Dead Til Dawn by Kelli A. Wilkins by Kelli A. Wilkins - Read Online

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Dead ‘Til Dawn

Disturbing the dead doesn’t prove you’re brave – it proves you’re stupid.

After touring Gettysburg battlefield, Jessica, Tim, and Steve decide to sneak out to the Devil’s Den for some late-night fun. Jessica’s friend Kathy objects, and warns them about trespassing where they’re not wanted.

Undaunted by ghost stories and fueled by his own arrogance, Tim races toward the Devil’s Den. When the group drives through mysterious battlefield fog, they find themselves surrounded by Civil War soldiers looking for a little fun of their own.

Kathy leaves the others to fend for themselves and flees to Little Round Top. Although she’s rescued by a kind-hearted Union solider named Charlie, she refuses to believe that what she’s experiencing is real. As the nighttime battle rages on, Charlie introduces Kathy to other weary soldiers, and she quickly realizes she’s trapped in the land of the dead until dawn.

Spend a night in the land of the dead in this 8,200-word ghost story set on the Gettysburg battlefield.

Published: Kelli A. Wilkins on
ISBN: 9781524260590
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I don’t think it’s a good idea. We should turn around.

Why, Kathy? Are you afraid of the ghosts? Tim snapped as he sped down Steinwehr Avenue. This trip to Gettysburg has been as boring as shit. It’s about time we had some excitement. Right, Jess?

Jessica turned in the front seat and faced her. Yeah, lighten up. You wanted to come here. This trip was supposed to be fun.

"This trip was supposed to be for the two of us. Nobody invited him along," Kathy grumbled, gesturing in Tim’s direction.

"I invited him. Just because you two don’t get along, it doesn’t mean he has to stay home..."

Kathy stared out the back passenger window and ignored Jessica’s lecture. It was always the same. Precious Tim came first and everyone else could go to hell. What did she see in him? In only three months, Tim had alienated all of Jessica’s other friends. She was the last one still hanging on, but for how much longer?

This so-called vacation with Jess was a disaster. She’d been hoping to have a girls-only weekend with her best friend, but Tim and his cousin Steve had ruined those plans. Now all she wanted was to go home.

Steve leaned forward in the back seat and tapped Tim on the shoulder. You think we can get to the Devil’s Den now? Won’t they have security guards?

Who’d guard a battlefield at night? Ghosts? Tim chuckled.

The ghost stories we heard today were cool, Steve replied. I wanted to take that ghost tour at the orphanage. They let you investigate and try to contact dead soldiers. Maybe tomorrow—

I told you, that was a rip off, Tim interrupted. Who cares who died out here, anyway? It was over a hundred and fifty years ago. I don’t know why you keep wasting your time and money on that paranormal crap. There’s no such thing as ghosts. People in town made up those stories to rake in tourist money and sell costumes to idiot reenactors. If playing dress-up... Whoa!

Tim stopped the car. A wall of white mist covered the road ten feet ahead of them.

Is that fog? Jessica asked, brushing her long red hair over her shoulder.

Yeah, Steve answered. But why is it there and not anywhere else?

Kathy peered out the side window. The two-lane road was crystal clear on both sides of the car, but the line of fog blocked their path. It’s waiting for us to advance. I’ve got a bad feeling about this. Let’s go back.

Tim glared at her in the rearview mirror. "You wanna go to