I go further in, to the ghosts. The first ghost is the ghost of the Boots. They are two holes in the wave of stone that half-fills a room of the old house. No telling who felt inside the pair of holes and found they were the shape of the inside of a boot. If you slide your feet into them—first checking that nothing has gotten there first—you can ask the ghost for a wish.

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Catherine Mintz's work has appeared in Asimov's, Interzone, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's anthologies, among many others. She is the editor of the online newszine Origami Unicorn and owner of Copper Publishing. Her website is http://catherine-mintz.com.

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