The Ridley Case was taking The Inheritance team a little longer than they’d planned. Because other cases were coming in, part of the team left to address those. Only Xalen, Marty, Rosetta, and Shelly stayed behind. After conferring with one another, the team had an idea which they now brought before Mr. Ridley himself.
“Are you sure that type of thing is safe?” Mr. Ridley asked.
Observing the doubt in Mr. Ridley’s eyes, Xalen realized he would have to sell the idea to him.
“The way we perform the seance, it should be safe. Shelly is an expert at such things.”
“But you mentioned Shelly was leaving.”
Xalen glanced briefly at his daughter Rosetta and Shelly speaking across the room before answering. “This is true. Shelly has been called away to another client we have. But do not be concerned,” he quickly added. “Shelly taught Rosetta the elements of this process and she will do a fine job.”
“Well, if you’re certain…” Mr. Ridley said, his voice trailing off.
“I am absolutely certain that all will be well. It is a solid plan,” Xalen said.
“Are you okay with everything? I wish I could stay but this client can be difficult.”
“I’m very confident I can do this. After all, I was taught by the best.”
Shelly smiled at her young pupil. Rosetta was an odd duck, but Shelly had been teaching the girl what she knew since she was a small child. She had faith in her star pupil now.
As Rosetta had instructed, the room was dark save for the play of candlelight on the table. As Mr. Ridley, Xalen and Marty entered, she instructed them all to sit at the table.
“The circle we are making is very important. As long as you don’t break it, you will be safe.”
Mr. Ridley cleared his throat nervously and nodded. Rosetta already knew her parents would comply. This wasn’t their first rodeo.
“Every seance is different. Sometimes nothing happens at all and everyone is disappointed. But since I’ve already had contact with Clara, I am certain I can at least get her to join us. Hopefully, your late wife will also attend.”
Mr. Ridley was paler than usual but he nodded again. “I miss her so. Will I be able to see her?”
“You never saw Clara, so I do not believe you will see Mrs. Ridley either. But I will let you know if she is here, where she is and what she is saying. Shall we begin then?”
Marty smiled slightly in encouragement toward her daughter even though she was sure Rosetta didn’t need it. As a mom, though, she couldn’t help herself.
“Once I am in a trance, do not touch me or disturb me in any way.”
Rosetta closed her eyes and drew in a deep breath. In a short while, her head tilted forward slightly and her breathing became shallow.
“Clara, if you are here, we summon you to us. Please show yourself to us.”
The summoning went on for quite some time but Mr. Ridley remained as patient as anyone could.
“What do you want?” Clara boomed as her body materialized.
Rosetta opened her eyes and turned briefly to Mr. Ridley. “Clara is here, standing just to your right.”
Turning his head to the right, Mr. Ridley, in a shaky voice said, “Hello, Clara. Marty and Rosetta have told me how upset you are that I have been moving my sweet Violet’s belongings out of the house. I don’t want you to be angry, dear Clara. I was very good friends with your father and I’ve known you all your life.”
“What’s he going on about?” Clara demanded, stamping her foot. “Of course I’m mad! He needs to put Mrs. Ridley’s things back where they belong!”
“What is she saying?”
Marty jumped in before Rosetta could say something that might offend Mr. Ridley. Marty didn’t suppose Rosetta ever meant to be off-putting, but sometimes her matter of fact manner made people… uncomfortable.
“Clara is not… convinced,” Marty hurriedly said.
“I see!” Mr. Ridley turned to the right again to address the ghost he couldn’t see or hear. “Clara, sweet Violet died more than twenty years ago. I’ve been living with her memory all that time. Now, I need to let her go.”
“Nooooo!” Clara’s voice screeched.
“Stop that now,” a clear but quiet voice rang.
“Violet Ridley, is that you?” Rosetta called.
The hair stood up on her arms and the back of her neck as Violet Ridley began to materialize.
“Is Violet here?” Mr. Ridley asked. “Please tell me she’s here.”
Rosetta nodded as Violet pointed at Clara. “Go over there. I have things to say to my husband.”
Marty glanced at Xalen with apprehension and realized he could see Violet, too. He shrugged a little and smiled at her. Whatever was about to happen, he didn’t seem worried.
“Mrs. Ridley, you can’t let him get away with it! He’s trying to get rid of you and we can’t let that happen!”
Mrs. Violet Ridley turned her full attention to Clara and said in a low, calm voice, “You will be quiet and let me speak to my husband. I cannot manage this much longer.”
“What’s happening?” Mr. Ridley asked.
Mrs. Ridley faded momentarily, then came back in full form.
“She has something she wants you to know, Mr. Ridley. She does not have a lot of energy which means she cannot stay for long,” Rosetta said.
“Please, my darling, tell me what you want to say. If you want me to stop removing your things, I will. I will do anything you want! Please, Violet!”
Violet smiled lovingly at her husband and bent toward him as she spoke. “My husband, you are the only man I have ever loved. Even now, I adore you.”
“She still loves you deeply,” Marty said.
“I want you to be free. It isn’t right that you have had to live this way… with my belongings as if I am still here and alive. Clara is my friend, but I didn’t want this.”
“She wants you to remove her belongings and to move on with your life. She never wanted you to live alone with her things untouched. And,” Rosetta’s voice trailed off as the weight of this couples’ love made its way into her heart. She had never been the romantic sort. No, she was goal-oriented. Perhaps this had opened up new possibilities in her mind of what life could be.
Rosetta cleared her throat but it was Marty who spoke.
“And, she will always have the deepest love for you.”
Mr. Ridley put a hand over his heart as tears filled his eyes. “My sweet darling, I will always love you. I look forward to when we are together again.”
Mrs. Ridley smiled. It was a smile Rosetta had often seen pass between her parents but until now, its meaning had escaped her. She sat in silence, observing them with wonder. He couldn’t even see his dead wife yet he couldn’t hide how much he missed her.
“She wants you to remove her belongings if that is what you want to do,” Marty gently said.
Violet nodded and then blew a kiss toward the husband she was letting go of.
“Clara,” she said as if it was an order.
The two women took each others’ hands and disappeared in a bright beam of yellow-white light.
All they left behind was an electric current that lingered for a few minutes, then also vanished.
After the lights were turned on and Mr. Ridley had suitably recovered, he shook Xalen’s hand, nodding at Marty and Rosetta.
“I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done here. It seems Clara was out of step with Violet on this matter.”
“Indeed,” said Xalen with a smile. “Clara was the main disturbance. She was moving things that she knew you would notice. She wanted you to believe it was Mrs. Ridley.”
“What was her purpose?”
“To make you uneasy and even scare you,” Xalen said. “She was hoping Violet would draw on that energy and appear. She thought Violet would be as angry as she was that you were getting rid of things.”
“Little did she know that my wife just wanted me to do what made me happy.”
As the men continued to speak, Rosetta had many things to consider. Her first seance was under her belt and it had gone pretty well. On top of that, she was a front row witness to the depths love could go. Did she want to experience that? Before now, the answer would have been a resounding no.
She would have to ponder this further.
Author’s Note: This is the conclusion of the Ridley Case! I hope you liked it!
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