled packed with conscientiously amassed “dead” items—things that had crossed into the spirit realm—and Jonah’s hand drawn map of the land of the lifeless. understanding he wouldn't manage to decide on her, Jonah had spent their final weeks jointly meticulously combing via books in regards to the afterlife to create a map to steer her. That bag and map have been all she owned—all she have been allowed to take to the afterlife. with no that bag, she had nothing—no guns, no blanket, no flashlight, not anything.

What do you need? simply identify it. whatever in any respect. you will want the celebs? I’ll lasso the celebs for you. Or how approximately I construct you a fort made from diamonds? whatever in any respect! ” Irene suppressed one other chortle. “How about…you owe me? A desire, one i will be able to name in later. ” Ian rose to his ft and held out a hand to her. “Sure! ” he acknowledged, pulling her up. “I’ll be the following. I ain’t goin’ nowhere. ” She and Ian have been toe-to-toe, a trifling whisper aside. Ian had held onto her hand, and now he tucked it opposed to his chest, pulling her in shut.

She meant, to an individual unexpected with the gadget, the image of an adolescent with wires protruding of her head most likely seemed extra like she used to be flinching in severe discomfort instead of dancing rapturously. Ian laughed and pointed at whatever else. Gao leaned nearer, and shortly the 2 males have been huddled jointly, pouring over the journal, Irene sincerely forgotten. She watched them for some time, surprised and just a little apprehensive that perhaps she shouldn’t have allow them to see it. Wasn’t there a few rule approximately now not telling humans from the previous in regards to the destiny?

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