by Mel Dawn
Mark entered the cafe and tossed his backpack onto the floor.
“Hi, I’m Mark.”
“It’s ready.” She handed him a large brown bag and several drinks.
He carried his order to the table. “What the?” he exclaimed. “Someone has taken my bag!”
“That was an easy steal,” Tony thought.
Not bad. A tablet, a flip phone, and a box. He opened it.
Mist swirled out of it, along with the figure of a woman. “Return me or I shall haunt you forever,” she screamed at him.
It wasn’t just the image. Tony felt coldness and despair pierce his heart. He quickly closed the box and tossed it back.
“Now!” the voice yelled.
He raced back to the coffee shop.
Mark was in despair. They had searched all over. Then a man rushed in.
“Sorry, I grabbed it by mistake!” He dropped the backpack onto the floor then quickly left.
“Mom!” said Tony, in relief. He pulled the box from the backpack. “Now we can resume your celebration of life.”