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Rolling on through the early evening, southbound on coastal Highway 11 in Ruma with Minsha and Imsahn shining just above the horizon, we learn that Murray’s departure from the silver screen trade was rather urgent. But as the conversation turns toward the topic of the supernatural, we begin to hear about some of the matter-of-fact attitudes the Silnai people hold towards the supernatural.

For many, like Murray, the presence of spirits of various types is a simple fact of life. Although encounters with them might not occur often, they do so in such decisively convincing events that their existence is unquestionable. Although Murray doesn’t go into any details, he’s clearly experienced their presence in the theater that he used to manage.

Bloom, on the other hand, continues to work there and doesn’t believe in any such thing as ghosts or spirits. Perhaps this comes from a different cultural framework, considering her Minshan upbringing.

Does it all come down to the Minshan preoccupation with technology, gadgetry and consumerism – crowding out the space in life for the magical and inexplicable? Have the people of Shinma filled that same space with superstition and mysticism? In all likelihood, these types of differences aren’t quite so cut and dried. In any event, a ghost story of sorts is about to be told.