By Thomas D'Agostino

New England is wealthy in historical past and secret. a number of sleepy little cities and farming groups distinguish the region's scenic tranquility. yet no longer in the past, New Englanders lived in worry of spectral ghouls believed to upward push from their graves and stopover at relations within the evening to suck their lives away. even if the be aware "vampire" was once by no means spoken, rankings of households disinterred family through the eighteenth and 19th centuries trying to find telltale symptoms that considered one of them should be what's now often called the hot England vampire.

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And a nonstop talker. What a great combination. on for a few more minutes and then said she had to get back home. "My mother claims she needs me to help with some chores around the house. Can you believe it? Chores! But I'll see you later, Jack. Oh, and you, too, of course," she added without even using my name. "Kelly Pitts," said Jack thoughtfully as he watched her walk away. ' rattled " "Oh, well," I said forgivingly. 34 I could afford to Ann Hodgman be gracious now that Kelly was out of sight.

Vacation had barely started, but I was wishing it were to — — already over. Then one day Kelly dropped in with some news. I was reading on my bed (my father had fixed the headboard, of course), and she came in and flung herself down at my desk. 38 Ann Hodgman "I me. " The Moose she told Center dance, you last night! " Community Center Island has dances once in a while. Jack and I went to one for vampire-tracking purposes, not to last year dance and we had such a terrible time that I've never been to another one.

To go out 36 Ann Hodgman Uh, wrong. Luckily, there was no danger of Jack's taking Kelly sailing. "Unless she can figure out a to blackmail me into it," he told me way privately a couple of days later. Jack wasn't warming up to Kelly any more than I had. In fact, Jack was the one who came up with her new name: Pittsy. Once we'd started calling her that behiad her back, it was almost impossible not to slip and say it to her face. At least the suspense of wondering whether we might call her Pittsy by mistake made talking to her more exciting.

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