Daniel has a secret. It's not one of those secrets that he will die of embarrassment if anyone found out, it's a secret that could kill him. This secrets name is Desdemona. A demon in the form of a 17 year old girl who has ben appointed as the right hand of the devil himself. She has confided in Daniel for help, but for something he can't help her with. Or so he thinks...


5. Midlife Crisis

4. Midlife Crisis

Daniel woke up and he felt like he was on fire. His body was covered in sweat and he was dizzy. He sat up off the floor and looked over to see the huge 5 foot burn mark laying a few feet above his head. He must of passed out after-

The girl.

He leaped up and ran to his phone. As he grabbed his phone he bent over and grabbed his knees as he vomited onto the hardwood floor. "Oh Danny Boy I'm a lot more than that" her words played in his head over and over again as he dialed Laura's number.

"Do you realize what time it is Daniel?"


"You don't sound so hot. Are you all right?"


"Okay, Okay, I'm on my way."

The phone slipped out of his hands as he slowly lowered himself onto the floor.  He sat beside his own puddle of vomit, and realized how pathetic this was.  He has been out of college for 3 months, and he is already having a midlife crisis and possibly being haunted by a ghost.

"I expected you to be a lot smarter than this Danny." Said a familiar voice from the computer room.

Adrenaline rushing through his veins, Daniel stood up and sprinted to the computer room. There sat the intruder, in the same get up as last night, but instead her long black wavy hair was draped over the back of the computer chair as she lounged in front of it.  Her feet were propped up onto the desk and she looked like she lived there.

"Are you a ghost?"

The girl sighed and sat up in her chair as she rested her elbows on the table and held her head in her hands and shook her head.

She stopped shaking her head and half yelled, "I'm not a mother fucking ghost. Despite what people say they aren't real." She lifted her head from her hands and staired up to the ceiling.  "After some people dieThey roam the Earth as spirits yada yada lost between two worlds blah blah blah" She sat up and turned to look Daniel straight in the eyes.  Her bright blue eyes seemed to stare right into him. "The thing that we really need to discuss is how you have fucking bachelors degree and only write "the" and call that a novel."

"Then what are you?"

"I mean if you wrote Once Upon a Time or something then that would be a different story but "The" is just pathetic."


The girl raised her eyebrows and stared at Daniel. "Hey now Danny Boy no need to get rude. I'll tell you everything just call off your bitch."


Just then Daniel's front door opened and Laura walked in. "Daniel? Daniel are you all right?"

"Laura come quick!" Daniel turned his back from the girl and ran to Laura. He grabbed her icy hand and ran back to the computer room.

"There's a girl, she's not human she caught on fire last night and disappeared-"

As he stood with his hand in Laura's in the entrance to the computer room he realized that the girl was gone. But there was no sign of the burn marks that she had left two times before."

"Daniel you're so warm. Hot actually."

"She was right here...I'll show you"

Still grasping Laura's hand, he ran into the living room where he had woken up. But there was no burn in sight.

"Daniel did you vomit?"

 Daniel let go of her hand and stood where the burn mark would have been. "This doesn't make any sense she was right here...she caught on fire right here..."

"Daniel, I think you're fever is making you imagine things. Go to sleep. 'll stay here with you through the night, clean up the vomit and make sure you don't have another little episode."

"But she was going to explain everything to me.."

Laura gently grabbed his hand and led him to bed. As she walked out of his room he saw that she was wearing her purple fleece pajamas. She really did come in a hurry.  Daniel fell asleep as soon as he closed his eyes.

I'll explain everything in the morning.... he heard her voice whisper.



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