Another year, another Darkover anthology. I tended to write stories for the Darkover anthologies as if they were homework assignments, and I wrote quite a few of them about Hilary Castamir, who was the first Darkover character I identified with. For this story I gave her a friend who was a ghost, and I threw in a reference to the Sisterhood of the Sword, which Marion had created several novels earlier as a precursor to the Renunciates. Because the story is set during Hilary's early years at Arilinn Tower, Damon Ridenow and Leonie Hastur are also characters in it.
"Playfellow" is available for Kindle and Nook.