Welcome! As Rose Anderson I write the intimate side of award-winning romance. As Madeline I write the other flavors of fiction. It might be a sweeter love story, an otherworldly walk in the twilight zone, or something dark... For today it's another bit from the sweeter side of my imagination ~ Heart of Stone.
First my 10 with details after~
Squaring her shoulders, Abigayle opened the door and called to Nicodemus. The bird swooped inside to land upon her shoulder. She lovingly scratched her raven’s head and told him through her tears, "Ye cannot save John nor me, dear friend, but ye can watch over my son. This charge I leave ye. Teach him all ye know as ye’ve taught me." The bird closed his eyes and rubbed his head against her cheek. Jumping out of the boot, Martin scurried over and smoothed her hair with his little paws.
Meeting her mother’s tear-streaked face with a brave smile, Abigayle said, "Please help me, Mama, the charm needs be set in stone to see these terrible times through."
So distraught was the pair, they forgot that the familiar spirits standing near would magnify their protective charm. To her great dismay, Finola would later discover that such a charm was unbreakable.
The story opens with the notorious witch hunts in 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts.
As formal education for women lacks substance in her own country, Neila Flannigan leaves Ireland in 1904 to attend Radcliffe women’s college America. Shy and introverted, Neila passes her lonesome hours sketching the Harvard grounds and sending drawings home to her father. A chance encounter with a kindly old Irish woman inspires her to sketch a statue in an old, unused building. Desperately lonely, Neila ends up sharing her thoughts and feelings with a man carved in stone. Some days it feels like he listens.
Setting the Stage~
In the scene above, Abigayle learns her husband John will be tried for witchcraft. He isn't a witch, but his wife is. A scry proves there is no hope and Abigayle learns she too will die. She explains it all to her mother and their familiar spirits before casting a protective spell on Abigayle's teenage son.
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