“Cut it out,” Alex whispered, sternly, which just made Maddie try harder to get him to look.
Finally, his mother and grandmother left the room. “Will you stop trying to make me laugh! I’m going to get in trouble for not paying attention!”
“Then pay attention! To Me!” Maddie yelled, cartwheeling across the floor.
Maddie’s mother yelled, “Maddie Green! You leave Alex alone! He’s trying to be good!”
“Ah, Mummy, I’m just having fun...” but she stopped her cartwheels and sat down quietly next to Alex. “Will you play with me later?” she asked.
“Sure, Maddy. But right now, I have to do some important work for my Mum. You know how Mums are. We have to get ready for the trick or treaters tonight. We put up decorations and have candy to give out. You remember. I know you’re still little but you’ve seen it before, remember?”
“Can I stay with you this time?”
“Don’t you wanna go with your Mum and Dad, and Harry, to the cemetery like you usually do?”
“It’s OK but I’m too little and I can only watch. It would be more fun to stay with you. I could hand out the candy!”
“Sure! Watch me!”
As Alex watched, Maddie disappeared, and then a candy bar lifted up off the table and floated over, dropping right in his hand. Alex actually jumped!
“I didn’t know ghosts could move real things!” he said a bit in shock.
“It’s a trick! Your Grammie taught me!”
Just then his mother walked back in the room.
“What’s the matter with you?” she said, “You look like you’ve seen a ghost.”
Alex looked over her shoulder at his grandmother waving frantically to him so he wouldn’t give the secret away, “You have no idea...” he said finally.