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Topic: As Dead As It Gets By:Katie Alender

The bad news is ghosts are everywhere there in you kitchen, in your living room watching you when you are watching a scary movie with your friend, and watching you when you have fights with your parents. The good news is that you'll never know it. Even if you try to summon them with the silly games where you go into a dark bathroom and say the name of the ghost you want to come and as much as it would love to come a pop you pretty little head right off your body, you probably won’t ever eve com close to a ghost in your life, but someone did a teenage girl named Alexis she saw them in every photo she took and every place she went. There was one ghost in particular that was always by her side looking for revenge. A girl she new from school had died she had been murdered and Alexis was a witness of the murder. The dead girls name was Lydia. Alexis and her friend Jared were out on a walk in the park taking pictures of nature, Alexis was scared to take pictures because she thought that she might see a ghost in then so she would casually take a few to not make anything look to obvious. As they walked down the trail a little further she grabbed her camera held it up and moved it down slowly after every click, after she had taken those pictures she wanted to look at them to see if there were any ghosts, they were all clear until she got to the last on. There was what looked to be like a little boy between ages 3-5 outside by him self in a winter coat, Alexis said "oh no" then got Jared's attention saying "there was a boy, I saw his he was young", Jared replying quick sawing "what, where!", " over there I think he might have moved, should we go look for him?" Alexis replied, "of course it was to cold to for a little child to be outside". As they walked faster and faster down the path turning the corner Alexis stopped, the little boy was right in front if her she then slowly stepped to the side walking behind it when she realised it was a ghost and got an unpleasing sight the little boy had a huge dent in he's head. Jared stepped through the little boys ghost getting the chills as he went towards Alexis, she started crying on Jared's shoulder, Jared consoled her says " its okay, you've been through a lot, everyone always needs a good cry". After that eventful moment Alexis was sweating under all her layers and they decided to head back to there vehicles. As Alexis left is began to rain and the roads were slick and made her car spin out of control, but then she saw a bright light next to her and it was the ghost of Lydia back again to murder her.

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As Alexis was on her way home Lydia's ghost was sitting in the passenger's seat of her mom's car. As she pulled into the garage and parked the car, she got out and headed to the door that leads to the hallway into the house. Before she was able to open the door to enter Lydia's ghost was there and Alexis had the nerve to just walk right through her but she hated the feeling of being pushed into the waters of an ice cold pool. Alexis started by saying "move!" and she continued that with " okay I get it you hate me, you want to kill me and you tried once but failed so can you just leave me alone now?". Lydia's ghost replied saying "Why would I let a murderer have a good life, and I'll leave you alone when I feel like it", her ghost moved a step closer to Alexis then went right through her and back around through her again Alexis had chills that cause her to weaken and fall to the ground and when she looked up she saw Lydia's ghost hunched over and when she talked it was weak and quite. Lydia turned and walked through the door and she could then hear the lock turn, she banged on the door a couple of times hoping her parents or sister would hear her but there was no luck. Alexis decided to then go to the other door and as she turned the key to open in her sister was standing there her eyes wide glancing over her Alexis's wet and shivering body. As she entered the house her dad called " did you get any good photographs?", "not really, I'm starting to lose interest in it you know?" Alexis replied, with no answer she continued to her bedroom. When she was coming out she went to the couch sat down and turned on the T.V. and the news reports were dressed in Christmas sweaters laughing then the female reported said " A Christmas Tragedy", Alexis was more interested no, as she continued watching the reporter said " Surrey police are investigating the disappearance of 16-year-old Kendra Charnow", as the show continued on the news cameraman was in the helicopter showing the forest of where they were looking. Alexis saw a bright light in the corner of the T.V and thought there was something wrong with the T.V but then realized there wasn't when the Camera moved closer to it. She then went to her room and grabbed her car keys, her dad asking “ where are you going?” , “just out, I’ll be back in a while”. Later she was at the park and she saw the parking lot full of police cars and news vans so she continued down the road and parked at an abandoned cafe. She was going to look for Kendra.

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Alexis climbed on the trail and up a cliff looking for Kendra when she got to the cliff she realized it was a dead end and was going to turn back but she decided to climb down the cliff instead. She carefully made her way down the cliff trying not to slip on loose rocks or weeds, she was accompanied by Lydia when she was at the bottom asking where she put Kendra and Lydia said: “behind you”. Kendra was laying as if she had been run over by a car she had her eyes closed, Alexis quickly ran over to check Kendra’s pulse. Her eyes slowly opened and she whispers “ Water, water, I need water”, Alexis grabbing her water bottle from her bag pressed it against her lips saying “drink slowly take your time everything is going to be okay. I will call for help and you will be safe in no time”. As she was about to call for help she asked Kendra what she was running form and she said “ you Alexis, I was running from you”, then Kendra’s eyes closed and Alexis was going to call again but hesitated and thought what if they think I tried to kill her? What if they think that’s why I was out here? The police would understand but my parents and sister wouldn’t believe that I was just out for a hike. So Alexis when back to the diner and used the pay phone to tell them her location and headed home when she got home she saw it on the news. The reporter said, “ The 16-year-old girl has been found her location was called in on a pay phone from and abandon dinner and she is now in hospital”. After that she went to a party with her sister, she went and sat by the table with the snacks and drinks seeing many familiar faces and had a very weird conversation with her best friend Megan that she hadn’t talked to in months. After her friend left Lydia appeared still torturing her, she sent a chill through Alexis’s body causing her to drop her punch, then Lydia was mimicking her so before she had decided to ruin anyone else's night she decided to leave the party.

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As she was driving back home, Lydia sitting next to her in the passenger seat mocking Alexis’s every move. Alexis saw her phone light up with the name Mom on the screen, she thought that she’d better answer the text before she got grounded, pulling into the emergency lane she picked up her phone and read the message from her Mom. “ K said you left the party early, is everything okay? When are you going to be home?”, “soon I’m just going to grab some coffee”, still in the emergency lane she looked over at Lydia saying “you need to stop trying to kill me because the next thing you do I will go to your power source and SHUT YOU DOWN”. Lydia's mocking smile turned into a frown “ but I was just having fun”, “well your fun is officially done”Alexis replied, “you're a little oversensitive Alexis” she said sadly then vanished. When Alexis was turning her key to start her car there was a roar then nothing and she tried again but still nothing, who do I call? She asked herself she couldn’t call her parents or her best friend, so she called Jared, soon he drove up putting his Jeep to the front of Alexis’s popping the hood up and hooking up two booster cables and before you knew it her car was running. Saying her thanks she went inside her car soaking wet as it had begun to poor running. Jared was in his car and out of site but then Alexis got a phone call from Jared asking if she wanted to come over for some hot chocolate, as much as she wanted to say yes she said that she best be getting home as her parents would be worried about her. Once she hung up the phone she heard a cry and it sounded like it was right next to her, she looked around frantically at the field looking for a person that could be injured, she stepped out of her car and walked towards the field, into the field deeper she walked she heard the cry get louder and louder as if it was right next to her, she looked around some more seeing nothing she began calling Lydia’s name. After she had called her name the cry stopped and a laugh started, it grew louder and louder every step that was taken, Alexis yelled “ Lydia, if yours trying to kill me you didn’t hold  your end of the deal so I guess that means..” getting cut off by a laugh still it was growing louder and louder she spun around then began to run as fast as she could, she tripped on a stick that had been left there from harvest but quickly got up continued running but was clotheslined by something forcing her to the ground unable to breathe.

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Unable to breathe she slowly tried to sit up but with no luck she was forced to the ground, trying her hardest she pulled a crisp breathe in and out filling her lungs with fresh air. She was being beaten up by a ghost tossed in all directions smashing her face against the ground causing the flesh to tare, she curled into a ball so he face could no longer be touched. Lydia backed away and left causing the fight to be over, Alexis got up and made her way back to the car she began walking but it quickly turned it into a jog as she got closer to her car a further from Lydia and then into a run. Once she had reached the car she got in, looked in the rear view mirror at her face seeing the sweat and blood mixing turning her white hair pink, she couldn’t possibly return home bloody because her parents would ask too many questions and if she went to the coffee shop everyone would look at her funny because she would be soaked and bleeding. The next thing you knew she was on the front porch of Jared’s house ringing the doorbell regretfully and wanting to run away. Jared stood at the front door with a concerned expression on his face he said “Alexis?” then offered her inside, he grabbed a washcloth, a bowl of water, a roll of bandages, and a cup of hot chocolate. After he was done cleaning and bandaging her face he disappeared Alexis was scared wanting to leave, but then he came back with a pile of clean clothes, dry clothes for her to change into. She changed into the cloths and brought the wet ones for him to take and dry and went to the couch, she laid there in silence with Jared sitting in the chair across from her then leaving to get something to drink. With Alexis’s head against the armrest of the coach she relaxed and before you knew it Jared had sat next to her and she was leaned up against him. Looking into his eyes she said “ what happened tonight… won't happen again”, “ that's good because when I saw you standing at the door like that I was ready to kill whoever did that to you” Jared replied, Alexis, didn’t know what to say so everything stayed quiet. The metal cuckoo clock on the wall went off 12 O’clock, Alexis turned her head looking right in Jared’s deep dark brown eyes “ Happy New Years” and giving him a kiss she closed her eyes and opened them slowly, “I’ve been waiting for this” Jared said with a happy tone. The next day Alexis when to the bathroom when she woke up to cover her bruises and comb her hair then headed to the kitchen getting greeted by her mom saying “ Happy New Year darling”, “ You too” Alexis replied, “Got any resolutions this year?”. “Just one” Alexis replied happily.

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The next day Alexis went to Lydia’s house to find her power source and shut her down, when she got to Lydia's house she noticed that there was a step missing from the front porch and a mountain of garbage sitting by the front door with a swarm of flies around it.  as Alexis got to the door she remembers that the doorbell didn't work so she counted 50 Mississippi  as she was getting ready to walk away she saw the door open the tiniest bit and she said “ Mrs.Small?”, waiting for a reply but not getting one she said “ I’m… I was one of Lydia’s friends and she borrowed something of mine and I can retrieve it”. Mrs.Small pointed to the hallway in the upstairs portion of the house, there were three doors and she entered the one with a Dead Kennedy poster on the door. Alexis walked in noticing that the room was much tidier than the rest of the house, she looked for something that might have been important to Lydia. After Alexis stood in the room looking Mrs.Small walked in like she was lost, she looked around the room like it was a whole new sight, “ what are you looking for?”Mrs.Small asked, “just a shirt” Alexis replied. Moments later Mrs.Small said “ she got rid of lots of stuff before she died”, “ It’s okay, I probably told her that she could lend it to someone or something”. Mrs.Small walked over a shelf against the wall and grabbed a piece of jewelry holding it above Alexis’s hand she said “ this was her favorite piece of jewelry, my mother gave it to her for her ninth birthday”, Alexis thought to herself the power source but how can I get it away from her?. “Can I take this and take a picture of it for the yearbook?”, “yes, but please promise me you’ll be careful,” Mrs.Small said, “of course” but she lied. When Alexis got home she snuck a hammer from the toolbox in their garage and she headed to her room when she entered she grabbed cardboard from an old shoe box and placed it on her desk, then searching in her bag for the necklace. There was a hole in the corner of the bag, she retraced her steps all the way back to Mrs.Smalls house with no luck, the only thing she could do was pray, pray that a car had hit it or the mailman stepped on it.

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It had been four weeks since Alexis had last see Lydia, there was no yellow flowers or annoying laughs, everything was normal. Jared and Alexis had been going to parties together for one month, so people were beginning to notice them. They went to another one at a girls house whose name was Ashleen, when they first got the her house Jared remembered that he forgot his phone in his car and went to get it, while Alexis was waiting Ashleen said “ boy you sure are lucky to have a boyfriend like him who actually cares about how your feeling and not just how you look”, “thanks” Alexis said in a confused way, “ do you know if he had any cute friend like him that are single?” Ashleen asked, “Nope, sorry,” Alexis said in a cheerful way. When Jared got back into the house they went to the dining room where the jackets were going. Two hours later they got ready to leave, on the way home Jared said “I don’t want to go to as many parties anymore, you're nothing like the people there”, “why, I think they're fine”Alexis replied. “I feel like they're judging us...I feel like they're judging you and your too good to be judged by them”, Alexis than thought to herself if he can notice that people are judging me and he doesn’t even know them I think there's something wrong with me. Jared dropped her off at home and she said goodnight to her parents and went to her room for bed but didn’t sleep right away, her eyes burned and she curled up in a ball as she thought about Jared had said, eventually, she fell asleep and had a dream that felt like it was real. She was standing in front of her mirror in a fancy dress and was looking at herself then she suddenly she heard the buzz of a phone and turned away from the mirror and then she woke up. She was actually standing in front of the mirror but walked back to her bed and went under the covers again, she looked at her phone as it lit up, the screen read Jared: “can’t sleep, thinking about you”. Alexis picked up her phone and dialed his number so fast her fingers were almost intertwined, he picked up on the first ring and Alexis quicking said “Hi” in a soft quiet voice, “ Am I a booty call because if I am I'm not the kind of guy” Jared said. They talked for a while longer and then both started to doze off so they hung up.

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Alexis seems like the kind of girl that wants to get involved with everything. When Kendra went missing she saw it on the news then went looking for her and she did the same when Ashleen went missing as well. She's attracted to the supernatural event and they're attracted to her because they're in her photos, she can talk to them and it seems like they want to kill her because of the random meetups with then in fields or on walks. The one ghost she interacts with most is Lydia who Alexis thought hated her but turns out not she’s there to make sure Alexis is safe and happy, she helps Alexis when she’s trying to figure out information and where something is. You could almost call them friends. I don’t know how I can relate with my book because I've never seen a ghost but reading it made me feel like they are around, every time I get the chills and every time I’m alone, it kind of makes me feel like life is a horror movie because you never know what's going to come next.

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In this chapter Alexis’s mother gets very worried when she got the phone call from Ashleen’s mother, Ashleen is a girl who had a party that Alexis and Jared when to. The next morning Alexis was woken up by her mother with the phone and Ashleen’s mother on the line she told Alexis she had possibly run away and wondered if she knew where she had gone. Alexis was confused and her mother was worried about Ashleen and her own daughters. This gave Alexis the idea that Lydia was the one who was causing all the disappearing girl. Alexis went to another Brighter path meeting and talked about more paranormal stuff but didn’t make it to obvious. From the beginning of the book to know, I’d say she's picked up some pretty sneaky techniques for lying and getting out of stuff. In my point of view, this chapter was about learning and opening up about secrets and letting others help you. In my busy life having someone to talk to when you feeling distracted or feeling down is nice to have because you know you’re not alone.

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This Chapter of the book was about how Alexis went out to look for Ashleen she was ready this time she had her GPS and also a piece of chalk to mark where she had been. She looked and looked and then found not the body but the ghost of Ashleen she took her camera and shoot three pictures then looked and saw the ghost. Then Lydia appeared Alexis asked where the body was but Lydia said she didn’t know. Then the laughter came back and a tree branch fell then everything was gone. In my opinion, accusing someone of something only because they hate you is not right, it's not even fair. the next couple days Alexis was getting visits from a ghost that would leave a yellow rose, just like what was left after in the house of Kendra and Ashleen when they went missing. One night Alexis woke up because it felt like something was poking her finger and it was a yellow rose, she woke up and looked in the mirror and she was wearing a purple dress, she tried and tried to take it off but it wouldn't budge. Soon after she saw a shadow then it disappeared.

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This Chapter of the book was about how Alexis went out to look for Ashleen she was ready this time she had her GPS and also a piece of chalk to mark where she had been. She looked and looked and then found not the body but the ghost of Ashleen she took her camera and shoot three pictures then looked and saw the ghost. Then Lydia appeared Alexis asked where the body was but Lydia said she didn’t know. Then the laughter came back and a tree branch fell then everything was gone. In my opinion, accusing someone of something only because they hate you is not right, it's not even fair. Since Alexis had been so tired she had slept in and was woken up by her father. It took her close to ten minutes to get ready for schools because all she had to do was put on close brush her hair and teeth when she was out the door, but it took her longer because her sister was questioning her and why she had mud on her floor and why her phone screen was completely destroyed. After school that day Alexis went home and was visited by Lydia, Alexis was laying on her bed and then out of nowhere she hurt the voice saying “Warner pity party of one your table is ready”. Alexis wished she would go away but she wouldn’t she was there to tell Alexis that she wasn’t a murderer. I’ve never had to tell someone I'm not a murderer, and I’ve also never seen a ghost, but I really enjoy reading this book.

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Lydia says she is not the murderer of Ashleen and is not the one who pushed Kendra off the cliff. Alexis doesn’t believe her so she says “you tried to kill the whole Sunshine Club, and you tried to kill me in my car when I was leaving the park”, Lydia replied quick and said “ A, I was possessed and B, it didn’t work” and then she said “ no that wasn’t me in your car”, Alexis didn’t believe her but then she did when Lydia swore on her grave. Lydia and Alexis then because nicer to each other, I don’t exactly think you could call them friends but I’m sure if you could that's what they would be. After Lydia was gone Alexis when to watch the new and the reporter said that police had found the body of Ashleen and she was had died. Alexis wanted help so she called an agent, Agent F. Hansen who was the one to clean up the mess when the Sunshine Club disaster happened, but in this situation, she offered no assistance, even though all she would have to do was look into the cases about Kendra Charnow and Ashleen Evans. I have been denied help before and it was not nice. I feel as though my book gets more dramatic and interesting as I keep moving through the chapters.

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Alexis is apart of the yearbook committee and was getting ready to do a shoot for the student council members, the worst thing about this was that her ex-boyfriend who she hadn’t talked since there break up was apart of the shoot and had his new girlfriend there with him. His name is Carter and they dated for 6 months but then broke up, moving on, Alexis was taking photos and Carter the first one to come in for the photos but that really wasn't a big deal the thing that was the problem was his girlfriend. I wouldn’t say Alexis was jealous because she had a new boyfriend who was better the Carter, I mean that's what the book says, but it was almost like she was annoyed, annoyed that there was someone always hanging off of him but it wasn’t her problem. Carter told his girlfriend to go to the hallway and wait and she did, she listened like if she didn’t do what was asked of her she would be beaten. In my life the only people I listen too as if I would be beaten if I didn’t are my parent and teacher that I can think of. After the shoot with Carter was over his girlfriend came in and asked if they could get a professional picture taken together Marley who was helping Alexis said no but Alexis said why not and took the pictures, once that was over Alexis finished taking the rest of the council's photos and called Jared telling him she was going to come to see him because she had a rough day. My book is very good and is hard to stop reading because just as you finish one thing a new thing with more excitement starts.

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I’ve never experience feeling uncomfortable in front of someone else's father because of a relationship but Alexis has! When she was visiting Jared his father was working and came out to get some coffee and saw them cuddling on the sofa, right away when Alexis saw him she popped up and said hello, to her it didn't matter if Jared was happy she did that or not but she felt uncomfortable with him seeing the cuddling. In the middle of that night, Alexis woke up with her blankets wrapped around her and a heavy coat of sweat, uncovering herself she noticed she had a yellow rose in her hand and that's when things got real. She could see ghost and have conversations with them but didn’t know why they were around her especially deman ghosts. Alexis was frightened because once she was fully out of her bed she noticed she had on a purple dress the someone Ashleen’s ghost was wearing when she saw it in the woods, the worst part about the dress wasn’t that she saw a ghost wearing it but the fact that she was unable to take it off was scary. The second worse part was that when she exited her room she saw more roses leading outside and when she went out it was almost like she had to follow them but lucky for her she was woken up by her sister who had followed her to see what she was doing. I can relate to this in a way because I have slept walked before and been woken up and its very weird not going to lie.

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The next day when Alexis was at school in class she was visited but Lydia and asked her why she was “sleepwalking” and staring at the ground the night before. Alexis didn't want to make a fool of herself talking to Lydia so she didn’t say a word, all she did was motion her to come closer then Alexis wrote a question in her notebook, but Lydia just vanished. After that, for the rest of the day, she was going through the photoshoot pictures with Marley, they had picked one or two of the best photos but couldn’t decide for all of them so they asked Elliot. She knew which ones to go with a lot quicker than Aleix and Marley did, Alexis asked how she was so fast at picking and she said she went with her gut. Then she told Alexis she should trust herself more because then she could be fast like that too and offered her to sit with the other yearbook staff at lunch the next day which was much better for Alexis because she had always sat by herself. I can relate to this part in the book because I can be very indecisive at times so I ask for help but I have never been told to listen to my gut, at least not that I can remember, but everyone has there own ways and techniques to do things because everyone is different.  I also believe that I have good self-trust and that I am confident in the things I do.

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It was the day of Ashleen's funeral and Alexis fakes a sore throat so she didn’t have to face Ashleen’s family. After the funeral, the next couple of days were normal because there was no bright lights, no random missing girls and no bad dreams, everything was normals at school and Alexis’s and Jared’s relationship was stable. Since everything was going so well Alexis decided to take an afternoon to her self and do something fun. What she chose to do was organize the junk drawer, definitely not something I would do for fun. During her time of fun, she was interrupted by the ringing of her cell phone but she didn't answer it, then it was the ringing of her house phone and she looked at the caller ID and it was Jared, but she didn’t answer she decided she could call him back later. Once she had finished with the organization of the small things she got to the random papers and old mail and maps. She went to recycle then and saw the bright light in a photograph on the back and picked it up, the next thing you knew she had heard a sound just like the one she heard when the demon ghost was out to get her, but she then found out it was Lydia and she nearly jumped out of her skin. I can be scared easily and I jump a lot if there are loud noises unexpectedly, and yet I like horror movies!

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Alexis took the map and found the street the bright light was on and went to see why. She watched some kids slowly walk past coming from a high school called Raymond. After a couple minutes Alexis watched one girl, she slapped her arm and then stepped back with terror then crossed the street walking right up to Alexis’s car and asking her if in case she faints to call 911 because she was stung by a bee and she was allergic. The girl's brother came to pick her up and then Alexis and Lydia sat there a little while longer because Alexis was taking pictures to see if the light was there, Lydia wanted to know what she was looking at but Alexis said that there was nothing in the photograph. But since she could go through walls she went to see what was inside if the house, when she came back she told Alexis that all that was there was an old man passed out on a sofa drunk. She had seen no other ghosts in the house which was a good thing. Alexis said to Lydia “let's get out of here”  which surprised her because it sounded like she wanted her to get in the car with her, and it was almost like they were friends. I don’t have deadly allergies like bee stings but people in my family do like my mom so she has an epi-pen, before she knew she was allergic she was working in the flowers pulling weeds and was stung in the pinky and it caused her whole arm to swell up which was scary so my dad told her she should probably go see a doctor to get an epi- pen.

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Alexis pulled over to the side of the road to ask Lydia if she was the one leaving the yellow roses behind but she wasn’t, then she was asked why she was always there and Lydia responded saying “because you always call for me so I thought I should check on you, to tell you the truth your like a helpless little baby who needs someone to protect you”. That's when Alexis had realized that the bird charm wasn’t Lydia’s power source she was. The next day Alexis was getting ready for a photo shoot when she got a text from Jared asking if she wanted to go to the Nature preserve but she said no. By the time the shoot was over and all the chairs from outside were inside Jared was in the gym to see Alexis. Alexis had been talking to Carter which was awkward when she saw Jared, she introduced the two boys then Jared took her to his house for supper. Once the supper was ready to eat they sat at the table and Jared poured two glasses of wine, one for each of them, although Alexis didn’t drink she took a sip. Turns out she’s a lightweight and after just one glass of wine she was a little tipsy so she called her mom and said she would be home later then she thought because they were going to watch a movie. Alexis had fallen asleep almost instantly after going to the couch and woke up two hours later with a headache so Jared brought her home. Well, I’m not sure how or even if I can relate to this part because I’ve never drunk alcohol and I’ve never found out I was someone’s power source or accused anyone of murder.

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That night Alexis woke up to the “vssssssssssss” sound and took out her camera snapping a shoot and looking at it and how dark it looked but didn't see any ghosts, but then she took another one and noticed a ghost, she was a girl with golden colored long hair and had no eyes, the thing that was different was that she was moving and was holding a bouquet of  rotting yellow roses. As she kept snapping pictures on her camera the girl comes closer and closer which lead to Alexis running through the house away from the ghost, but it was harder than she had thought, the ghost was blocking her path causing her to run right into it with both of then going flying back. It was her sister she had ran into her sister knocking her off balance which made her mad and curious. She started to yell at Alexis asking what she was doing running out of her room and why it looked like she had seen a ghost. Alexis only told her to go back to her room and then she went to hers. She sat awake for hours not closing her eyes longer than a blink to make sure the ghost didn’t return. I have sat awake for hours not being able to sleep but that was because I had just got stitches in my finger, the other time would have been a birthday party, I stayed awake for nearly 24 hours but slept for a day after. Reading this book is like watching a horror movie, picturing the ghosts and the people and have they’re moving I’m my head as I read through every page, it's extraordinary!

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Re: As Dead As It Gets By:Katie Alender

The next day Alexis went to the yearbook office to look at the photos making then dark to see if she would be able to see any ghosts, she took the card from her camera and put it into the card reader hooking it up to the computer, she got Chad to help her figure out how to adjust the settings to see its in different types of light and angles. Alexis looked and saw the moving ghost in the picture and pushed of Chad's chair causing him to hit the desk and her going across the room with horror screaming “turn it off, turn it off”. Chad told her that he had heard she was supposed to be mental but didn’t know she was violent too, which was very rude to say if you ask me. She then went back and hit the power button on the computer, Chad was rattled when she did that because he thought she was going to corrupt the hard drive by incorrectly shutting off the computer. After school that day she went to look for a girl named Mimi who was very into fashion and new a ton about it because she wanted to know about the purple dress. I think that telling someone they’re mental because they got scared and freaked out is rude, everyone’s brain works in different ways so some people might act differently when they're scared, if someone is mental they have probably suffered some type of trauma or are hurting in unknown ways. I’ve been called mental before but it didn’t hurt me even though I knew the person was telling me what they truly thought over and over again, I’ve been called weird as heck many times as well but I know not to listen to those silly thinks have to say because in all reality I don’t care.

Re: As Dead As It Gets By:Katie Alender

Alexis went to the brighter path meeting with Megan like always but this time was different, this time she stormed out with anger because of all the rude remarks that were being said toward her by not the other kids but the leader of the group Ben. She stormed with anger across the parking lot and letting all her rage out as she slammed the car door after she was sitting in it then quickly called for Lydia asking for help, Lydia’s response was “ finally, I’ve been waiting for you to want to get rid of that albino look ”, talking about her white hair. She needed help with something else but she didn’t want to tell Lydia she was going to take her to the place. It was a funeral home Henry-Gordon funeral home, the place where Lydia’s funeral was held but that’s not why they were there. Alexis lied about why she was there to the man that took her to his office to answer her questions, she said it was for a school project but the actual reason was to find out the names of the young kids who had passed away and had their services there, he told her there were 12 kids in the past year but didn’t say any names because it was confidential but that's where Lydia came in handy, she went and looked at the computer and read the names to Alexis. I don’t like funerals and haven’t been to once my Great Grandpa passed away which was probably 5 years ago, I have also never been in a funeral home and don’t plan on it for a long time.

Re: As Dead As It Gets By:Katie Alender

At school the next day Lydia was going to sit in on some classes she had been wanting to and Alexis thought it was a pretty good idea. After school that day Alexis went home and she had no idea where Lydia was. When she got home her phone rang and it was Jared asking her, demanding her, to come over even though she had said no many times, after their conversation was over Kasey came around the corner and stared at Alexis saying “ we need to talk ”. Kasey told Alexis that Jared was a control freak but she didn’t like that very much and told her to mind her own business. Later Alexis was going to look up the kid's names from the funeral home but wouldn’t have been able to because of the high-security programs her mom had on all of the computers so she decided to go to the library, Lydia was back when she headed to the library and they worked together to remember all the names of all of the kids looking and their pictures. Once she was home with all of the information she had from all the kids the doorbell rang, as Alexis looked through the peephole she saw Agent Hansen standing there, Alexis opens the door with a crack big enough for her to fit thru and went outside to talk to her. There wasn’t much content in their conversation but once it was over Agent Hansen stopped Alexis and handed her the lens cap from her camera that she lost when she was looking for Ashleen in the forest. I wonder if having a ghost and a friend would be like having an imaginary friend. When I read my book it's hard for me to stop because there are so many different things that are happening.

Re: As Dead As It Gets By:Katie Alender

The next day Alexis headed to the wingspan seeing Elliot who said “ can I give you some unsolicited advice?”,  Alexis, of course, said yes,  as Elliot carried on she said “  you're talented. You’re smart. You're funny. You can put up with Chad, therefore, your a good person. Heres my advice, find the people who treat you the way you deserve to be treated.  tell everyone else to go to hell and don't turn back.” she added more to her talk and ended it with “ I think God makes people exactly who He wants them to be”. After school that day Alexis went to the same spot as before to watch the house where the light was, this time there was a different ghost a male who was wearing a sports jersey and holding a trophy for football. She decided she was going to figure out who the ghost was so the next day she left school early and went to Raymond high to ask the Father, Father Lopez, he knew instantly who she was talking about as soon as she said the last name Corcoran, the football players name was Philip, Philip Corcoran, he had a little brother named Randall who always looked up to him but was devastated by his brothers death, he wanted to get the graduation ceremony canceled because of it but the school board said no and he dropped out of school and ended up with depression and committed crimes which ended up putting himself in prison. I agree with what the character said about God and how he makes us exactly how he wants up to be. I think that committing crimes as a coping mechanism is a horrible thing to do.

Re: As Dead As It Gets By:Katie Alender

Alexis saw Megan and asked what she was going, she said talking to Father Lopez and asked her about the purple dress, Megan new who had worn that dress before so asked then who they got it from, this is the part where everything gets wild! The purple dress was from and girl names Laina’s who was Jared's ex-girlfriend who died on a hiking trip with him. Alexis was so anxious she went to Jared's house in the middle of the night to ask him about her, this may have been a bad idea because Jared did not like the idea of Alexis’s assumption of her being a murdering ghost and he ended up telling Alexis to get out of the house which in my opinion was a very rude way to react. The next morning Alexis woke up and went out to the kitchen to see her parents and sister watching a news report about another missing girl, in the picture was a girl smiling as Alexis looked at the girl she saw that it was Elliot, Alexis got light headed and began to fall as her mom caught her, her sister brought a chair and her dad brought a glass of apple juice she was sitting not saying a word, she was torn into a million pieces but still insisted on going to school to be with her yearbook friends. Alexis left the house with Lydia in her car, Lydia was so excited to go to school but Alexis wasn’t going to school she was going on a hike, she was going to find Elliot with Lydia's help. As they began walking Alexis took pictures and took one with Elliot in it the ghost of Elliot but it wasn’t because Lydia could see it. If one of my friends went missing I would probably be hysterical and not even be able to function, even reading this part made my heart pound and my chest get tight as if I was going to cry.

Re: As Dead As It Gets By:Katie Alender

Alexis put all her energy into running up the hill to find Elliot and when she did Elliot was not stopping not for a second, it was like she was getting pulled towards something. Alexis went in front of her yelled at her but nothing stopped her she just kept walking and walking until Lydia ran through her making Lydia disappear completely and Elliot stopping and looking at Alexis, she told Elliot everything was going to be okay but she didn’t believe her, she said she was trying to get away from something, find an object or something but it was Alexis she was trying to hide from Alexis. Ellios eyes went fizzy and Lydia came out just bearly there and Alexis screamed  as Elliot began to walk again “ take me instead of her, she doesn’t deserve this, please”, as tears rolled down her face as she saw Elliots possessed body step tot he very edge of the hill then said she was sorry and it was almost like she was punched in the stomach and was on the ground dead, Alexis knew she was most likely dead but went to see anyway as she cried and cried some more Elliots arm and head lifted up and she spoke her last words saying “ I’m doing this for you” then was gone. I legitimately die of a heart attack if one of my friends was possessed and died but came back to tell me they did it to protect me.