Akiko is bound by magic and obligation, unable to leave the station. Scott can help her become free, but doing so could unleash unnatural forces, destroying them both.
The question is, will Scott make the right decision?”
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“The coffee smells good,” she said.
Glancing up, I was surprised to see my ghost girl. It takes a lot of willpower to break away from the location or object they are tied to, even for a short time.
Before responding, I extracted my iPad from my satchel and brought up the Skype App and inserted a Bluetooth device in my ear. Now I could talk to the invisible girl without looking too insane.
“Would you like some?” I offered.
She made a disappointed face as she ran her hand through the coffee cup in front of me. She was only partly in this world. To her, it was an empty hologram, although a fragrant one. It’s strange that aromas and scents carry over, but not much else.
I motioned for her to sit across from me. She made a small bow before sitting, and then carefully placed her backpack beside the chair. She sat primly, knees together, feet flat on the floor, with her hands clasped on her lap. Only a slow up and down motion indicating she was not really “on” the chair.
Joining my hands around the cup, fingertip to fingertip, I slowly pulled them apart, concentrating on Schrödinger’s spell and adding energy. At least my version of the spell didn’t require sacrificing a cat. There were now two cups, one in each hand. The cup in my right hand was faintly translucent. I pushed the spirit cup to her. She poked at it gingerly with her forefinger, a surprised look on her face as her finger hit the cup and stopped.