Welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio. I’m your host, Lisa Burton the robot girl, and my very special guest today is Patty Hall. “Welcome to the show, Patty.”
“Thank you Miss Burton, it’s an honor to be here.”
“Oh please, call me Lisa. Tell our audience how old you are.”
“Okay, Lisa, I’m fifteen and live in rural Virginia. High School class of 1978, if I make it.”
“We’ll get to that last remark in a minute. You live with a certain disability, why don’t you tell our listeners about that. If that’s okay.”
“It’s alright. My mother makes me wear corrective leg braces. They aren’t any worse than lots of other people, and it’s embarrassing to wear them. They’ve made me a social outcast at school.”
“I wouldn’t exactly say that. You seem to have some pretty solid friends to me.”
“Pete and Laura are the best. I suppose if that’s all the friends I can have, at least I have the best.”
“I think so too. Now, you ran into a bit of trouble out in the forest, what’s that all about.”
“We’re all into star gazing. We like to look at the constellations, planets, satellites, that kind of thing. One night we saw this glowing green thingie floating through the woods. It attacked this college boy who was camping for the night. It was terrible.”
“It sounds horrible. Did you ever determine what it was?”
“It’s called a Will O’ the Wisp, and it’s more awful than you think. It went into this boy’s body and made him sick. It controlled him and made him kill my uncle. Then it made the boy drown on dry land. It’s hard to explain, but it’s like his body filled up with water and killed him.
“And that’s not the worst of it. Another one attacked one of my Mom’s friends, and she’s trying to kill me.”
“Have you told anyone about it? Maybe there’s some kind of protection available.”
“Are you kidding me. Pete and I both saw it, but nobody is going to believe us. Laura says she does, but I can tell she’s trying to be a friend. My mother would have me talking to a shrink so fast– I mean, I’m thinking about running away, but I’m afraid it would follow me.”
“You mean your mom’s friend?”
“Yeah, her, but if she drowns I think there will be another one.”
“What will you do?”
“I don’t know, I think it must be alien, but that’s as much as I know. It isn’t like H. G. Well’s virus is showing up to kill off the aliens for me. All I know is that it came from up Bergamot Holler. If I can find where it comes from, I might figure out how to stop it. Except my mother wants me to stay away from Bergamot Holler. She says weird things happen up there. I found out some of my ancestors died up there too, and one of them drowned on dry land.
“I mean, what if there’s an alien ship buried up there and they’re mad at my family? I don’t know. It’s all making my hair fall out, and my nose bleed.”
“It sounds dangerous to me too. It would be hard walking through the woods with leg braces, then doing it at night with something dangerous in the woods.”
“I’m kind of used to it. The woods are where we watch for satellites. My mother is making me wear these things to the Homecoming dance. I don’t even want to go, but she’s forcing me. It’s embarrassing to show up without a date. I mean, who’s going to ask the girl with braces? Then if anyone dances with me it will just be to make a joke or show off to their friends.”
“Maybe she knows you can’t go back and do it later. High School is kind of a one shot deal.”
“No thank you. I’d rather wait until college. I’ll be out of these stupid braces then. That’s assuming I live that long.”
“So what would you study?”
“I want to be an astronaut. Bent legs won’t make any difference in space, and they might even be an advantage. The Soviets have lady Cosmonauts, how much longer can the US hold out? I think if I work hard, I could be one of the first ones.”
“I think you can too, if you study hard. In the mean time, get some help and try to avoid the Will O’ the Wisp.”
“It’s not the wisp that’s trying to kill me. It’s Mrs. Matthews who’s being controlled by the wisp. Can you imagine Mom’s reaction if I accuse her friend?”
“That could be a problem–”
“Yeah, and protective custody doesn’t look too good on a college application, or an application to NASA.”
“Thank you for joining us today, Patty, and I hope you figure it all out soon.”
“Thank you, Miss Lisa.”
“Our sponsor today is Will O’ the Wisp by our own C. S. Boyack. I’ll include all the details on the website. For Lisa Burton Radio, I’m Lisa Burton.”
Patty Hall is fifteen years old. She loves stargazing, science fiction, and all things related to space exploration. This leaves her perfectly prepared for the wrong problem.
Patty is afraid her mother will send her to a care facility if she tells her what she’s seen. If she doesn’t figure things out soon, she’s going to join her father in the Hall family cemetery plot.
Patty has to come to grips with her own physical handicap, survive the wilderness, and face an ancient evil all alone if she’s going to survive.
Will O’ the Wisp is suitable for young adults. It involves strong elements of suspense, and is set in the mid 1970s.
This book is available in two different versions, depending upon where you live.
North American Continent http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UPH6BNS
Rest of the world http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B00UQNDT2C