Part 7: Mysterious Shade
The touch on his shoulder was faint and gentle and tingled like a dusting of snowflakes, but it was still enough to make him turn with a start to see the spectral figure of a girl about his age behind him.
She crouched down and touched a finger to her lips.
"It's okay," she whispered, "Don't be afraid, Rinn. My name is Jessa. I want to help."
She looked around warily before continuing. "Listen to me. If they bring you something to eat, don't eat it."
"It will make you sleep. Trust me, you mustn't eat it."
"Wait, how do you know this?"
"I-" she stopped.
"I'm sorry, I have to go now. But I'll come back soon. I promise."
And with that, the girl vanished and Rinn was alone again.
Well, he thought to himself, maybe I have an ally after all.