You settle into the chair and pick up your book. A noise causes you to look up, and there in the opposite chair sits a spectral figure in white. It stares at you intently, as if listening and waiting for you to do or say something.

You look back at the ghostly figure and, summoning your courage, ask "Who are you? What do you want?"

You decide to wait out the ghost and sit silently staring back at it.

This is a node on the third level of the story.

There are no endings on this branch. All eight descendants of this node eventually join one of the other main branches. You are herding the reader too closely.

But there is a clue on one of the branches here that is important for the last major choice.