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The Gifts of Faith

Shauna's imagination became her best friend as a little girl. As an adult and writer, imagination fuels her creative spirit.

The ache in her joints was enough to foretell the impending weather. As if to validate her premonition, the smell of rich earth was emanating from the air. Rain was soon to come - and with a vengeance. Faith always seemed to prepare but never knew what to expect. She didn’t know why, but her ‘feelings’ never proved to be misgivings.

Faith was a gift from God

Faith was a gift from God

The Beginning

Faith’s parents had lost three children before she was born. One was lost to meningitis at age 2 months, one was lost to Infant Death Syndrome after just a few days at home and one was lost before she ever left the womb. They had almost given up hope of having a child. By the time Faith came along, her parents were resigned to their faith in God that this child would live; thus her given name.

Faith was ostracized by the adults.

Faith was ostracized by the adults.

The Early Years

Faith was always one to give to others, even at a very young age. But she had a trait that none of the other children – or adults for that matter – had. Oftentimes she seemed to know what was about to take place through her innate sense of Nature and the scents that Nature emits.

As a result, she was considered ‘weird’, yet children were drawn to her sense of knowing what was yet to come. However, the parents of those children were trepidatious of Faith. As such, not many kids were allowed to play with her. This dismayed her parents and confused Faith; she didn’t understand why she was singled out as an oddity. After all, don’t all people possess this sense? Is it not part of seeing, feeling, tasting, touching and smelling? She knew no other way of living life and seeing the world.

As a little girl, the ostracizing she received was foreign and inconceivable to her. Why was she treated with such ill-regard?

Making Do

At a young age Faith learned to amuse herself with her imagination and love of music since it was apparent other kids weren’t permitted to play with her. However, no matter how much love and support she received from her parents, there always seemed to be something missing. She didn’t know the joy of sharing toys and pretending to be a movie star or princess with friends, yet she truly loved all those she met. She was never invited to climb trees or play ball or hide and seek. She was excluded from birthday parties and never had any of the neighborhood kids attend hers.

Faith had a golden soul and an open heart, yet she never had a best friend or any friend, for that matter.

Was it because the family moved often? Or was it something else?

The children Faith met as she was growing up were enthralled by her ability to see the inner souls of others. People’s souls appeared to her in various hues and seemed to shimmer just beneath the flesh. Faith had no idea that this ability was unique to her; she assumed everyone saw others as she did. Each and every person she encountered had a soul and she was able to see it. The colors and intensity were unique to each and she learned to identify the significance of this as she became more in tune with her inner sight.

Faith also had a way of communing with Mother Nature and the uncanny ability to predict the immediate future, which entranced her peers but scared the daylights out of their parents. Kids were told to stay away from ‘that freak’ Faith. Being shunned made Faith feel as though her very heart were being ripped from her body. She couldn’t understand why she was viewed as unworthy by the elders. She knew the other children didn’t feel the same as their parents; they had no choice but to abide by their rules no matter how unfair they seemed.

Faith

Faith

Faith Has Questions as Time Goes on

The impending weather always did strange things to Faith. She knew when something monumental was about to occur by the way her body suddenly reacted to the scents Mother Earth sent her. The sky could be as clear and blue as could be, but she would receive the ‘memo’ that something out of the ordinary was about to happen.

No wonder I had no friends growing up. I’m a freak and no one understands, even though… I always seem to know….. What is wrong with me? Or is it not me, but others who cannot see?

Mother Nature spoke to Faith

Mother Nature spoke to Faith

Please help me out as this is the first ongoing short story I've written

One Day....

One day as Faith was playing with her kitten in a field speckled with tulips, daffodils and all the splendor of Spring, a rainbow appeared. Although no rain had dropped, she knew the rainbow was no mirage. It was a symbol that something glorious was about to happen and Faith smiled. She lifted her freckled face to the sun and closed her eyes, beckoning the sign to permeate her mind and warm her soul.

As the sun brought warmth to her heart the rainbow became more brilliant. The colors were exquisite – deep purple, ruby red, rich turquoise and yellow as brilliant as a buttercup. A warm breeze kissed her skin as she opened her eyes. Faith felt the all too familiar butterflies in her tummy. This always happened just before a revelation. Sometimes they were good and sometimes, well sometimes she wished she didn’t have the ability to see what’s coming.

Something had changed and this time it was different than all the others…..


To be continued.


Shauna L Bowling

Refining, Defining or Rhyming

All Rights Reserved

A song Faith sang in her head often

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Shauna L Bowling

Comments

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 01, 2020:

Thanks for the advice, Marisa. I'll definitely keep it in mind when I finally get back to the story.

Marisa Wright from Melbourne, Australia on October 31, 2020:

Actually I did glance at some of the later chapters - that's the reason I said I felt you'd started in the wrong place. There is so much to intrigue the reader later in the story. The trick is to create that intrigue in the first couple of pages, otherwise the reader won't stay with you long enough to discover it.

I am not an expert at it myself, by the way. The advice is based on what I've learned on Critique Circle from published authors far more experienced than I. On my current WIP, I've rewritten the beginning about a dozen times! I think I have finally found the right place to start.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 31, 2020:

Marisa, I read your article and will go back to check out the other articles you mention within.

You're like an onion; you have so many layers - each one more awesome than the next.

I understand what you're saying in your comment. I'll have to re-read the first chapter. However, if you find the time to read subsequent chapters, you'll find many surprises down the road.

I know it needs refinement, should I decide to finish the project, but I think the premise is good. Lots of intrigue and "holy crap!" moments as you get further into the story.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 31, 2020:

Thanks, Marisa. I'll check out both links. I actually had a writing coach from the UK while I was writing this. Sadly, he passed away. He gave me some critique, which I've incorporated into my Word copy. He also had me write the final chapter, which I did. Now I just need to fill in the gap.

I appreciate your feedback.

Marisa Wright from Melbourne, Australia on October 30, 2020:

You've started this story at the beginning, which (for a novel) is usually the wrong place to start. Rather than explain it all here, I'll refer you to a Hub I wrote on my old account: Hobbylark.com/writing/Novel-Writing-your-first-chapter

I recommend Critiquecircle.com as a wonderful place to post your stories and novel chapters for feedback. It's a great fiction writers' community. No money to be earned I'm afraid!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 30, 2020:

Kyler, there definitely are some unexpected surprises as you read on. I hope you stick with it and let me know what you think!

Kyler J Falk from Corona, CA on April 29, 2020:

I'm going to need to take some time out of my days to get through all of these at some point. I'm not wholly sucked in as of yet, but I am curious to see what sort of dark turns this is going to take. Faith seems like a bright and go-lucky girl, but something tells me she is going to have that innocence tarnished throughout the story.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 23, 2019:

Thanks, Tori. There's much more to come. There are sixteen chapters posted here on HP.

Tori Leumas on September 23, 2019:

This seems like an interesting story. Faith seems like a sweet girl. I will continue reading this.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 01, 2019:

Shyron, I'm thrilled to see you here again! What a wonderful surprise!!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 28, 2019:

Shauna, I am so glad you are refreshing Faith, I love this story and want to continue to read your story.

Blessing my dear friend.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 28, 2019:

Peg, I linked several chapters, then stopped once they were in the double digits.

Thanks for giving me the push to take a new look at Faith. Perhaps one day I'll actually finish the novel. I've been stuck on chapter 17 for a couple of years now.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 28, 2019:

Oh, Shauna, I love the new photos and the changes you've made to the text. I'm off to read chapter 2 now. I'm thinking about adding links to the next chapter in my story at the end of each one. That might be helpful here, too.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 21, 2019:

Thanks, Peg. It's been so long since I posted this. I'm thrilled you've stopped by. Guess I have some editing to do with this one!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 21, 2019:

Shauna, I'm enthralled with the beginning of this story and all its possibilities. Don't know how I missed this series for such a long time. Hoping to learn more about Faith and her unusual abilities. On to the next chapter.

PS The music video has stopped working.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 29, 2015:

Thank you, Jenn. I hope you enjoy the subsequent chapters.

JennC on March 29, 2015:

Aeesome story and amazing writer!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 15, 2015:

Lisa, all of our fictional stories are based on real life. At least, that's where my ideas come from. I've got Cherokee blood on both sides of my mother's family. Perhaps this story is guided by them. I don't know. I just go with the flow that my characters plant in the creative side of my brain.

I've seen spirits, but I've not seen souls inside a living being. I'm obviously adding a fictional mindset to real life. I'm not sure where the manifestation of this story comes from. I don't question it.

I love that you've posed that question. No one else has. You've given me reason to delve deeper into how and why this story popped into my head.

Read on for 15 more chapters (and that's where I stop) and let me know what you think. This started as a short story, but will be a novel when my characters finish telling me their stories.

Warning: I will not publish the rest of the novel on HP or anywhere. This was pretty much a place to determine whether or not my novel would be of interest to readers.

I look forward to your feedback.

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on March 15, 2015:

This is a beautiful and intriguing story. I have to ask, is it true? I know that some individuals possess such mystical abilities. Whether true or not I look forward to reading more about Faith. Thank you for sharing.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 15, 2015:

Shyron, I've posted 16 chapters of this story. I'm stopping there. I intend to turn this into a novel once I finish it, but will not be publishing the subsequent chapters. Why would anyone buy the book if it's available online, right?

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 14, 2015:

I can't wait to read the next chapter. Voted this up, UABI and shared.

Blessings and Hugs

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 17, 2014:

Mary, I'm glad you're taking the time to begin Faith's journey. It will all make more sense when you do. I look forward to your feedback.

Mary Craig from New York on November 17, 2014:

Well, here I am at the beginning and I am certainly not disappointed. Meeting Faith as a child has been interesting and sad. Parents are so cruel!

I know you've continued because I read Chapter 16 and I believe one other. I'm correcting that now as I start from the beginning.

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 07, 2014:

Barb, I'm thrilled to have you join Faith's journey. Be prepared for some unexpected twists in the story. It's a work in progress that will eventually become my first fiction novel. I'm glad to hear you're relating to her so early in her life.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on September 07, 2014:

oh I'm intrigued for sure! I'll be reading your series now! This character is someone that I 'can relate to' (ok, that's sounds crazy) but in a different way - in terms of peering deeper into someone's soul to at least try to understand what's made them who they are (at least on the surface)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 17, 2014:

Ruby, I hope you enjoy it. My HP friends are sort of a guinea pig on this one. I have aspirations of turning this into a novel - my first! I would appreciate your honesty when you leave comments. I have no idea how many chapters are yet to come. It depends on how long it takes for Faith to tell her story.

I'm thrilled you're here!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 17, 2014:

I'm into this story BIG time! I saw that you'd written chapter twelve today. I knew i had to start at the beginning to understand the story. Faith is a special child, like many others who are gifted and not understood. My kind of story.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 26, 2014:

Welcome to the beginning of my journey, Paula!

Suzie from Carson City on April 26, 2014:

Well Sha....I have my answer to the mystery. It was meant for me to begin this series so late. Now, I not only get to devour your wonderful work....but also see the dozens of heartfelt comments, applause and kudos being thrown at your feet......from all of our fellow writers! Better critiques a writer cannot hope for than those of a fellow writer! You deserve it all.

This beginning is a true grabber.......I'm instantly hooked.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 01, 2014:

Tirelesstraveler, I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well. Perhaps my little story will distract your discomfort some. Now that you've read the first chapter and the latest one, you need to read chapters 2 through 9. You'll get a better handle on the story. I hope you'll be pleased with today's read.

Judy Specht from California on April 01, 2014:

Still wandering around with Faith. I know the beginning now I have to find where Sarah comes into the picture. It has been a fun sick day reading about Faith.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 31, 2014:

Colin, I am privileged to have you reading what is outside your preferred form. That means a lot to me. You're pulling my leg with your comment about poetry, right Poetry Man???? I see you've read the first two chapters. Eight more to go!

epigramman on March 30, 2014:

I am not one to read novels or long form writing but I wanted to give you an honest appraisal my dear Shauna by starting right back here with chapter one and I was honestly blown away by your brilliant attention to detail, character development and storyline ......I try to write in a visual sense myself as I am very much influenced by songwriting and music (but not poetry itself which I don't care for much anyway,lol) and in turn here I could see a movie in my head through your evocative words and storytelling, bravo to you my dear friend and I shall enlighten the masses on FB with a post on my timeline and continue on with chapter 2 ...... Canada time sunday night 8:15pm

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 18, 2014:

Nellieanna, I love reading the poetry you wrote many years ago. It allows me to see into your soul. You were just as beautiful then as you are now.

I'm thrilled you've picked up my story. Looking forward to your feedback!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on February 17, 2014:

I can't believe I haven't realized this was written and available till now!

But THE NOW is always where IT - life in progress - is happening. After all, isn't that one of the reasons why we write - because the work is ever-there and ever-new and NOW whenever someone reads it! I find the thrill of sharing poems I wrote over 40 years ago each time someone reads one for their first time. It is almost like immortal.

So I'm about to continue reading your marvelous story. Maybe I'm just sneaky. (wink) - If I'd read the first chapter when it was first published and the only one available, I'd be hung in suspense, waiting for the story to continue unfolding. As it is, I can gobble it up as quickly as I wish; - OR just allow the thrill of the discovery to envelop me as it will. I'm really delighted with this, Shauna! You've drawn me in totally.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 16, 2014:

Nadine, I hope you carry on with chapters two thru seven, now that you've read one and eight. It'll make more sense. I'm working on chapter nine now and hope to have it posted today or tomorrow.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 16, 2014:

I read your first chapter after having read chapter eight first. I needed to get back to the beginning and follow the story from there. intriguing and wow well done!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 31, 2014:

Ghost, the ostracism comes from my own experience as a child. We moved a lot in my younger years. That resulted in never really having time to make friends and always being the new kid on the block. There's definitely a part of me in this story.

Ghost32 on January 30, 2014:

Billybuc: "bated breath" comes from "abate". One dictionary definition reads as follows:

"To moderate or restrain (a variation of "abate"): to bate one's enthusiasm, and, "to lessen or diminish," and "with bated breath - in a state of suspenseful anticipation."

Sha: I'm glad to have finally caught up to this. Better late than never, and all that. Also, I have to agree with everyone else; you've expressed a superb character in Faith. It reminded me of a couple of my ex-wives, plus Pam, in that they have always been able to see auras in full living color and "assumed" everyone else could, too. They didn't have as much of the ostracism factor going on, mainly because they never thought to bring it up.

Of course, Faith's abilities go far beyond that. Great work!

On to #2....

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 29, 2014:

Thank you Laura. I'm glad you came back, too! :-)

Laura Arne from Minnetonka, MN on January 28, 2014:

Voted Up Up Up, glad I read seven and came back to one. Loving this Shauna.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 28, 2014:

Sleep well, Jane. I'll be here when your eyelids and mind are ready for more. I'm pleased that you are pleased and happy that you are sad. That tells me you've gotten into the character and I've done a good job so far.

Jane Arden on January 28, 2014:

What a beautiful piece of work. So descriptive and telling. I am already feeling sad for Faith, with her friends (not friends really) the other children not being able to play with her. She's different but doesn't even know it yet. I want to relax and read these parts properly Shauna and my eyes are dropping as its half 11 at night here and I'm knackered. So I will come back tomorrow evening, sit down with a nice hot chocolate and read this hub again along with the the updates. Looking forward to it. G'night and God Bless. Definitely sharing.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 10, 2014:

Eddy, I love the hubs you post about your and Dai's outings. I love your countryside and the beautiful, lush fauna it has to offer. I look forward to your next jaunt into the outdoors!

Eiddwen from Wales on January 10, 2014:

Nature as you know was also a great part of my childhood ; I never felt at one with a crowd of friends and I found all I needed in Mother Nature's bosom. We never moved around when I was small but as I said nature was my all. Looking back today I know that I learned and understood so much more than what most of my friends would have at a young age.

Obviously I wish that the abuse hadn't happened but it did and I have moved on!!!Everything I have been through has made me who I am today. I am still not a lover of being part of a large crowd and also not one to have neighbours popping in an dout for coffee and gossip and t this day I am happier when my self and Dai are exploring our Welsh paradise and how nice to finally be bale to share so much with my soul mate my all. Thanks for this story again Shauna and I look forward to reading on further. Voted up for sure.

Eddy.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 10, 2014:

Eddy, Faith is very much a part of me. I was the same as a little girl. We moved so often I never had time to make friends. When I did, it hurt too much when we'd leave so I learned to distance myself. Nature was my playmate. I don't regret it at all; it gave me a true appreciation of the wonders and beauty Mother Nature bestows upon us.

Eiddwen from Wales on January 10, 2014:

Hi Shauna I have returned for a fresh read here as I intend to follow each chapter. It is uncanny because reading this time round has given me a feeling of understanding ; a feeling and memory of how it was to be a little girl who didn't quite fit in and found all she needed in Mother Nature's bosom. I knew I had to return and I am so glad I did. Now onto Chapter 2.

Lots of love my very dear friend.

Eddy.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 30, 2013:

Awesome! Enjoy, Linda!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on December 30, 2013:

Perrrffecctt Shauna. I see a great cozy evening ahead of me :-)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 30, 2013:

They're on HP, Linda. You should be able to find them via my profile page. The chapters are numbered, so you should be able to read them in order. Let me know what you think!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on December 30, 2013:

I am so excited to hear that Shauna. Are they all here on HubPages or are they published works. This is a perfect day to read a great story like this. It's cold and snowy in Minnesota.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 30, 2013:

Linda, this is chapter one. There are 4 more following this, but it's not over yet!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on December 30, 2013:

I am waiting with bated breath-I am so taken and captivated by this beautiful story of Faith. Once you read the first sentence, it just pulls you to continue. Beautiful work Shauna and I will await the conclusion.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 21, 2013:

Merry Christmas, Kim. Thanx for the awesome comment!

இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу from Niagara Region, Canada on December 21, 2013:

Oh, Shauna,

This is too good to be true! Your way with words are wonderful and left me feeling the ache in Faith's soul as she questioned the "why's" in her life. Well done!

Best wishes for the holidays,

Kim

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 18, 2013:

Jennifer, I hope bated breath is nothing like blue b---s! :-)

Jennifer Stone from the Riverbank, England on October 18, 2013:

I loved this Bravewarrior, a beautiful piece of writing! I'm off to read the next chapter with bated breath.. :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 16, 2013:

I'm glad you're enjoying this, Nell!

Nell Rose from England on October 16, 2013:

Great start, off to read 2 and 3! lol!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 24, 2013:

Rolly, I'm pleased you've taken the time to read this. I have recently posted chapter 2. I don't know how many chapters I'll write. It depends on Faith and her voice.

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on September 24, 2013:

Hi Bravewarrior... beautiful, touching and such a wonderful read... never stop using the gift you have...

Hugs from Canada

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on September 23, 2013:

Maybe my next hub should be about memory (or lack there of?)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 23, 2013:

Hey, Randi! Yep, silly you! Tee hee. I'm glad to see you give this another go 'round.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on September 22, 2013:

Ah, silly me, I did read this one! Just not sure how I missed the next one! SAA, great story! I will be watching for more! Thank you!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 16, 2013:

Thank you, Liz. Coming from a writer whom I hold in great regard, your comment means everything to me!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on September 15, 2013:

Fantastic! Definitely captured my attention and kept it. Well-written!!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 15, 2013:

Thanx, Crafty. I'm glad you're enjoying this story.

CraftytotheCore on September 15, 2013:

Nicely done and I love the photos you chose for both chapters!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 09, 2013:

Flourish, you've given me fuel for the story. I know Faith has a lot to share, but I've gotten stuck. Thanx for your feedback!

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 08, 2013:

Please do more. As I read this, I had so many questions. What kind of parents/heritage gives rise to a child like this? Is there any downside to this gift? Not everyone's soul is nice and good, so what happens when she sees an "ugly" color (I imagined it to be a putrid green). Are there others like her, perhaps with darker twists to their characters (for example, people who can see vulnerabilities)? You spark so many questions. I am looking forward to seeing where you go with this!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 23, 2013:

Awesome, Linda!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 23, 2013:

I'm looking forward to part two! :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 23, 2013:

I'm working on it, Linda. I have an idea for part two, I just need to get in on paper and get it to flow. Faith is also my brother's ex-wife's name. I don't know why I chose it - it just popped into my head and felt right.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 23, 2013:

What happens next to Faith???

Faith is my granddaughters name :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 23, 2013:

Thank you, Eddy. I need to get to work on part two, but keep getting stuck. I've been searching photos to go with what I have in mind. I hope to get unstuck soon so Faith can continue on with her tale.

Eiddwen from Wales on July 23, 2013:

Oh how beautiful Shauna and voted up ;thanks for sharing this gem; I loved it.

Eddy.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 29, 2013:

Julie Anne, as soon as I get my computer problems squared away, I plan on giving Faith her voice. Thanx so much for stopping by!

just-about on June 29, 2013:

Well, I'm drawn in and waiting for the next chapter . . . I'm looking forward to hearing her voice and her conversations with others.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 29, 2013:

Thanx, Eddy. I need to get working on the next part!

Eiddwen from Wales on June 29, 2013:

A great story Shauna; voted up and enjoyed.

Eddy.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 22, 2013:

Thank you for your kind words, Carol. I'm going to enjoy getting to know Faith. I hope you will, too.

carol stanley from Arizona on June 22, 2013:

This is a keeper and so well done. You are an amazing writer.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 22, 2013:

Nell, I'm hoping to meet up with Faith sometime this weekend. I'm thrilled this story appeals to you!

Nell Rose from England on June 21, 2013:

I love this story! this is the type of story that I always try to find in the book store, can't wait for the next installment!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 20, 2013:

Bobbi, I'm glad you're enjoying this. Stay tuned!

Maria, I am beginning to know Faith and where her gifts will lead her. Thanx for the support.

Rasma, thank you for reading. Let's see what happens next!

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 20, 2013:

Voted up and interesting. This story is fascinating. It had me from start to finish. Definitely looking forward to more.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 19, 2013:

Dear Sha,

I am intrigued by your style, which is liken to a stream of consciousness.

I love the idea of you writing outside your comfort zone and stretching even more beautifully in your craft.

Looking forward to much more...Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on June 19, 2013:

Hi,

This is a wonderful story about an unusual and gifted child. I cannot wait to read more---as I know it will be as wonderful as part 1.

Special children are God's gift to us---and the wise ones know how to greet and love them.

Bobbi Purvis

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 19, 2013:

Deb, HP should notify you whenever I post. As a reinforcement, when I really like something I write, I post it to the FB BS page and my page. I believe you're members of both.

Thank you for the compliment. I'm really loving the story telling side of writing.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 19, 2013:

And she will, Blossom. Wait and see!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on June 19, 2013:

I love this story.. please let me know when part 2 comes out.. you have wonderful; storytelling abilities.. .. voted up and sharing

deb

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on June 19, 2013:

This is truly beautiful; Faith is so deep, she can only go on.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 19, 2013:

Wayne, this means a lot coming from you. Faith has a story worth telling - I can feel it!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 19, 2013:

Leslie, I always trust the way animals and children react to people. They have clean, pure, true souls and can 'feel' the souls of others. If I've brought tears to your eyes, then that says a lot about my writing. I will definitely carry on with Faith's story. She has a whole lifetime ahead of her. We will see her grow, I promise! Thanx for the pin and share!

Wayne Barrett from Clearwater Florida on June 19, 2013:

Wow, Sha! Great work, and like the others I can't wait to see what becomes of Faith.

Karen Silverman on June 19, 2013:

pinning and sharing on fb too...

awesome Shauna!!!

Karen Silverman on June 19, 2013:

if i could tell you how many ways and how deeply this touched me, i'd have to write you privately. I do not say this lightly.

my breathing became faster and i learned in toward the screen and every single word held my interest and - tears came to my eyes...

you'd BETTER continue this - don't make me come over there and spank you! (lol..KIDDING people!!)

Aside from seeing into the immediate future - i am faith..

thankfully i was lucky enough to pick up a few amazing friends along the way..

but...they fully admit to still not 'getting' me...

(animals and children follow me around like the pied piper, however..)

Hey - you started it!

lol..

sharing, of course!

Anna Haven from Scotland on June 19, 2013:

Just the truth. I look forward to it :)

Anna

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 19, 2013:

Anna, I will bring the next part soon. Hopefully by the weekend. Thanx for your awesome assessment!

Anna Haven from Scotland on June 18, 2013:

This was really very intriguing.

You created a character with whom we have empathy. You gave us a world with sights, sounds and smells. You made us want her to find love and happiness.

You created a detailed backstory and also foreshadowing of what's to come.

You achieved all of this without even using dialogue. You really are a gifted writer and I think Faith has a very interesting future ahead of her.

You have given her a special gift and now we are kept wondering and waiting to see which path she is about to walk down.

You can't keep us waiting for too long....... :)

Anna