Olivia blew into town with the storm and headed straight for The Grand Silver Hotel. Pots and containers of sauces and marinade clattered in the trunk of her Toyota, packed in with the rest of the groceries she’d brought from Phoenix. The evening sky hung heavy with dark clouds, but the shrinking Arizona sun still burned her arms through the car windows.
Bisden was one of those mining towns that had sprung up in the 1800s, flourished for a while, and then all but died once the silver ran out. Now, the town made its money from the tourists who trickled in, hoping to see two things: a real Wild West ghost town, and one of the most haunted historical sites in the southwest.
First published in A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Greenwillow Books, 2018.