The pain in his body had completely subsided by time he awoke. The clock on his nightstand read 1:15 p.m., and despite having overslept he felt exhausted.
Marcus’s sleep was restless and filled with nightmarish images of his father’s ghost. He would have thought the entire event a dream if not for the tender knot on the back of his head.
“You have to get up some time, Marcus. You have to deal with this.”
He rolled out of bed with great effort, and forced himself through the routine of brushing his teeth, shaving his head, and showering. The warm water and steam were refreshing. The scent of his frankincense soap revitalized both his body and mind.
After showering he selected a pair of jeans and a black long sleeved shirt. He wandered into the living room and sat at his computer. He wanted to do a search online of ghost manifestations to see if anyone else had ever experienced an attack like he suffered.
Video blogs and a host of images came up in his search, most of which were obvious hoaxes. Those which were not so obvious left him skeptical. Most of the webpages he skimmed were made by hobbyist and conspiracy theorists willing to fall for anything.
He walked away from the computer realizing how shaken he was over the whole attack. He couldn’t get the image of the ghost out of his head.
“Something’s going on back home. I have to see it for myself.”
Marcus headed back to his room and finished packing without incident. An hour later he was on I-5 making the 13 hour drive to the town of his youth.