Thanks so much, Julie! I'm really glad you liked it enough to keep reading - that's a huge win as far as I'm concerned!
I totally get your thoughts on cutting out the ghost girl section. I think I wrote it when I was less confident people world understand Neil's situation, but you're right, I could easily weave it in later as I have with other instances from Neil's past. Maybe this will cure the sender of being pulled around that Rick mentioned.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for the encouragement