When I was a kid, summer vacation was a bit like being put in suspended animation. The wide circle of friends at school contracted to those in pedaling distance. The daily exercise of mental expansion paused, replaced by the holding pattern of summer day camp. By August, while I lamented the shortening of days, there was also a bit of excitement about the return to school. New classrooms, new books, new clothes and new adventures with old friends.
It takes thirty years for that summer break to end, for the most outcast of the six to call the others home to face a task they all thought was long finished. But the excitement they used to feel reuniting in the fall has morphed into trepidation. After all this time, and all they had endured, had those bonds between them broken forever or just stretched? Would they be strong enough if they again faced the entity they called The Woodsman?
Don’t you wait for thirty years or the arrival of a vengeful spirit. Take this autumn to find someone you used to look forward to seeing in autumns past. Social media makes it easier than ever. And if you need something to read while you wait for their response, download Sacrifice as an ebook anywhere you buy ebooks. Available in paper in November.
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About the Author: Russell R. James was raised on Long Island, New York, and spent too much time watching Chiller, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and Dark Shadows, despite his parents’ warnings. Bookshelves full of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe didn’t make things better. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Central Florida.
After a tour flying helicopters with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, he became a technical writer by day and spins twisted tales by night.
His wife reads what he writes, rolls her eyes, and says “There is something seriously wrong with you.”
He and his wife share their home in sunny Florida with two cats.