Friday, 6 December 2019, 6:57PM

Ashleigh crossed her arms over her chest. "What do you want?"

"Whoa, calm down, Ash," Jamie said as he closed the library door. "You don't have to sound so aggressive."

"Don't call me that."

"Aggressive?"

"Ash."

"Aw, why not?"

"It makes me uncomfortable."

"But that's what everyone else calls you."

Ashleigh's jaw stiffened. "They're my friends. You're not. You may call me Ashleigh."

"Oh, come on-"

"Please. I won't say it again."

Jamie scrunched up his face, but shrugged and said, "Okay, fine. Sorry."

"Now..." Ashleigh took a small breath. "What do you want?"

"Oh! I almost forgot. Guess what I have behind my back."

"The Holy Grail."

Jamie shook his head in excitement. "No. Even better than that." With a broad grin, he presented Ashleigh with a spirit board. "Ta-da!"

Ashleigh's eyes widened. "Where...did you get that?"

"The basement! Remember earlier when I said I had to organise some stuff? Well, this was that stuff!"

What is this idiot saying? Ashleigh tried to process Jamie's words. "So... You have a spirit board... And you want to use it?"

"Exactly. I thought since it's the five-year anniversary of the crash, we could have a séance... And I was wondering if you would lead it."

"What?"

"Yeah! You know, 'cause you're psychic and all that. We're more likely to make contact with someone if you're there."

Ashleigh backed away, shaking her head. "No way. I don't mess with those things. They're too dangerous!"

"What do you mean, dangerous?" Jamie asked, seeming genuinely confused.

"You don't know what you're dealing with," Ashleigh said firmly. "There's no guarantee you'll contact someone you know. You're just asking for trouble."

"Come on, please?" Jamie's tone was like that of a spoiled child begging for the latest toy. "I promise I'll take responsibility if anything bad happens."

"No."

"Oh." Jamie sighed. "Then get out of here. Leave."

"I - What?"

With a slow nod, Jamie said, "You heard me. The only reason I invited you in the first place was to get you to perform a séance. And if you won't do it... Then I don't want you here."

Ashleigh stared at Jamie in disbelief. "You're kidding."

"Nope. Either you perform the séance, or you leave."

"You're being ridiculous."

"Am I? I think I'm being perfectly reasonable. Oh, but if you want a little incentive..." A smirk slowly came across Jamie's face. "I can put in a good word for you."

"What do you mean?"

"I saw you in the library with Daniel. If you go along with the séance... Well, let's just say that I see some love in your future."

"I, uh... Um, well..." Ashleigh stumbled over her words. As stupid as Jamie was, he was rather perceptive. It didn't matter what she said; he could see right through her. However, it was worth a try. "We're friends. That's it."

"Yeah, and I'm our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

Ashleigh scoffed, then looked Jamie right in the eyes. "Fine. I'll play along. I'll do your little séance. But let me make something clear. I don't want or need your 'help' in regard to my relationship with Daniel. I know for a fact I don't have a chance with him. And I'm fine with that. Don't you dare interfere. Got it?"

"Uh-huh. I got it."

"Good."

"Hey, Jamie," Mia called from the other side of the room. She held up her phone, apparently oblivious to the conversation. "There's no Wi-Fi. What's up with that?"

"It's not working? Let me check the router in the basement," Jamie replied. Then he looked at Ashleigh and said, "We'll do the séance after dinner, okay?"

Ashleigh shrugged. "Fine."

"Uh, hello?" Mia waved her arms above her head. "Are you going to do something about that anytime soon?"

"Yeah," Jamie said. "I'll try and get that internet up and running for you in a minute. Just hang on." He made his way over to the basement stairs and soon disappeared from view.

After a minute or two, Ashleigh looked back at the library. She opened the heavy door and went inside. The book she was reading earlier was resting on the table. Daniel was nowhere in sight. Ashleigh searched the entire room, but she was unable to find him.