Now it is the time of night That the graves, all gaping wide,
Every one lets forth his sprite In the church-way paths to glide.
- William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
while at the Halloween Ball, Wilbur Kincade sees a vision of loveliness from across the room. to his surprise, she glides over to him, introduces herself as Jessica and invites him to dance with her. later, Jessica asks him to go for a walk on one of Stockman College's nature trails. Wilbur could not believe his good fortune. he accepts and realizes too late that he has sealed his fate.
author Lauren DeLuca's short story deals with a White Lady bent on revenge. it was pretty straightforward and as i got deeper into the story, i had this feeling that some parts of it were predictable and hardly surprising. unfortunately, that is where i made a mistake. Ms. DeLuca had a few tricks up her sleeve that i did not expect at all especially with regard to poor Wilbur. he had my sympathy from the get-go but i changed my mind later because of what he exhibited by the lake.
aside from telling a creepy campus urban legend, Ms. DeLuca also brings home the point that appearances can be deceiving and for every action, there are consequences to pay.
overall, this is one of those stories that is perfect to read and talk about, i think, not only during Halloween but also when having sleepovers and around the campfire.
*Jessica is available at Amazon. for more information about Laura DeLuca and her work, please visit http://authorlauradeluca.blogspot.com/
my personal rating is:
Jessica contains material not suitable for younger readers 15 and under.