The next day was less eventful than the night of the ghost train that Hayden and Anya had experienced. Hayden forgot about making dinner but served up a nice lunch for Anya for her first meeting with a spirit. They had sat down at the table when two other people came out of Anya’s computer room.

“Ah Mr. Phoenix and Sonia, so you have looked at the notes that Anya wrote down about our case?” Hayden asked them.

It was his old friend Daniel Phoenix a UFO researcher who had some help from Hayden during his investigations into the UFO cases and the Men in Black who had been following them. Sonia was Daniel’s old friend from years ago as well. Daniel and Sonia sat down at the table with them for lunch.

“It’s an interesting case I’ll tell you that for now. I like to know how you stayed on a ghost train without it pasting through you like a spirit would,” Daniel asked.

“Sometimes you can get trapped in a ghost vehicle. Sometimes spirits want you to and other times it’s by Parapsychic nature,” Hayden replied.

“So you get on this Ghost train, it’s out of control, you somehow put the brakes on it and it disappears from under you. That’s the story in short right?” asked Daniel.

“Yep that’s the story and Anya here was really good for me. She did great work out there,” Hayden said.

“Anya it must have been frightening to be out there with all those spirits. I’ve only seen a couple but it’s really creepy. A different feeling from seeing a alien,” said Sonia to Anya.

Anya nodded and sipped her coffee, “It was scary but you’re too busy to be frightened if you can understand that.”

“I can understand that. What’s with that spirit nodding at you after the ghost train event? That’s really strange to me,” Daniel replied to the discussion.

“Beats me, I stayed up half the night trying to piece together all of this,” Hayden noted.

Sonia placed some documents on the table for Hayden and the other to have a read of, “The history of the train crash was true in fact there was two reports of it but there’s no areas which is disturbing. It reported that three people died on the train and the ghost train that you rode had about twenty to twenty five on the train. Those numbers don’t add up.”

“There’s one more piece we can share to help you but I’m not sure about it. We found out that area of the train station of Brickham and the above ground has been the prime area where people go missing for the past hundred years. The stats here show that people are most likely to go missing in this section here,” Daniel added pointing to an article on the table.

Hayden looked at the notes and turned to Anya, “You know what this means? It means that there was more deaths on that train than what people knew. Do you think the train company had anything to do with this?”

“No, they were worried about people not using the service than anything else. They just make sure it didn’t come out to the public,” Sonia replied.

“I have some information that could be handy,” piped up Anya.

“Do you? Well show us than I’m more than interested to hear about,” Hayden said liking the idea of his assistant researching as well as him.

“This was a document investigation by someone like us back when the train crash happened. Have a read of it,” Anya said handing it to Hayden from her side pocket in her jeans.

Hayden unfolded the paper and read it out, “My final investigation result has shown that train was derailed in an unnatural way. The flipping of the first carriage to the side could not have been done by a faulty track because it was in near perfect condition. The high speed of the train was by mistake from the driver from what I suggest from what he saw coming from inside the tunnel. The unnatural crash of this train suggests to me that something or someone had come something to cause this train to crash and was quick enough to hit it from the side. There was no one to report from passengers who died or may have gone missing from the event.”

“Unnatural way? Caused by ghosts you think?” Daniel asked thinking outside of his head.

Hayden placed the paper and all the pieces was coming together for him, “Remember Anya, the spirits was screaming about a monster, a creature of some sorts. What if something did crash the train and took people away from it and it only looked like that three people died and the company thought it too. A real monster.”

“So a creature knocks off a train and kills a bunch of people or takes them away from the scene. What about the other parts of this mystery?” Daniel reminded Hayden.

“The nodding man is important. He directly looked at us nodding and even pointed at us. I think he’s telling us that we are on the right track excuse the pun there. This ghost train was almost an enactment of what happened but why.”

“Could it happen again like this was a test run for us?” Anya questioned.

“You’re right Anya, this was a test run for us. The spirits was telling us that this event is due to happen again very soon. That nodding man was saying to us that stopping the train like was the right things to do and what the spirits was hoping for us to do. I know the train service was for 11:37pm and that when I searched online for that train on a forum board people had said the service didn’t run because of repairs to a few trains. I’m thinking that time next week this creature is going to strike again. Here’s the kicker, they are not there to harm the public but there to warn us of the event repeating itself. They want you and me to stop this from happening and stop this monster so to speak,” Hayden said to the group.

“So what’s the plan for you two then?” Daniel looking at his meal.

“I want to find out more about this investigator who worked on this case. He should have more information about the train crash. He could shed some light into what stopped the train and how it was done.”

It was time to visit the library again.