Adam's Point [Legacy Series Book III]
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by Elena Dorothy Bowman
Category: Science Fiction/Historical Fiction
Description: The strange spirits who, without rhyme or reason, or so much as a 'by your leave', had suddenly inhabited The House On The Bluff and caused a multitude of problems. It was not only that people were disappearing, which heightened their trepidation, but the menacing, almost threatening manifestations it showered on the human residents, while relegating the "harmless" spiritual entities into their own inescapable prison. A prison, which was so deep within the recesses of the house, they apparently couldn't or didn't dare attempt to escape or leave. The new entities had taken control of the Inn on Adam's Point and were bound and determined to bring everyone into its clutches. But Jacob, one of the resident spirits, did try to break the hold that bound him and his compatriots only to fail in his attempt to warn Ethan, Abigail and Tony. After taking some of the guests to Caleb's Cove, Ethan wasn't sure how he was going to convince the remaining guests that danger still lurked at the Inn from an unknown source.
eBook Publisher: ebooksonthe.net/ebooksonthe.net, 2006 ebook
eBookwise Release Date: February 2007
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [269 KB]
Reading time: 175-245 min.
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The third and final episode begins with Ethan's return to Adam's Point after taking some of the guests to Caleb's Cove in order to lesson the danger that might engulf them. After the disappearances of the McCutcheons and the Holms, he thought it was a wise move to make until he could unravel the mystery of their disappearances.
The strange spirits who, without rhyme or reason, or so much as a 'by your leave', had suddenly inhabited The House On The Bluff and caused a multitude of problems. It was not only that people were disappearing, which heightened their trepidation, but the menacing, almost threatening manifestations it showered on the human residents, while relegating the "harmless" spiritual entities into their own inescapable prison. A prison, which was so deep within the recesses of the house, they apparently couldn't or didn't dare attempt to escape or leave. The new entities had taken control of The House On The Bluff and were bound and determined to bring everyone into its clutches. But Jacob, one of the resident spirits, did try to break the hold that bound him and his compatriots only to fail in his attempt to warn Ethan, Abigail and or Tony.
Ethan had deposited the four couples in the Bed and Breakfast motels in Caleb's Cove and asked Tom, one of the Sheriff's men to watch over them until he could return for them. And seeing that they were safely established within their rooms bid them good-bye and headed back to Adam's Point, promising that he would return with the others as soon as he found them.
He was in a hurry to return to the Point because he didn't like leaving Abigail alone. It wasn't that he didn't trust the people he left her with. He didn't trust the house. It tried to make her a part of it before, not once but twice, and he wasn't about to let it happen again. He knew she wasn't really alone there were three other couples with her along with Tony who would never let anything happen to her. Still, he wasn't there and he wanted to get back to her as quickly as he could. He knew the strange happenings and disappearances of two couples from the Inn had really shaken his remaining guests. Even if they didn't leave with the others who were quick to take Ethan up on his offer, they were still unnerved. They had decided to stay with Ethan, Abigail, and Tony instead of going aboard the Abigail for the half-hour sail to Caleb's Cove, and what had been considered a "safe harbor". On his return trip to Adam's Point, Ethan had the schooner at full throttle up until the time he reached the entrance to the Bay. He reduced speed as slow as possible so that he could quietly slip into the dock, unnoticed, and hopefully without further angering the wraith hovering over the Inn. It was where the others, especially Abigail, who had stayed behind were waiting anxiously, for his return. * * * *
With the disappearances of the McCutcheons' and the Holms', Ethan wasn't sure what was going to happen next. He wasn't aware of the fact that Jill had also disappeared. The people at Caleb's Cove hadn't thought to share that bit of information with him. Why? Because, as a group they had decided the strange wraith hovering over the Inn was just an apparition, conjured up by the Inn-keepers for publicity purposes. It was an illusion that was manifested for their benefit, so that they might enjoy a wonderful and entertaining vacation they never thought possible. It was meant to be a spirited vacation. One in which they could talk about to their families, and their friends, for many, many, years to come. They also believed that the missing guests weren't missing at all, but were in on it and had either decided to leave the Inn and were safe at home, or were somewhere else on Caleb's Cove waiting for the hallucinations to end. They convinced themselves that the McCutcheons had decided to make that trip to Scotland they were thinking of and that the Holms were either safely back in their own home or somewhere else on Caleb's Cove. The reason they gave was because they thought the McCutcheons and the Holms were in on the shenanigans occurring at the Inn on Adam's Point. The strange noises heard at night, the horrendous wraith hovering over the Inn, the fog that appeared and disappeared wantonly, and all the mysterious spirits who kept popping up at the strangest places, and at the strangest time. And in one case, it appeared as if Bridget McCutcheon had physically forced her husband to make a move away from the Inn. It was all intended to make those who were not involved believe that it was all for real and that they were really terrified of the goings on. Therefore, it was easy to believe that they had left the Inn and returned home sooner than they were expected to do.
But what they couldn't understand was why Jill would leave her husband and return home without him, unless she was a part of the scheme. It was a question they couldn't answer, and didn't even want to contemplate that maybe that wasn't the case and she might have left without him for parts unknown. Neil, her husband, however, was totally convinced that Jill had returned to The House On The Bluff as part of the illusionary scheme that was being perpetrated for the benefit of the guests, and would be waiting for him after the charade had been discovered and all was revealed.
Unfortunately, it wasn't the case. Ethan wasn't sure how he was going to convince the remaining guests that danger still lurked at the Inn from an unknown source. That he was doing everything in his power to contact Jacob, one of the permanent spiritual guests of the Inn, to help in his search for a safe resolution hoping to obtain the release of the missing guests, and the safety of the others. * * * *
But it was going to be difficult. He knew that. What he didn't know was that they would be in far more danger than he thought possible. A danger, which was lurking in the unknown, that could affect them all even the ones who had disappeared, but most especially for Abigail. The Gatekeeper was determined to get what he wanted, even if it meant the destruction of the people who were guests of the Inn
So it is that Ethan and Abigail must now fight for the survival of the guests in their care. And, for the return of those missing who are in the clutches of the Gatekeeper. That huge, untouchable, illusive, menacing, apparition, who refuses to release his victims until his demands are met--the problem is that, neither Ethan, Abigail, the residence spirits, or any of the guests at the Inn, knew what the Gatekeeper wanted.