Benji Richard died when he was just nineteen years old and other than the circumstances of his untimely demise the reader learns very little about his actual life, so I thought for my visit here I would give you some of the background information that never made it into the story about my favourite spook.
Name: Benjamin Alexander Richards
Age: 19 (at death)
Parents: Flora Richards and Alexander Richards (both deceased by the start of the story)
Favourite subject at school: PE (Physical Education). Benji never liked sitting still in a classroom, listening to a lecture. He enjoyed subjects that were more “hands on” such as woodwork and PE. PE was his favourite though as he loved being outside and has a rather large competitive streak. As a child, when his mother needed to call him in at night she could almost always find him kicking a football around at the local park.
Least favourite subject: Maths. Although Benji was not fond of any subject that involved sitting at a desk for the whole of the lesson, Maths was his least favourite subject since there was just nothing in it to spark his interest. The teacher for this class also made him sit at the front since he was prone to gazing out of the window, watching other classes on the football pitch, instead of concentrating.
Ambitions: Benji wanted to become a chef. His mother was a great cook and he learned from her. Unlike his mother, who would never have been able to follow that career path in the era they lived, Benji hoped to achieve the ambition for both of them.
Job: Although it wasn’t his ideal job, Benji worked in the local café, hoping it would not be long before he secured a job in a restaurant. Most of his tasks don’t involve whipping up fancy meals, but when time allows his boss does let him experiment a little. If his experiments don’t sell, the cost of the goods comes out of his wages. Thankfully for Benji this doesn’t happen too often. His strange concoctions are surprisingly popular.
Greatest fear: Benji was very worried about joining the army. It wasn’t that he was afraid of the army or the actual fighting, but he feared what it would do to his mother. She had lost his father to the war and he knew it would kill her if she lost him too. Thankfully for both of them National Service was abolished shortly before Benji would have been due to enlist.
Likes: Benji has a great love of motorbikes and would have loved to have one of his own. He was saving up to buy one when he died. His mother didn’t want him to get one, thinking them dangerous contraptions, but in this Benji was quite determined.
Dislikes: Modern music. Benji was a huge rock and roll from the moment he heard it. When he stuck around as a ghost he was far more likely to be found haunting someone who listened to 50s music than any other. As the years have passed fewer people in his locale listen to the music he enjoys. He really dislikes modern dance music and if you think he might be haunting you, the quickest way to get rid of him is to play some. He’ll disappear faster than you can say ectoplasm.
Unfinished business: Ah, now that would be telling, wouldn’t it?
Drew Jessop wants a life without ghosts. He doesn’t want to see, hear, or talk to them. Ignoring them should be relatively simple.
But Drew soon finds that Benji Richards, an eternally gorgeous ghost from the fifties, is not so easy to ignore.
Halloween night is approaching and both Drew and Benji know what it could mean for them. From sunset to sunrise, it is the one night of the year when a mortal can feel the touch of a ghost.
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