When Peyton made up her mind about wanting to open up a business to hunt ghosts and protect
people, she was off to a slow start. She spent time looking for things that could indicate ghostly
activity and ended up going to The Grand Hotel where she was met with a couple who were on the
opposite side of the scales to each other where she was concerned. She found herself not only
fighting to rid the spirit but fighting for acceptance and respect.
Now, after a newspaper article that almost had the hotel going down the drain, they revisit the old
haunt for a night away and an interview with the couple, Nick and Jenny.
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The Grand Hotel, run by new owners Nick and Jenny, is now thriving after a shaky start to the
opening of their business following a death and then an attack on a local businessman.
After being invited to spend a complimentary night at the hotel, I am pleased to say I feel refreshed
like never before. The staff are attentive, the food delicious and the bed like a dream.
I interviewed the couple in the delightful reception room over coffee.
“Thank you for inviting me to stay at the Grand Hotel.”
“We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay,” Jenny gushes.
“It’s been beautiful and certainly one I’ll recommend. The meal last night was divine.”
Nick blushes. “I try my best.”
“It was one of the best dishes I’d ever tasted.”
The couple are clearly happy and managing their accomplishments well.
“Tell me,” I start, setting down my cup. “It hasn’t always been smooth sailing here, has it?”
The couple of share a look and something passes between them.
“We had a bit of a rocky start,” Jenny admits. “But we overcame that quickly.”
“That was with the help of Peyton Blaine, self-titled ghost hunter. Is that right?”
The couple share another look, one filled with anxiety.
“We did yes. Peyton helped us to cleanse the hotel of its former residents,” Nick tells me.
“Ghosts.” I put the word out there.
Nick is about to respond when Jenny wraps her fingers around his knee. “We like to think of them as
memories of long-term residents.”
“Is it right that Vic Reeves was attacked in the hotel?” My sources tell me that the local business man
suffered for days after the attack before making a full recovery.
“He was hurt, yes, but he is still a staunch supporter of the Grand Hotel and of Peyton,” Nick adds.
“Tell me about Peyton. It’s important for local businesses to support each other in a small town like
this.” I take another drink of the amazing brew.
“Peyton,” Jenny speaks with a smile. “Is a very passionate young woman, with a heart of gold who
will do everything she can to help. God knows what we would have done without her.”
Nick squeezes her shoulder.
There you have it. A family run establishment, a beautiful hotel and a recommendation for a ghost
hunter should you ever need one.
This has been Maria Embleton, reporter from The Daily Fallbury.