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This week I'm continuing with my short story. Out of Time follows a young woman searching for a lost family history. In the haunted town of Benton, she discovers that past and present memories overlap, and that ghosts aren't always what they seem.
Before coming to Benton, her trip to Virginia City had been fruitful. For the past five years Kayla had searched for clues to her great-great-great-great aunt’s true story. Family legend held that Adeline Montgomery nee Smith was a prostitute. She’d married, escaped the whore houses in Virginia City, and then moved to Bodie, the infamous, rowdy mining town in the eastern Sierras. Her life did not have a happy ending. Depending on which family member was telling the story, Adeline, or her husband, or both of them were killed by Adeline’s pimp shortly after leaving Virginia City.
Kayla had found clues throughout the years – mentions in newspapers in Virginia City, tax records of someone named N. Montgomery, but the clues still didn’t make a whole picture. During this trip, she’d found a letter from 1884, written from one lady-of-the-night to another. It referenced a woman named ‘Addy’ who had moved to the boom town of Benton, California to live in happiness with her new husband. Benton was remote and close to Bodie. Could this be where her aunt and her husband had ended up?