The Gifts of Faith - What a Day! (Ch 6)

Salad fixings
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Contemplation

“I have to find Nathaniel, Sarah.”

Up until now, the girls had quietly gone about getting a light dinner together giving them time to absorb what had happened in the meadow. Faith’s sudden declaration brought Sarah out of her meandering thoughts.

“And do what, Faith? You said Nathaniel frightened you. Why would you want to find him now?”

Faith stopped chopping the vegetables for their salad and motioned for Sarah to sit at the kitchen table.

“I didn’t say he frightened me, Sarah. I said I was repulsed by the decaying life in his soul; there’s a difference. Something happened when I received the flowers earlier today. I – I was transcended back to the day Mama died.”

“That’s understandable. You picked a bouquet of Lily of the Valley that day in the field. I can understand why the flowers you received would bring the memory back to you.”

“You don’t get it; there’s more to it than that.” Faith took a deep breath and continued:

“I was there again, Sarah. But not as a little girl; I was in Mama’s bedroom this morning! Only I couldn’t move. Mama was still alive but I couldn’t help her. I saw Hope’s rainbow at the head of Mama’s bed, then it disappeared. In its place a mist filled the room and I saw a little boy leaning over her. I thought he was going to hurt her. Then I saw a rancid substance leave Mama’s body and bury itself inside the little boy. Hope’s rainbow reappeared, but much dimmer than when I first entered the room. The mist and the little boy were gone and so was Mama’s soul. I saw her die.”

Sarah reached across the table and took Faith’s hands in hers. “Faith, I’m so sorry you had to see that. What can I do to help you?”

“You can help me find Nathaniel. Remember when Hope told us she was standing watch over Mama until Nathaniel came to take the cancer away?” Sarah nodded as the conversation with Faith’s departed sister came back to her. Faith continued, “Hope was to have prevented Mama’s cancer from poisoning Nathaniel’s body. He’s in trouble and I need to help him. I don’t know how. I only know deep in my soul that I’m the only one who can help him.”

Sarah didn’t know how to respond. To give herself some time to think, she got up from the table and headed for the fridge. “Come on, Faith. Let’s finish making dinner. You’re not in this alone. We’ll figure it out together. Right now I’m famished!”

Faith and Sarah retreated to the back patio
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After cleaning up the dinner dishes, Faith and Sarah retreated to the back patio to go over the events of the day. Lily followed the pair as they settled in with a chilled carafe of White Zinfandel. The cool evening air was breezy and brought a breath of fresh air to this emotionally charged day.

Initially, Faith and Sarah spoke nary a word. They were content to watch Lily skitter about the yard chasing leaves and items of interest only she could see. It was refreshing to just sit. And breathe. It wasn’t until the sun made its final descent below the horizon that either of them felt compelled to speak.

Sarah broke the silence: “Faith, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I was able to see your sister, Hope. I know you see souls shimmering within live people. Hope is the opposite – a soul with a glimmer of who she would have been, silhouetted beneath. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t make sense of it.”

Faith took a moment to collect her thoughts.

“Sarah, first I must remind you never to underestimate the power of the soul. The soul is who we are. The soul is what leads our paths. The key is to believe that the soul exists and to accept that our souls are true. The soul continues on long after our bodies have succumbed to age, the elements and time itself. I know this may sound like a bunch of gobbledy-goop, but it’s the truth. I don’t want to get into a theological discussion, but think about it: religions exist not to save (for lack of a better word) the flesh, but to save the soul. Souls exist. I know that for a fact because I see them. Once we can come to terms with the fact that our souls are just as alive as we are, and accept the fact that they reside within us even in life, we can welcome our spirit and make better decisions.”

Lily jumped up to nestle between the friends which served as a much-needed break in the conversation. The events of the day were already more than most will ever experience and Lily provided an opportune distraction.

Faith replenished their wine glasses and continued:

“Sarah, you are my best friend – in fact, you’re the only friend I’ve ever had. You never doubted my ‘gift’ and more importantly, you never shunned me because of it. For some reason, Hope has made herself known to you. She once told me I have a purpose on this Earth and I have come to believe you are a part of it. I sense Hope needs to move on. Don’t get me wrong – she will always be with me, but her spirit needs to find peace and be free to achieve it. I’m not altogether sure how it all fits just yet, but you are a part of Faith picking up where Hope left off.”

It was Sarah’s turn to speak. “Today has been a monumental day and I’m exhausted. We still need to talk about how Nathaniel fits into all of this. Do you mind if I spend the night? I know we have to open up shop tomorrow, but I truly feel we need to be together until we can figure this out and determine what it all means. This is all so new – and a bit confusing to me. I’m overwhelmed at the moment but I don’t want to leave you until the pieces are put together. Do you mind?”

Faith breathed a sigh of relief. “Of course not, Sarah; I was hoping you’d stay the night. I really don’t want to be alone right now. It’s all a bit much for me, too. We have a lot to think about and I’m not sure how it all fits, either. Perhaps after a good night’s sleep - if that’s possible – we’ll be able to put the pieces together. For now, let’s turn off our minds and go watch something funny on TV.”

With that Faith, Sarah and Lily went back into the house with hopes of getting their minds off what was ahead of them.



Shauna L Bowling

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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Yes! this is fantastic Sha and now you can start going into Nathaniel and how he fits into the whole Faith, Hope story. I am a big believer that you don't want to give too much too fast. I liked the pace of this chapter. You are also helping the reader to prepare for what comes next. Excellent writing my friend. I bet the next chapters start coming fast, now that you've written the set up. I have Faith that your inspiration is going to soar. I'm so hooked on this series :-) I am sharing this with hubbers and twitter.


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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

Waiting for the next chapter with bated breath!


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grandmapearl 2 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Bravewarrior, I cannot wait to learn more about Nathaniel and his role in all this! You have me on pins and needles, girlfriend--more please, and soon!

;) Pearl


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Linda, my intent with this chapter was to give Faith and Sarah somewhat of a sense of normalcy at the end of the day. Sarah's a bit freaked out and Faith is not quite clear on everything that's happening. I'm glad you're hooked. Thanx for sharing!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

DreamerMeg, you may need to take a breath every now and then. This story is flowering slowly. I get glimpses of what is coming next, but have to wait until the thoughts become clear to me. Stick with me; I aim to please!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pearl, I'll try to speed it up. It seems my fans are getting antsy for more. I'll have to have a little chat with Faith. She's so laid back, perhaps she needs a little nudge now and then!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Twin pointed out something very important, Sha, and you are doing it well. Things do not need to be revealed quickly. We do our foreshadowing, we lay little hints, and we tell the story at a comfortable pace...and that's what this feels like, a comfortable pace. Well done Grasshopper. :)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, Bill. I wanted to give this story some credence. Faith's life isn't all about spirits and seeing souls. That's why I gave Faith and Sarah an evening to reflect and do what most of us would do in any overwhelming situation. I was afraid perhaps this chapter would be a little dull, but at the same time, I need to give the characters some semblance of normalcy. I'm so glad you approve, my friend and mentor! :-)


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

I'm indeed intrigued and want to follow this story to the end. Beautiful, Shauna!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you, Martie. I'm enjoying dipping my wand in the fiction pond!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Great write! Yes, it is good to transition into everyday life and build up to what is coming next!

Keep writing, as I am intrigued.

Up and more and sharing.

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Glad you stopped by, Faith. The best is yet to come!


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

I jumped for joy when I saw your hub, today.

The pace is nice and easy. I like it like that.

Keep it coming. I'll wait right here!!

DJ.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ok, DJ. Make sure you bring a blanket and some food! :-)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Sha, you have me wondering about what will happen next. What did the last few lines foreshadow? I'll have to keep reading to find out! Keep it coming!


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ImKarn23 2 years ago

Listen..i'm new to the party, but - WOW - can you write, Sha! Love the girl's relationship and how you keep the reader guessing (even if they DO know what came before)..

You're a wonderful tease, and i'm sure your fans are loyal and legion!

I hope you count me amongst them - even if i'm awol a lot these days! lol


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Flourish, yes indeedy - you'll have to keep reading! It's not over yet my friend. I have no idea how long this story will go on. Only Faith knows.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Leslie, you are never AWOL. You are my friend. I am more AWOL in your endeavors than you are in mine. I hope you start from the beginning and read this story in it's entirety (so far). I'd love to hear your feedback.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Just keep it going. You got me hooked.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Snagged you, did I Rasma? Cool!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I found your story interesting and filled with leads into what is coming next. Great way to keep you reader hooked. I love the kitty touch, very realistic.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

I'm glad you're enjoying the story, Dianna. Since Faith's kitty 'Kitty' died, I felt it only befitting she have her baby today. Once a cat lover always a cat lover!


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

It just gets better and better Shauna and I wish I had the time to move onto the next chapter now but it will have to wait until later.

This is a wonderful story and I am going to share it all onto my FB page A Brand New Dawn.

Brilliant !!!!

Eddy.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Eddy, if you've read all 6 chapters you're caught up. I should be posting chapter 7 in the next few days. I've been working on it and should finish up soon. Thanx for the share!


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Seeing notice of Chapter 7 reminded me that I was remiss in checking out this installment, ... so tonight I am treating myself to a double header!

I do hope when all is said and done that you consider publishing this story.

Your style is inviting and leaves me wishing for more...which I believe is the idea...?! Excellent, my dear Sha and moving on!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Maria, I definitely have plans of doing something with this story other than try it out on HP. It's a good platform to get feedback, tho. With what I'm getting from readers, it's worth trying to market once I finish the story.


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

I seen chapter 7 and realised I had missed this one.

Very intriguing. You have really built up a lot of questions about Nathaniel and I look forward to seeing it all transpire over the next chapters. I liked how you used this one to ground the girls and show the depth of their friendship. Really enjoying your writing.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, this story is progressing on its own. I don't really have much to do with it other than letting the story speak through me. It's really a pretty awesome process. I love that you're loving it.


Ghost32 2 years ago

Good--well, of COURSE they're going to find Nathaniel. Wouldn't want all those awesome, icky worms to go to waste. I will admit I'm deeply curious about HOW Faith can fix the fellow, but then, she doesn't know yet, either, so....

Love the photo of Lily, chasing things only she can see.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Muwwwhaaaa! I've snared you my fiction writing friend! See you on the other side, Ghost!


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klidstone1970 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

"The soul is who we are." That one sentence sets off a whole lot of possibilities for this story.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kim, I hope you follow the story. I never know what's coming next until I get a message, but it's the souls that speak!


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Becky Katz 2 years ago from Hereford, AZ

OMG, how did I miss this and several other chapters? I will catch up today, for sure. This is a wonderful story.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Becky, it's nice to see you here. I see you everyday over at Ghost's new house but it's always a pleasure when you come to mine.

Glad you like it!


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

You have been busy! And I have some catching up to do here. I can't wait to read the next chapter.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Take your time Crafty. There are two more chapters after this one.


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epigramman 2 years ago

Once again you have such a smooth flow in your writing style and it's a pleasure to read Shauna. You are just a natural in this genre I would say and I wish you all of the success and luck with it. Once again your character dialogue is seamless and makes the narrative flow and your images and chapter title(s) serve purpose in visualizing the story and its thematic content.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Epi, it's coming slowly, but it's coming along. I really enjoy this genre and embrace it more than any other. It allows my creative self to come forth. To me that's what writing is all about. I started with poetry, which is the ultimate form of self-expression and creative freedom. To me, writing releases that freedom and allows it to soar as high as it can go. Oh, if only I could forgo freelance writing and become a hermit bringing my characters to life and exploding them to the world!

That, my friend is my biggest wish. Drat to the creditors and 15 year mortgages!!


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epigramman 2 years ago

This is such a beautiful and heartfelt comment/reply, Shauna, and I am so proud of you for your creativity passions in life. If you love what you are doing then you are a very lucky person - what a lovely equation to live with and you are doing just that.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Your story continues to gain momentum and hold my interest and curiosity........wonderful! I love the characters. Faith and Sarah are so perfect as best friends.....I'm enjoying their bond.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Paula, Faith was such a lonely child, I had to give her a friend who understands her. We all need a friend, especially if we seem different from everyone else.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

First let me tell you that the video has been blocked, now, another great chapter. I love Sarah, she's a wonderful friend. I know that she has a significant place in this mystery. I'll be back...


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanks for letting me know about the video, Ruby. I think the recent Google changes are causing a lot of hiccups.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Another great chapter drawing us into the lives of Faith and her dear friend Sarah. What secrets does Nathaniel hold? Is Hope going to reveal more? Ever rolling and anxious to move on to the next chapter.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Mary, you bring up some good questions. You'll find your answers in upcoming chapters. Thanx for hanging with this story.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

wow, you are good at this story, what's next?


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Peachpurple, I've posted 16 chapters of this story. Although I'm working on the novel, I've decided not to post any more chapters after 16. If I post the entire book, who will want to buy it? :-)

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