Invention, research, and a thirst for progress fueled the academic environments of the Victorian world. In this story, a scientist has moved to the mountains of Colorado in order to discover a feature of silver that would allow it to recover from both the bimetallism decisions and the value-crushing Coinage Act of 1873. Our scientist, Nathan, is confident that a careful application of pure silver (among other elements) will allow him to capture and analyze a human soul. When his experiments reach a crescendo, and his wife’s life is at stake, Nathan finds himself quite unprepared for the outcome. An ancient earth-spirit waits nearby to add to his consternation. A century later, two sisters come to the depleted mining town (now a barely-thriving tourist town) in the hopes of owning and running bed and breakfast. The house they choose used to belong to our intrepid scientist. They chose it specifically because it was rumored to be haunted. They had no idea just how haunted it would turn out to be.
Born in a small mountain community in Colorado, Karoline grew up in a world full of antiques and historically important oddities. The ghosts of a decaying Victorian mining history lingered in the background of her entire childhood, even as her own family was supported by the contemporary molybdenum mining industry. As she got older and her fascination with fairy tales and mythology took hold, it seemed only natural that she take advantage of her truly renaissance up-bringing by beginning to write creative poetry and stories of her own. The story found herein is her fi rst attempt at capturing a few of her most vivid experiences, imaginings and musings.