Meet Rachel Blackstone, the Reluctant Medium
The Reluctant Medium
Reporter Rachel Blackstone is the Reluctant Medium. Her father was an award-winning investigative journalist for the Albuquerque Journal. He died working on a story. Reporting must be in the family blood. Although that doesn’t explain her brother, who went into politics and is the mayor of Santa Fe. Perhaps he had a transfusion or another father—the product of a dalliance? Better not to go there.
Rachel left her husband and her hometown on one really bad night, and bought a, shall we say—pre-owned car. Then fled to Interstate 40, made a left and stopped driving in Tulsa. Here she barely made the rent for her faded bungalow working two jobs in what was the Oil Capital of the World, until most of the oil companies moved to Houston. Between the receptionist job where her duties mostly include pouring coffee and making copies, and the reporting she does for a society rag, she just can’t find her bliss.
She had never been satisfied with Santa Fe Police Department’s report on the death of her father. Rachel believed it could be murder. He had been driving to meet her the night he died. Apparently, he had information that would expose those in high positions in Santa Fe. But the proof died with him.
Wanting desperately to talk with him one last time, Rachel attempted a Hopi ceremony to return the dead. Although she followed the steps carefully, something went wrong. Maybe it was because she carried only a small amount of Native American heritage. You know, kind of a built-in fail-safe for people who have no business performing it. At any rate, her father didn’t come back, but someone did, and this spirit was up to no good. It made threats and disappeared, right through her door.
There was nothing to do but chase the spirit. In the middle of the night and back on Interstate 40, strange things began to happen: apparitions appeared. They included a wolf. At first, she thought it a living wolf, but it was white and filmy. Rachel was afraid of it and drove away from the encounter.
Back in Santa Fe, Rachel spoke with her best friend Chloe Valdez. The two women are suddenly caught up in something they don’t understand, and at least in Rachel’s case, she doesn’t want any part of, but it’s her doing that caused the turn of events in the first place. Rachel turns to the kindly Hopi shaman for help and hopes she can rise to the challenge of this evil spirit.
Her persona is one of impatience and exasperation, but with a dash of self-deprecation. She does her best to interject some humor, however dark—or inappropriate—into most situations. She is unconventional and things that are sacrosanct to others, are fair game to her. Her cynical personality is somewhat balanced by her friend Chloe who is a little more polished. Reluctant Medium is a mystery with paranormal elements; but it’s a buddy story too.
The journalist in Rachel struggles with the other-worldly situation. She is a fact-based person trying to cope with things she doesn’t understand and for which she can’t find an explanation.
This reporter never met a story she didn’t like. They are all challenging in different ways. It’s the boring ones that stretch her patience to the breaking point, but she deals with it by making a show of taking notes. That way, no one can see the perplexed look on her face.
Everyone has a story and Reluctant Medium is the story of Rachel Blackstone.
— G G Collins
Posted on August 25, 2012, in Reluctant Medium Misc., Uncategorized and tagged Albuquerque Journal, evil spirit, ghosts, Rachel Blackstone, Rail Runner, Reluctant Medium, return the dead, Santa Fe New Mexico. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.