Gill is the quintessential computer nerd. He is an extreme introvert, a bit shy and more than a little insecure in his personal life. Sure, he is super competent and confident where work is concern, and with his hobbies he is a whiz, but where women are concerned? Forget it. “That’s what a bitter divorce does to you,” he would say, though he had to admit that he had always been like that.
Which brings up his biggest weakness, his reaction to women. He is very much a modern man that understands equality, is 100% behind the “Me Too” movement and treats his female colleagues with the same respect as the males. And yet, he reacts to females in a physical way. Or, as his friend Wayne would say, “Just the thought of a soft curve or a scent of perfume and he is off his rocker.” Part of that, unfortunately, is that he is easily embarrassed and, again in Wayne’s words, Gill can “blush like a 10-year-old girl, which he does at the drop of a hat.”
In his defense, it usually takes someone knowing how to push his buttons to get him to turn red, something his flirtatious housekeeper, Jessica, has down to a science.
One of the legacies of Gill’s failed marriage is his huge house in the middle of Avebury, New Hampshire. He loves it, and he loves the location, but it is a bit much for him to take care of, which is why Jessica comes in once a week. She does a wonderful job with the hulking giant, even if part of the cost is an occasional teasing.
It’s not that he is lazy and couldn’t take care of the place himself. Far from it! In fact, he is very driven, and had worked his way up from a coder to a developer to a front-line manager and is on the verge of becoming a division head. And he is equally driven with the comings and goings of his small town, Avebury. In fact, despite being a nerdy introvert and from “Away”, Gill has become a prominent and respected member of the community.
So why did he feel as empty as his huge old house?
A stench lies on Avebury, New Hampshire. It isn’t something that one can smell, it is more of a psychic soot polluting everybody’s mood. No one recalls when it arrived, but there does seem to be a connection with the Old Mill and its mysterious new owners.
In his 19 years of living in Avebury, Gill Baxter has both grown into the town’s fabric and has let the fabric of the town grow into him, so much so that few remember that he isn’t one of the age-old locals. There is one thing, though, that separates him from a true local. Being from “away”, Gill missed the rite of passage that every school child has gone through, the late-night visit to the Goode Mansion to meet one of Avebury’s most celebrated citizens, the ghost of Martha Goode. At least for those who believe in such things.
To help satisfy his curiosity, Gill’s house keeper sets him up on an after-dark date to visit the Goode Mansion with her sister, and Gill’s secret crush, Lyndsey. Gill and Lyndsey’s experience confronting the ghost of Martha sets the ball rolling that might uncover Avebury’s darkest secrets.
With Avebury entering a new “time of dying”, seemingly at the hands of the long dead Thomas Goode, the man said to be responsible for the first “time of dying” in 1821, will Gill succeed and perhaps drive off the black clouds, or will the evil forces streaming out of the Goode Mill, the Old Mill, win, destroying everything, and everyone, that he holds most dear?
Gill is the main character of the Old Mill. I am going to post a few more character sketches in the next few days :) So far we have:
The Old Mill is now released!
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If you pick it up, I hope you enjoy!