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The Gifts of Faith - The Rainbow (Ch. II)

Updated on March 20, 2015
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As the colors became more brilliant, the yellow hues seemed to separate from the rainbow, reaching to the earth in a gentle golden rain. Even Kitty stopped chasing butterflies as the earth-bound rainbow shower changed from gold to white then gold again before settling in the meadow just ahead.

Faith watched in awe as a shimmer of white swept across the land, moving towards her. A vision appeared inside the glow. A vision Faith had never experienced before now. Although Faith had grown accustomed to seeing the souls of people glowing just beneath the skin’s surface, this vision appeared in reverse.

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The Revelation

As the glow moved closer to Faith and Kitty, the golden rainbow shower dissipated, returning to the sky high above then disappeared entirely. Within the white mist, a silhouette was forming. Suddenly, the tell-tale butterflies in Faith’s belly stopped as if they’d found their resting place. It was all clear to her now. Faith was witnessing the person who ‘could have been’ inside the soul that lived on and she knew exactly who was making her way to where Faith stood.

“Hope”, Faith muttered to herself. As the image moved closer, the person inside the soul stepped out of the white glow that enveloped her. With long dark hair and eyes the color of an azure sea, the woman who came forth seemed to barely skim the blades of grass as she brought her presence to Faith.

“It’s good to see you again, Faith.”

“Again? I don’t understand.” Faith had never come face to face with the beauty before her, but felt she’d been a part of her life all along.

“I’ve been with you since before you were born. You know me and have felt me all of your life. It’s just now that I’m able to reveal myself to you. You have a gift. It confuses you and costs you friends. You feel lonely as the result. That will change now. You’re old enough to accept your gift – and me.”

“I’m not sure I understand.” Faith was not afraid of this beautiful soul, rather she felt they were one, but she was still too young to decipher the meaning or the connection.

“Come with me.” With outstretched hand, the woman who had come forth through the shimmer of white led Faith to a nearby shade tree.

Kitty gave up her butterfly chase and followed them to rest underneath the canopy and settled in to take a well-deserved nap.

In case you missed the beginning of the story: The Gifts of Faith - The Beginning

“As you know, my name is Hope. What you don’t know is I was the child that Mom and Dad never knew. I was stillborn; however, a part of my soul lingered in the womb. Mom and Dad grieved, but God has a special assignment for me.”

Faith sat silently while the butterflies began to stir once again in her tummy. These butterflies felt different. Yes, change was imminent, but this time the change was felt within her soul. This moment would change Faith’s destiny. She felt it with all her being.

“Faith, by the time you came along, Mom and Dad were not so sure you would live, just as our sister and brother and myself didn’t make it into this earthly life, at least not for long. They prayed and prayed and prayed. You are named after their prayers. They had faith that God would finally bless them with a child that could handle the stresses of today’s world. That’s why a part of my soul was left in the womb. God and I wanted to answer Mom and Dad’s prayers. You gained strength from me and I gained purpose from you. Together we have been put on Earth to see what others don’t see. We are here to bring Hope and Faith.”

Faith took all this in and knew her sister was right. Now it was all starting to make sense.

Hope continued. “My soul lied sleeping. I didn’t even realize it until you were conceived 15 years after my death. It was then that I came alive in spirit. My mission was to make sure you made it through the pregnancy and your entrance into this world. I came alive to answer Mom and Dad’s prayers and to help you with the special gift you have been given. You see souls. People don’t understand. They call you a freak. But you have a purpose on this earth. You see the good in people. Because I was left behind, I can see the darker souls in addition to the good ones. Together, we will accomplish your purpose. You are destined for great things.”

This was a lot for 6-year old Faith to absorb, although it felt true and right. Now she had a better understanding of her ability to see souls and foretell imminent changes. Hope was here to help her deal with the varying degrees of her visions and to fine tune her gift.

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The Rainbow

As Faith was taking in all she’d heard, a light shower began to bring them back to reality. The sun was shining as the rain fell and a rainbow appeared on the horizon. Faith turned to marvel at the pastel colors streaking the blue sky.

When she returned her gaze to where Hope sat with her back to the tree, she found herself alone with Kitty.

The butterflies had left Faith’s tummy.

She and Kitty headed for home but not without stopping to pick a bouquet of Mom’s favorite flower, Lily of the Valley.




Shauna L Bowling

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Jenn, I love that you're reading this despite the fact that it's not your favorite genre.

      Your aunt sounds like an amazing woman. She has beautiful thoughts about Taylor. Very comforting.

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      Jenn 2 years ago

      Shauna, You never cease to amaze me! Do you know how much comfort this book will bring to parents that suffered through the loss of a child? My cousin had a baby that died of S.I.D.S. At his funeral my very religious aunt told me that she knew Taylor was an angel the first time she held him in her arms. She went on to say that she knew he was never meant for this world. This is a very interesting story that is well written and full of emotion. This is not my favorite Genre, but i will tell you that once it's published ( it will be published), then know I am one of the (many Im sure..first in line.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Mary, I'm pleased as punch that you're starting at the beginning of the story. I look forward to your thoughts on my novel-in-the-making.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      The beauty here is unmistakable. No wonder Faith has such a following. I love the way you brought Hope to life! Can't wait to read on.

      Voted all but funny.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, I'm glad you're enjoying it. I don't know why it took this long for us to hook up. You and I follow many of the same writers. Good company and all that..... :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha, this is a beautiful story. I'm so glad we found each other. Your writing is delightful...I love this story....

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Ah, Paula you melt my heart. I think the story will make more sense if you read it through. Thank you for doing so.

      Unfortunately that's not how it goes when it takes me so long to post between chapters. Once I finish and morph this into a novel, the reader won't have to backtrack to understand each subsequent post.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I am LOVING this......and have resigned myself to staying up late to read through to 10!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Colin, I'm so pleased this story is reeling you in. Fiction is my favorite form of writing. Hopefully, someday I can dedicate my life to it and forgo the rest. Thanx for the share, buddy!

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      Well Shauna you are just a natural at this style of writing and I love the smooth steady continuing flow and your vivid imagination. This is really a pleasure to read and I will carry on ......and hubbravo to you and I will post this again on FB to enlighten the masses as it did with me.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Hey, Vicki. I didn't realize this is your first time here. I've actually written and posted 8 chapters to this story. I'm glad you're enjoying it!

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      I really enjoyed this follow on to your first story/chapter. The great thing is that it makes some of us return to our own childhood, and then there are echoes of Faith hidden there. I like the way you are writing this too: the tone is soft and gentle, capturing the spirit of Faith.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Ghost, you're in my head! And into the story. Love it. Knowing what I do about the spiritual you, I'm very pleased.

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      Ghost32 3 years ago

      Ah, yes, the much needed addition of Hope. No more Pollyanna; now she gets to see the dark side, too. Which is good; it does SO much to keep one from getting blindsided.

      Off to #3....

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Cool.

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Yes, I have read and enjoyed it, thanks.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      DreamerMeg, I'm so pleased you like this story. I've written and posted five chapter so far. Chapter six should be coming soon. I'm starting to feel my characters speak to me. This is a slow process. I let them speak to me rather than the other way around. Did you find the first chapter? It's simply called, "The Gifts of Faith".

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Love this story. Looking forward to more chapters.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Linda, I'm so glad you finally found some quiet time and have chosen my story to be your companion. Thanx for the votes and cool comment!

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      This is such a great story Shauna. I have the house to myself tonight and decided it was time to finish reading the series. Your writing is is smooth, flowing and incredibly inspirational. I love Faith and how cool she has met Hope. Such great symbols and meaning in the story. Off to read Chapter 3. Hit all buttons but funny, voted up and sharing.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Eddy, I thrilled you're taking a second glance at this story. I've written 5 chapters so far. Need to get working on the next one!

      Take care and lots of love from Florida USA!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Again a second comment here; how uncanny that I feel so much more than I did the first time round ;I now understand so much.

      It may be tomorrow before I can move onto Chapter III and am already looking forward to it immensely. Take care Shauna and lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Kim. Delicate and airy, huh? Cool!

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Delicate and airy comes to mind after reading this. Very moving.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx, Nell. See you there!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I love this story, I am on my way to read part 3.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Eddy, I honored to have Faith grace the pages of A Brand New Dawn. Perhaps that will inspire her to speak to me sooner rather than later so I can continue to tell her story.

      Enjoy your day!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh Shauna what a truly wonderful story. I love it and cannot wait to see what is in store for Faith in the next chapter. I came across the third chapter but then realised I'd missed out this one.

      Loved it and vote both 1 and 2 onto my FB page A Brand New Dawn.

      Now ten another cuppa before I settle down to read the next one. Lots of love Shauna from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Glad you like it, Randi. Thanx for stopping by!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I did miss the first one but am going back now to read it. Love this, so far! Thank you, Shauna!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Rasma, I haven't see you for a while! Thanx for stopping by. It's always a pleasure. There's more to come....

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Loved this and all its colors. Looking forward to more.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You've put a huge smile on my face, Liz! :-) See???

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is so beautiful. What great writing!! Going to read chapter 1 and then coming back again to read this.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, Crafty, please catch up. Chapter II will make more sense once you do. I'm glad you like it!

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      This is beautiful Brave! I'll have to go read part I.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Flourish, we'll find out together!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I like the twist with Hope, as she provides another layer of depth and intrigue. I look forward to seeing where this leads!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Pam. I hope you stick around for more.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Beautiful words and a very interesting story. I enjoyed your story very much. Well done.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Pearl, I'm so glad I was able to hook you with this one. You have the same effect on me. I love your writer's voice. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      bravewarrior, you had me hooked from the first word! This is so lovely and different, and I want more!! You are an awesomely gifted writer with so many facets, my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up++++

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Okey dokey, Martie! :-)

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Sha, I had to read this story again. As it is, it is a short story. The message I got was that Faith gives purpose to Hope and Hope gives strength to Faith. Your dialogue is perfect. As a reader I love this story as it is, but as a coach for short-story writing, which does not mean I can do what I know should be done, I can see what should be done to turn this into a brilliant series of profound short stories. The potential I see in this actually excites me; we can discuss this via email.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      She has more to offer, Susan. Stay tuned!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful writing. I look forward to reading more about Faith.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Carol. Your comment means a lot to me!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      The opening does make you want to delve deeper. Well done and you create beautiful pictures with your words. Sharing and voting up of course.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Faith, if my words can paint a picture in the reader's mind, then the tips Bill gives us are serving this writer well. I'm pleased with the responses so far. Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bobbi, I'm glad my little story was able to touch you so. It seemed to take flight once I sat down and started writing. I was uncertain of the conversation Faith and Hope would have, but I quit thinking and let them speak.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Becky, I'm glad you came back to read. I know how interruptions can leave you forgetting what you were doing. At least it's that way with me!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      DJ, thank you so much for your kind words. I will be continuing Faith's story. Hopefully this time it won't take me well over a month to come up with chapter 3!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Maria, I love writing fiction. This is my first attempt at a story with chapters. We'll see how it goes! Your vote of confidence is a good start. Thanx!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Very magical story here. I am so glad you have brought to us part II and I look forward to where Faith goes from here ...

      Your words really did create such a beautiful visual in one's mind ... taking us right there with Faith and coupled with your imagery and moving music, again magical.

      Up and more

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      That truly touched by heart and soul. You had me after the first paragraph, it was beautifully written. Thanks for sharing this it made my night.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Beautiful and magical. Very good writing from you today. It took three tries to read this, I kept getting interrupted. Definitely worth trying to get it all read.

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      Magical, Sha!

      You have us hooked into you story, at this point. We will be bugging you for MORE!!

      The pictures were perfect with just the right amount of mystery and the music is spiritual. Words, pictures and music--the perfect ensemble!

      Your story line is refreshing and new. It is great that you have opened yourself up to new ideas and you are finding your path to express yourself.

      Congratulations on a Part II, well done!!

      DJ.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sha,

      I could feel this writing as absolutely smooth and flowing...no evidence of being stuck whatsoever. You are sponge-like in your receptivity...Bill inspires you and Martie incites you and oila...as George Michael would sing " Well, you gotta have FAITH...!"

      You have nailed it...I love this...enjoyed reading it with your beautiful musical selection and eagerly await the next chapter. Fiction becomes you! Voted UP and Awesome! Love, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, when I wrote part one you told me it wasn't a short story because there was no dialogue. That make me think twice about chapter two. I don't know how far I will go with this story. I guess it's all up to Faith!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Anna, it's my favorite genre, too. Unfortunately I need to write other 'stuff' before I can expect to make a living off fiction. Just the fact that it takes a long time to discover the soul of the story, then give it momentum. I really would like to make something of this one. We'll see how it goes!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Deep and thought-provoking story. Love the metaphoric angle.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Coming from you, Sensei Bill, that means the world. I loved Faith when I first created her, but then I got stuck. I started chapter 2 about a month ago but got stuck again. Today, after reading your blog, I just started writing. She spoke to me once I took her out of seclusion.

      You're the best. I love you so much and I love who you are!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      I am in a busy city pub but I had to read it on my phone. I would definitely buy the book. My favourite genre and beautifully done.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A perfect example of what I have been talking about regarding introductions. The first two paragraphs were exquisite, Sha! That is writing at its finest, the best I have seen from you. Well done my friend. You are growing leaps and bounds before our very eyes. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanx, Anna. You're the first one!

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      I am out but saw the notification so I had to look. Awesome! Just had to tell you.