Playing in the park was getting old. Same people most of the time. If she was going to build a broad fan base, she was going to have to check out a few new places. Why not the community pool?
Besides, it was a hot day, and she could use a dip.
As dusk arrived, Susie pulled herself out of the pool and serenaded the swimmers in the hot tup.
Then something unbelievable happened. A swimmer became exhausted and started going under! She scrambled for the edge of the pool, but failed to grab it in time. Before she even had time to react, Susie was staring at a drowned woman.
Beside her, the shadows began to coalesce into a a human shape….
The Grim Reaper called upon the soul of the drowned woman.
It listened to the spirit beg for… what? Its life back? A trip to Heaven instead of Hell?
With a slash if its scythe, the woman’s spirit disappeared. Susie and her fellow swimmers stood transfixed as the last wisp of the soul dissipated in the air.
After that, the Grim Reaper went swimming, dark cloak and all. Apparently, when you’re the Reaper, you don’t have to worry about getting your work clothes soaking wet.
Susie fled the pool and went home, troubled and frightened. The next day, she was drawn to the graveyard in the thought of seeing… well, she wasn’t sure what she expected to see. But nothing happened there. The morbid fascination stayed with her for days afterward. She secretly resolved that if someone close to her were to die, she would take their ashes to the science lab to see if she could learn the secrets of the afterlife. After all, Jared was a lot older than her or Connor, and why should she care what happened to him when he died?