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.

Early in the morning Hayden and Anya was looking through the old investigation books around the time of the train crash. There was still holes in the story and Hayden was going nowhere. One of the library assistant came up in his wheelchair and came up to Hayden.

“I found this old newspaper clipping from a local newspaper. This is the picture of the person you are looking for I think. What do you say?” she asked.

Hayden and Anya took a look at the image and the pair looked at each other, “Well Abbey, That suit and top hat. That’s the ghost that nodded to us the other day. He might be pushing us in the right direction when he was there.”

“He can lead us to who is planning to derail the train. This is a sign,” Anya said.

“I’ll be careful. This guy must have died trying to do the same thing as you two are doing. I don’t you to be hurt. That clipping showed the final note he was working on and that his body was never found. A separate mystery to others but this must be linked to what happened to the train,” Abbey explained. 

“If he’s down there, maybe he has written more. We must to go down there tonight. I think he will strike tonight. I just feel it. Maybe he knows something is up with the all the movement of the ghosts and he might have seen us. Thanks Abbey, it’s time we catch ourselves a monster or whatever it is,” Hayden spoke. 

The two of them rushed out with the notes in hand as Abbey turned around in her wheelchair, “Remember be careful. I hope that girl listens more than Hayden does.”

The pair came down to the train station again at night where Anya tagged along by Hayden’s side.

“How do you know its tonight?”

“When you have been doing this for this long you just go by your gut feeling. If it doesn’t happen we can go look for the man’s body you know that,” Hayden replied.

Anya turned around to see the other platform and pointed out someone, “You mean like this feeling?” Anya asked.

The mystery investigator man ghost nodded and smiled to the two and pointed to the track as the sound of a train was coming towards them. 

“Here’s our chance. We’ll take this train,” Hayden said. 

The train slowly came to stop and the ghost disappeared on the other while Hayden and Anya came by the sliding doors. The pair stood up while the other passengers sat down with not a worry in the world\.

“When we’ll in the tunnel that’s when the action begins,” Hayden reminded Anya.

“What do we do when the action begins?” she asked.

“I haven’t thought that far ahead.”

“But that’s in two minutes time,” Anya replied.

“We’ll see how it strikes and work it out. Nothing to worry about,” Hayden smiled. 

Anya turned around thinking to herself, “I can’t quite now Anya. I can’t quit now.”

“Besides we have most things planned…” the train shook before Hayden could finish his sentence and the two fell to the ground. The lights on the train switched off and a shadowy figure came out across the train. 

“What is it?” Anya shouted.

“I have no idea but it’s to run!” Hayden cried. The pair run through the train carriages as the it shook and sparks of electricity appeared. Hayden held out a small bag he was carrying and pulled out two large torches.

“When you see the shadow, flash the light on it. I don’t think it likes the light. We have to make our way to the drivers and see what’s going on. Together they flashed their torches along the train and Hayden pushed the front doors open. The driver was lying on the controls.

“Is he ok?” asked Anya worried.

“He’s just knocked out by the blow. I’ll sit him up and put on the breaks,” Hayden said helping him up and putting on the brakes. The train slowly came to a stop.

The [passengers were looking inside the driver room and Hayden waved down his hands, “Everything’s fine. Just going to check outside. I’ve sound an alarm for someone to help us,” he explained.  

“We’re going outside?” Anya asked.

“Well yeah we are.”

“We have nothing to protect ourselves with.”

“We have torches.”

“Torches, to save ourselves with? Is this why the other assistants left you?” 

“Well one wasn’t happy but all sorts of rushed reasons that I make on the spot. Let’s go outside,” Hayden answered. 

The shadow kept on moving around the tunnel where Hayden grabbed Anya’s hand ran off into a side lane and into the darkness leading into muddy and cold brick walls. They turned around the corner and Hayden stopped in his tracks. 

“There he is,” sighed Hayden looking quiet and filled with sadness.

Anya walked up the investigator’s body as he was hold a notepad and his hat had fallen off. She plucked it from the dead hand read it out. 

“I wandered from the tracks and followed the monster into his lair. There was strange smells coming from ahead and I could see a green reflection and as his shadow changed. I have to be quick or it might catch me. I know that I’ll be fine. That’s the whole message.”

“This could be us and I know what he’s speaking about. It’s a Reptilian, it can change shape and form. This is bad, very bad,” Hayden replied giving Anya a terrorized look.

Hayden Norman sneaked into the tunnels deeper with Anya looking around for certain clues and rooms. There was a growing smell of something strange as they found a wooden bed with chemicals and a number of animal skeletons in the room. Hayden walked over to study the animals while Anya kept flashing her torch around the area. 

“What is this room and why are there are animal skeletons? I thought we would find human ones,” Anya asked.

“This is a testing room of sorts. Alien hybrids, humans crossed with animals. See with the animal bodies there are parts missing and that not all the people who died on the train were accounted for. It’s not by the government, some sort of aliens had done this and one was left behind here. That’s very strange. Normally the work is done by grey aliens, you know the little green men.”

“I remembered your Daniel showed me some images of different aliens. Don’t we work with ghosts?” Anya wondered.

  “We do but I do paranormal studies and that contains everything. Daniel on the other hand is more of a pure aliens and government researcher. It’s easier to outrun ghosts than the government. This area hasn’t been used for years and this alien is just using humans for the blood to feed off like a vampire I suppose.”

“This is so horrible what happened to these people. What can we do?”

A wall crashed down next to Hayden and he spun around as the Reptilian stuck Hayden down to the ground.  Anya eyed the monster in the tunnel as it turned around towards her.

“Run!” Hayden cried bleeding from the head dazed and confused.

“No, I’m not leaving you now!” Anya shouted back.

“Just run, fine you’re fired than!” Hayden cried before falling to the ground again.

As the Reptilian came towards it was it was attempting to change shape but was having trouble doing so, “It’s hurt and damaged, that’s why it was left alone,” Anya said to herself.

Ghostly shadows appear from the ground as Anya jumped in fright. The ghost of the past train crash appeared together and stared down the Reptilian alien. They floated around while he tried grab at them while Anya past him and came to Hayden’s help on the ground. 

“I have some medical gear Hayden. I brought it just in case,” she told him.

“Alright, you’re hired again. The ghosts are trying to hold him back from us but it won’t last. He’s come for us for our blood. There might be one solution to our problem. Remember the orb image we saw at the train station?” Hayden asked her. 

“Yes, what does that have to do with this?”

“Ghosts give an electric current. I have the Parapsychic Scanner that can send small sparks at things but if you collect their current charges, you can super charge and zap this creature to death. There must be like eight of those ghosts here. They came here to guide and help us and now we have to do what they couldn’t do. Kill the monster,” Hayden explained.

Anya nodded and picked up the Parapsychic Scanner from Hayden’s small bag. She made the scanner spark and the ghosts and reptilian turned around. The ghosts sparked themselves and soon understood the message she was giving. She heard a couple voices inside her head.

“We will help you young lady,” they said to her. 

The reptilian jumped at her as the ghost sent their electric charges bolting to the scanner as she dodged the monster. The reptilian turned around hitting Anya’s legs and dropping her down to her knees. The monster grabbed her throat as she started to choke as struggled to move the scanner at it. The ghosts looked on with fear. She just pushed the scanner towards it and gave a jolt as the reptilian let her go and fired a powerful stream of electric power at the monster and the reptilian flew back into the ground. 

Hayden appeared back up watching the monster and joined Anya, “Give it a final zap!” he cried. Anya fired off the last of the power left in the scanner and the reptilian walked back dazed and losing its footing and fell through a weak part of the floor that led to the waters under the train station. The pair rushed up to see the dark hole that the monster left and they just looked at each other.

“Did we do it?” Anya asked shaking the scanner in shock.

“We did. We killed a alien. Well he was clearly injured from living in this place for so long but these aliens are lethal killers. Without the ghosts we wouldn’t have made it out alive,” Hayden replied. 

They turned around to the smiling passenger ghosts with the investigator ghost nodding and smiling behind them and they disappeared into the outer world. 

“They can now rest in peace knowing they their bodies have been found. But before we call for the police we have to clean up the area,” Hayden spoke.

“What do you mean by clean up?” Anya asked strangely. 

”Remove the animal skeletons and anything that points to a paranormal discovery. I don’t want the government to step in here and maybe Daniel Phoenix might like to know of this. Their bodies will be returned to their families after so many decades. This case is solved,” Hayden answered smiling.

The early morning has arrived and they had finished telling their wild encounter to Ken and Abbey at the library. Ken was shaking his head in amazement.

“Well I never thought some of the story was true but this is quite amazing to hear. It was great for you two to solve this and tell me the update,” Ken noted.

“You’re lucky that Anya was there, you would have been dead if not for her!” Abbey told Hayden.

“I’m lucky I took advice from everyone to hire a assistant but she’s really a partner in crime for me,” Hayden smiled at Anya. Ken and Abbey wandered off to make some morning tea as the pair sat down at the lounge at the library.

“So you’re not quitting on me after that?” Hayden ask her.

“Well after the reptilian, I don’t think there could be anything worse than that,” she answered.

“Nice to have you on board and I must thank you for saving me. I hope our next case isn’t as bad as that one and no more train rides for us for a long time!” Hayden laughed. 

The pair saw the other two coming back with tea and they hanged their heads back on the lounge ready for a holiday from their encounter from the monster in the tunnel.