Dear Aunt Augusta,
Is it all right to be in love with the ghost of my late wife? We were true soul mates but she is passed now and has returned as a ghost. Well, I say a ghost but she has somehow managed to time travel to 1897 from 2016. The thing is, she is as lovely as ever but I’m the only one who can see and feel her. Would it be right to –uh–you know–uh…. Well, never mind, is it all right to be in love with a ghost?
Thanks in advance for your answer,
Colby Gates, the hero of Long a Ghost, and Far Away in the anthology The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly by Andrea Downing
Dearest Colby Gates,
I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one, especially a beloved spouse is no easy task to bear, and it is, unfortunately, one that I have had to bear myself. I must confess that some days are easier than others, whereas some days are quite, and that is perfectly normal.
You ask if it is all right to be in love with the ghost of your late wife, and to that I say most certainly. After all, your love does not die the moment that your wife did. The bonds of marriage lasts until death do you part, but that does not mean that the love dies then as well.
To see her ghost, to be able to feel her, that is a true and special gift. Where it be real or merely your imagination or your grief, that does not matter. Love can conquer all things, whether in this life or in the next, whether real or incorporeal. Love and cherish her ghost and her memory.
I wish you the very best,
Long a Ghost, and Far Away in the anthology The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly by Andrea Downing
Colby Gates misses the wife he loved, yet a ghost is a poor substitute. Unhappily re-married and with outlaws searching for buried gold on his ranch, his wife’s spirit is a complication. Perhaps if the questions surrounding Lizzie’s death can be answered, the two can be together. For all time.
Dear authors, if ever you should find that one of your characters has found him or herself in a rather trying position, whether in matters of the heart or matters of fashion or any matter at all, do be a kind soul and write to me. I will endeavor to answer your questions, if you but pen them for me.