Libby estate (Setting of Penny for the Night) Tour Guide:-
Hello, and welcome to the Libby estate. Thank you for visiting.
The Libby estate was built by Charles and Ida Libby. This historic estate is rumored to have helped boost the economy in this area of Florida. While no records exist confirming this, it is known that it was always Ida Libby's dream to adopt lots of children, so they built this very large home in order to house their large family.
Unofficially, I'm not supposed to tell you this, but I think this place is...haunted! Stewart, a man who used to work here told me that he had seen a lady in green roaming the halls. I think I've seen her too.
She will go into a room and then disappear into thin air! He actually died right here in this house. Some people are saying the ghost... well, killed him.
The boss is supposed to be hiring a psychic to check the place out soon. I hope she gets here soon. I don't know if I feel safe with a dangerous ghost around.
Oh, don't go. I'm sure it's safe here... I think... Hey, wait, for me!
Penny for the Night
by Sally Max
Hired to investigate strange phenomenon in a historic mansion, Penny, a struggling psychic can't let this opportunity pass. Even if that does mean being thrown together with her ex, Declan, all night long, all by themselves, or are they?
Hired to investigate strange phenomenon and a mysterious death at a historic mansion, Penny, a struggling psychic can't let this opportunity pass. Even if that does mean being thrown together with her ex, Declan, who thinks she's a fraud. Tempers flare, as the two have to work together, but can they survive the night long investigation without killing each other? Or will a ghost, already accused of causing one man's death, cause two more?
"Penny," a gruff voice said from the back of the room.
Surprised, she jerked her head to the left as the familiarity of the voice washed over her. When she turned, she saw him, all six feet, and in a dark blue suit. He looked good, very professional. His dusty blond hair still had that unkempt sexiness that made her want to run her fingers through it. He must still run, as his lean muscles were outlined in the tailored jacket and pants. Her body reacted as if she had been punched in the gut. How long had he been there? Had he known she was at the funeral the whole time?
"Declan?" she said, slightly confused.
"What are you doing here?" he asked, an accusatory tone in his voice.
His presence filled the room; how had she not felt him there? Perhaps it was the atmosphere; she wasn't used to doing readings in such damp conditions.
"I'm...I..." Penny started, then, realizing it was really none of his business, stated, "I'm here in a professional capacity."
"A professional what?"
"That's none of your concern. I didn't realize you lived around here, let alone would be at this funeral—"
"So, you would have avoided me, if given the chance?" he asked.
"Yes," Penny responded, offering the truth. "Why open old wounds?"
He opened, then shut his mouth slowly, as if tasting that delicate bit of knowledge.
"I've moved on, as I'm sure you have too," Declan stated finally.
"Of course, it's been what, nine-ten years?"
"Something like that."
"Well, it was good seeing you, but I have a meeting with my client in a few minutes, I should get going." She held her hand out to him for a handshake.
Declan looked at Penny's hand, and with a roll of his eyes, he walked out the door. He still wouldn't touch her.
Sally Max Bio:
After not being able to answer, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" when she was little, Sally Max decided she wouldn't settle on just one profession. Instead, she lives vicariously through her characters on the page, and gets a taste of every possible scenario she can imagine.
Sally Max currently resides in southwest Florida with her orange tabby cat.