Brian finally allows Jordan into bed with him, so she feels safe. She falls asleep, but he thinks he hears someone calling his name. Compelled to respond, he finds himself in the crystal room talking to a purple skull. Jackie arrives and he joins her in meditation, with the skull in his hand.
Brian did what she said. He closed his eyes, breathed deeply and waited. The skull warmed in his hand and his mind’s eye filled with images which moved jerkily, like an old silent film. Soon, the movement smoothed and Brian saw his father. Miles Casey stood on the road to the swamp, about the same place where Brian had first seen the dog. He held out his arms, palms facing the woods, and seemed to be talking. Brian couldn’t hear any sound, but his father’s lips moved rapidly.
Two dogs appeared, a female to his left, a…
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