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Crossroads in Crescent City

Crossroads in Crescent City

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Published by Lisa Arnopp
Maggie is too practical to believe in ghosts - but that doesn’t stop one from believing in her.

On a trip to New Orleans, a tarot reading reveals that Maggie is on the Crossroads of the spiritual and the physical. Being a grounded individual, she not only doesn’t buy it but won’t have it. Unfortunately, the spiritual realm isn’t obliging. Her unwanted quest forces her to deal with her personal ghost and demons and a few impersonal ones as well.
Maggie is too practical to believe in ghosts - but that doesn’t stop one from believing in her.

On a trip to New Orleans, a tarot reading reveals that Maggie is on the Crossroads of the spiritual and the physical. Being a grounded individual, she not only doesn’t buy it but won’t have it. Unfortunately, the spiritual realm isn’t obliging. Her unwanted quest forces her to deal with her personal ghost and demons and a few impersonal ones as well.

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Published by: Lisa Arnopp on Jul 24, 2011
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 Crossroads inCrescent City
Lisa Marie Arnopp
 
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Maggie and Carmen walked down Pirate Alley between the Cabildo and St. LouisCathedral. Maggie was the taller of the two high school seniors with long sandy tressesand round deep brown eyes. She wasn’t the kind of girl that stood out and next toCarmen she felt completely invisible in her turquoise tank top and jean shorts. Lookingdown she wished she had worn cute sandals to dress up the outfit a bit instead of her sneakers. Then her pragmatic side reminded her if she had, she’d have blisters. Her  pragmatic side was annoying but usually right. They had been roaming the FrenchQuarter since before lunch and weren’t going to stop until after dark.What Carmen lacked in height, she made up for in extra curves. Carmen’s D cupsdwarfed Maggie’s barely Bs. Her hair and eyes were a close match to Maggie’s naturally but currently her mane was nearly black and cropped short with long bangs. It was alsostyled straighter than a ruler. The enhanced darkness was for their trip. “I want people toknow I'm emo and not goth.” Carmen confessed before Maggie even had a millisecondto register the entirety of the new look.Maggie didn't hold to stringent concepts to either emo or goth. She had a fewsilent reactions to the improved Carmen. First, if anything Carmen was more goth.Second, Carmen was like a cheerleader despite her efforts. Other than an unhealthyfixation with the occult, she was way too perky. Maggie never told Carmen her thoughtsfor they would be received as an insult. And third, Carmen could shave her head and still be stunning. Carmen had been the Home Coming Queen last fall and Maggie had beenthe Home-Coming Queen’s BFF.Carmen had always been the bold one and cutting off eight inches of hair was justanother exhibit in the litany of evidence. It was eye-catching but she wished Carmen hadasked her before hand. It didn’t take more than a moment to see why she hadn’t. Maggiewould be too chicken to do the same and worse, she would have tried to talk Carmen outof it. They liked to pretend they were sisters and their hair and eyes were the only thingsthey had in common to sell the farce.As she people watched and window-shopped, Maggie debated getting her hair done. Getting a short cut was an option but she doubted her mother would let her dye it black, at least not professionally. Then her pragmatic mind reminded her that she’d need
 
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to blow dry it straight or it wouldn’t look as cute. That was enough to let Carmen beCarmen and she’d stay Maggie. High maintenance, she wasn’t. She wished she hadgotten the opportunity to talk Carmen out of it because it dawned on her that it was goingto take Carmen longer than ever to be ready in the morning.Dressed in all black, Carmen’s top was gauzy and short sleeved. It was over eighty degrees after all. As always, the guys took notice often smiling at Carmen, whoreturned the favor without delay. Occasionally, they’d deign a cursory glance to Maggiewho also smiled back, always growing a bit pink in the process. Every time Carmen pretended she didn’t find this shyness endearing, which she did. More proof she was toohappy to be emo.“That one was cute.” Carmen said when a guy bumped into Maggie and gave her an approving scan as he apologized.“Makes up for almost knocking me down.” Maggie joked thinking he was onlyaverage looking.“Girl, you hold yourself back. Matthew asked me if you like him.” ApparentlyCarmen had spoken to Matthew since Friday, or she sat on the news a full weekend,which would be an impossibility for her.Like was a strong word but he was fetching. Maggie wouldn’t mind spendingsome time with him. She had never had a heavy steady and he was high on her wish list.“When did Matthew supposedly say this?”“Sunday and he did say it.” Carmen’s voice always sounded like a little girls,more so when she was irked.“And you didn’t think to tell me this earlier? Like on the plane or for the last sixhours we’ve spent together.”“I forgot.”Maggie tried to imagine how she came up in conversation. Then it the bulb lit upso to speak. Matthew was trying to woo Carmen, who had recently broken it off withOwen after a yearlong romance. Carmen wouldn’t be keen on Matthew because he’ssuper straight-laced, so she pushed the idea of Maggie on him as a substitute. Too kindto be a jerk, he most likely gave a noncommittal statement of agreement and Carmen readinto it.

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