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The Gifts of Faith - Butterflies and Rainbows (Ch. 11)

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

Faith's kitchen holds memories of the White family

Faith's kitchen holds memories of the White family

“Ho-ly shit!” Faith pulled up a chair next to Sarah at the small kitchen table. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing on the screen.

“Sarah, Julie White is – or was – Nathaniel’s mother! What are the odds that I’d end up buying her family home?” Faith fiddled with the tiny ring on her finger as she turned to face Sarah.

Twisting her golden locks and with eyes wide, Sarah responded. “Faith, I don’t think odds have anything to do with this. You were destined to buy this house. I wonder if Nathaniel has any idea you’re living in his mother’s childhood home.”

Nathaniel didn't seem to recognize Faith the day he visited her flower shop

Nathaniel didn't seem to recognize Faith the day he visited her flower shop

“I don’t think so, Sarah. When he came into the shop, I don’t even think he realized I’m Daddy’s daughter, despite the fact that his dad was Daddy’s biggest customer back in the day. But then again, I was so unnerved by his squirming soul I may not have been paying attention to his body language.”

Faith got up from the table and paced the kitchen, deep in thought. It was quite a while before she continued, “He really didn’t seem to recognize me, but then I don’t know why he would. I certainly didn’t recognize him. Not that I should have, really. I didn’t remember seeing him in Mama’s bedroom the day she died. That is, not until I received the flowers he sent a while back.”

The butterflies were starting to kick up in Faith’s belly. She turned to say something to Sarah and stopped in her tracks.

Sarah’s inner rainbow was pulsating and becoming brighter than it ever had been since Hope passed it on to her.

Sarah closed the laptop, sat back in her chair and stared straight ahead. The only sound in the room was Lily purring.

The silence was interrupted by low groans. Faith was so lost in her own thoughts that at first she didn’t hear them. As they became more pronounced, Faith came back from wherever it was her thoughts had taken her. The butterflies were really going to town in her belly by now. She felt she may vomit any moment. Up until now, when the butterflies came alive, they tickled her stomach. Not this time.

Ugh! Concentrate, concentrate. You can beat this. Don’t throw up!

“Ohhhhhh! Ahhhhhh-owwwww! Oh, it hurts…..”

The moaning was coming from Sarah! Her head was tipped back, legs drawn up to the seat of her chair. She clenched her fists opened and closed, opened and closed.

As Faith gave herself the don’t-throw-up-now pep talk, Sarah let out an ear-piercing scream, obviously in tremendous pain.

Just as Faith stepped forward to bring Sarah out of whatever was going on with her, Sarah’s rainbow filled the room. It was the most beautiful, yet frightful thing Faith had ever seen.

She couldn’t move; she just stood by the kitchen sink watching Sarah’s (Hope’s) soul fill the room. Faith’s heart was beating a mile a minute and the butterflies were keeping time.

I’ve got to help her. She’s in so much pain! Come on feet – move!

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Faith felt hot tears spilling down her cheeks, and then the butterflies stopped. What happened next would stay with her for the rest of her life.

Butterflies and rainbows

Butterflies and rainbows

The rainbow-filled kitchen was brimming with butterflies frantically fluttering about, searching for a way out of the room.

Faith remained helpless.

The bizarre scene had awakened Lily from her nap. She knew something was up. Lily didn't attempt to chase the butterflies; she was fixated on Sarah’s screaming.

Faith was beginning to gain control of herself. As she headed to help her friend, Lily jumped up in Sarah’s lap and the screaming stopped. It simply stopped. The butterflies disappeared. The rainbow left the room, settled itself within Sarah’s being and once again maintained its soft hues.

Sarah sat up in her chair, pushing the sweat-soaked hair from her brow. “Holy cow! What the hell just happened?”

“I’m not sure, sweetie. You tell me. Where did you go?”

“You’re not going to believe this, but – I think I just gave birth!”

Faith led Sarah to the couch in the adjoining room

Faith led Sarah to the couch in the adjoining room

The room fell silent. Lily refused to leave Sarah’s lap, all the while “making dough” on her belly, as if reassuring her that everything would be okay.

Finally regaining her strength, Faith eased Sarah up from her spot at the kitchen table and guided her to the comfort of the couch in the adjoining room.

Slowly, Sarah came back to the present. Her breathing eased as she relaxed on the couch.

“Geez, Faith I should have thought twice before agreeing to accept Hope’s soul into my own. Holy Mackerel that was a doozie! Talk about slam-bam-thank-you-ma’am!”

“Tell me what happened, Sarah. Your rainbow filled the room and my belly butterflies escaped, desperately trying to find a way out. You started moaning, then screaming. I wanted to help you but couldn’t move. Thank goodness for Lily. She seems to be the only soul who knew what to do.”

“Faith, are you still wearing Julie’s ring?”

“Yes, I haven’t been able to take it off for some reason.”

“Please do so now. At least for a while.” Sarah got up from the couch and headed for the back door. She desperately needed some fresh air.

Faith waited a few minutes before following her friend. She sensed some time alone was in order. Sarah would have to process what had just happened and needed to do it alone.

The Mighty Oak

The Mighty Oak

She didn’t see her at first. As she nervously scanned the property, Faith spotted Sarah sitting under the mighty oak on the south end. As she made her way towards her best friend, Faith realized that the mighty oak had a soul of its own. That’s where Sarah first saw Hope. It’s also where Hope asked Sarah to allow her soul to rest within her own. Faith recollected the shared dream she and Sarah had. Mystic wonders seem to culminate under the protection of the huge tree.

“Hey, sweetie. You okay?”

“Yeah, I think so. Boy, this spiritual stuff you have going on really packs a wallop, my friend!”

“I’m sorry, Sarah. Most people never experience what you and I have. You certainly have been brought into the fold with a bang.”

“Ya think? It’s okay. I accepted my assignment. I just wish I’d had a job description before I signed on!”

Faith grinned at Sarah’s comment. Sarah always maintained her sense of humor no matter what was going on. It was one of the reasons Faith loved her so much. She brought lightheartedness to Faith’s serious nature.

“So, what do you make of what just happened? You scared the shit out of me, Sarah.”

“I know. I’m sorry. I felt the pain, but I was watching myself from some other realm at the same time. Weird. I can’t really explain it.”

“Sarah, you screaming out in pain was hard enough to endure. But when the butterflies exploded all over the room - well, let’s just say it kinda freaked me out.”

Was Julie's ring connected to her spirit?

Was Julie's ring connected to her spirit?

“Faith, I think Julie’s ring has connected us to her spirit. She’s trying to tell us something. When Hal was here for dinner, he told you Nathaniel’s mother died in childbirth. Later you found that tiny aquamarine ring.”

“And we have since discovered this property once belonged to Julie’s family. The ring is hers. I wonder how old she was when she lost it.” Faith looked beyond the pasture, resting her gaze on the gardens she and Sarah had been tending for the last few weeks.

“Let’s not talk about Julie anymore. I’m exhausted.” Sarah leaned back against the massive trunk while absent-mindedly running her fingers through the soft grass. “And, please – don’t put that ring back on just yet. I can’t take another trip into the past right now.”

The silence was welcoming. So much was happening so fast. Even Faith had a hard time grasping the events of the last few weeks. Her gifts were expanding.

And now Sarah shared them too.

Shauna L Bowling

Refining, Defining or Rhyming

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Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 02, 2019:

Peg, P.S. I've posted 16 chapters of "The Gifts of Faith" on HP. I'd love to hear your thoughts after you've been through them.

While I was writing this, I presented many of the chapters to a writing mentor I had out of the UK. He gave me lots of positive feedback and even had me write the final chapter. I just need to fill the in-between. He was amazing. Sadly, he died in 2017. His loss is greater than you can imagine. He took a personal approach with me. I miss him tremendously. His name was Jon Morrow.

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

Peg, my intent was/is to make a novel of this story. Sadly, I stopped a couple of years ago when I began chapter 17. My muse left me when I was forced into going back into the workforce. However, I'll not let it go. I will finish it.

I hope you do start from the beginning and catch up. I set my HP settings to include my articles that are no longer featured for that very reason.

Aquamarine is my birthstone. There's a lot of me in this story.

Thank you so much for coming here today. My treasured writings are those of fiction; those that come from imagination coupled with reality. I actually did a lot of research when writing this story so as to make the supernatural aspect have a "real" setting.

Thank you for bringing this story back to life and nudging my muse. You've given me reason to call her out of her hiatus.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 01, 2019:

I just discovered this story and will go back to look for the other chapters. Looking forward to catching up with this intriguing story. I'm reminded that my best friend who recently passed always wore an aquamarine ring. Wow.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 13, 2015:

Mary, if you can't find them, email me and I'll send you the links. I think one of them has been un-featured due to lack of activity, but I'm not sure which one right now.

Mary Craig from New York on October 13, 2015:

I did start at the beginning, in the beginning. I think I'm missing Chapters six through ten, but not sure.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 12, 2015:

Mary, I'm so glad you're visiting Faith, Sarah, and Nathaniel. How many chapters have you read? I've posted one through sixteen here on HP.

I'm glad you don't feel lost. That's a good thing. However, it really does make more sense if you start at the beginning and work your way up.

Mary Craig from New York on October 12, 2015:

Somehow I've missed some chapters in between, but the story continues so well I don't feel lost.

This is certainly book material Sha. Your descriptions are soul wrenching. I could almost feel her pain and see the butterflies! It will be interesting to see what happens next.

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

Hi, Prey!

prey from places you should hope we never meet on June 30, 2014:

hi again

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 30, 2014:

Ruby, you're almost caught up. Now I need to catch up to you!

Yes, kitties do that. I have 3 and they love the fact that I have an old lady's belly. It gives them plenty of softness to knead that dough! LOL. Well, I'm not really LOL, but it is what it is! :-)

The birth wasn't a real birth, but Sarah connecting to Julie's spirit on the day she died in childbirth. The ring. Remember the ring.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 30, 2014:

" Making dough on her belly " Great line! Cats do that, Ha, Another mysterious episode. The birth blew me away, if it was a birth? I'm catching up, one more to go. Still loving your story...

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 08, 2014:

What tips, Jo? This is a chapter in my upcoming fiction novel. Do you have this confused with another hub perhaps?

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on May 08, 2014:

Great hub, interesting and very useful tips, I'm just about to print this information for later.

Thank you, much appreciated.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 08, 2014:

Michelle, to understand the significance of the butterflies, you'll have to read the whole story. This is a novel in the making. I've posted 11 chapters so far and hope to get to work on chapter 12 soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on May 08, 2014:

You cannot contain hope. I love the metaphor of the butterflies escaping. Brilliantly written.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 05, 2014:

Linda, I am being guided. I think that's why it takes so long between chapters! I certainly didn't know the butterflies were going to escape until I saw the words on paper. I'm glad you're loving this. I'm enjoying the journey!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on May 05, 2014:

Another home run with this latest chapter in the series of Faith. I loved that the butterflies in Faith's stomach ended up coming to life. I can't imagine how cool that sight would be. I am in love with this spiritual series and can see that your being guided as you write it. Your friend Linda

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 30, 2014:

Oh, Crafty - chills are good when you're reading or watching a good movie! I'm so glad you've been snared by this story!

CraftytotheCore on April 30, 2014:

Ok, now I have chills going up my arms. I can't wait to read the next chapter. You write so well, I feel like I'm actually there.

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

Pearl, I didn't intend for Lily to be anything more than a whimsical bystander in this story. However, we know how cats are, they speak up when they feel they have something to say. I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of Lily's effects on the situations that arise in the girls' lives.

I'm glad you enjoyed the video. It gave me a creative answer to my query that seemed befitting of this chapter.

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on April 29, 2014:

Everything seems to be intertwined--and I'm thinking Lily is the key? Love the way you are deepening the mystery but unveiling little snippets here and there--very clever, my friend.

The music video was charming as it portrayed the spirits of Nature that are all around us all the time. Lovely and compelling. Voted Way Up ;) Pearl

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

Thank you, Mike. You're part of the audience, you know! I agree with you about my hub audience. Each and every one of them are awesome.

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

Thank you, Mike. You're part of the audience, you know! I agree with you about my hub audience. Each and every one of them are awesome.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 28, 2014:

The quality of your audience speaks volumes about your writing. You have all the fine points down fast and are spinning an interesting story.

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

Ironic how it's all connected, huh Maria? Even more connections are soon to come. Thanx for the votes!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on April 27, 2014:

This installment is layered in delightful detail and mystical magic... the connection between the house and the ring is intriguing, dear Sha.

I am always thrilled to see a new chapter of your book! Great job...

Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

Anna Haven from Scotland on April 27, 2014:

Thank you... as do you :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

Wow, Anna. I love your last line. I'm going to write that on a sticky note and put it in front of my face. You rock, girl!

Anna Haven from Scotland on April 27, 2014:

Hi Bravewarrior

I am really enjoying reading it and I am nothing if not real. :) I definitely felt a new edge in your dialogue and so I had to tell you.

I love how you crave learning and progression with your craft, as I feel exactly the same.

Without that thirsty spark, our phoenix would never rise. :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

Anna, I'm concentrating more on making the conversation between the girls no only real, but indicative of their personalities. I want my readers to know who's speaking without using "he said, she said". Faith and Sarah are telling this story. I'm giving them their respective voices. At least, that's my goal. Thank you for recognizing that. I'm learning as I go with this story. I can already see the areas that will need editing before I present it as a novel.

Thank you for your candid comment. That's what I'm looking for in running each chapter by the HP community. Thank you for being real.

Anna Haven from Scotland on April 27, 2014:

Hi Bravewarrior

I was glad to see another chapter had been published.

I think there was a shift in your language on this chapter it was even more natural than the previous ones! (the previous ones were very natural too but I just think you really nailed the dialogue in this one. It was very real and showed the shock and emotion of the girls. )

Great descriptive language as well.

I love this genre and you have created a lot of foreshadowing for the days yet to come... I await to find out...

Anna :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

Gail, your comment is so inspiring! It's the support of friends such as you that keep me moving forward in this genre. Faith and Sarah appreciate the love, too. Trust me on that.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on April 27, 2014:

Oh my, this episode was really intense and you had me on the edge of my seat waiting for what came next. Well done. Chilling, mysterious and fascinating!

Voted up across the board except for funny.

Sending Blessings, Hugs & Love,


prey from places you should hope we never meet on April 27, 2014:

Indeed my friend! PS-forgot to mention how much I enjoyed the photography and graphic elements integrated into the chapter, nicely done.

Happy Sunday!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

Hey, Kimberly! I'm so glad to see you here. I can't begin to tell you what your words of praise mean to me. I do hope you take the time to read the chapters leading up to this one. I'd love to hear what you have to say.

Enjoy your Sunday, my friend!

prey from places you should hope we never meet on April 27, 2014:

As an author, your talent grabs me and holds me. No an easy task for any writer, bravo! The book is intriguing with a wink that keeps you reading. Not an easy task for any writer. The content is so professionally detailed it leaves you adoring the author and the compilation of words has created a wonderful story, not an easy task to do. Can’t wait to get caught up and read on.....a task exciting to do, thank you, kimberly

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

Thank you, Bill. I don't know how long it'll take, but I will carry this through to the end. Then I'll embark upon the process you're currently going through. Thanks for taking time out on your Sunday to read this, my friend!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 27, 2014:

You raise some pretty interesting metaphysical questions with this one. The story is flowing well, and nice job with the dialogue. I'm enjoying the ride so far, Sha. Carry on dear friend.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on April 27, 2014:

I'm pretty sure he will!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

Randi, I'm taking a fiction writing course and am now consciously incorporating suggestions from my coach. I hope he recognizes that when I use this chapter in a homework assignment. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on April 27, 2014:

Another great one, Shauna! Truly enjoying this story and safely awaiting the next installment! You have gotten more and more descriptive as you've progressed. Way to go! Thank you for sharing! Up+++

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

Goodness, Faith. Your computer is quite temperamental, isn't it?

Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 27, 2014:

I am back now, and the share buttons are showing up. Just shared : ) It happens on my computer it seems. I have to scroll up and down several times and sometimes they will show up. Then sometimes I have to go back and click on the person's profile and come back to the hub. I went to comment on others and just came back and they all popped up now. I was able to share your other hub a bit ago no problem.


Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

Hey, Faith! I think it's important to put a part of yourself into the characters. For me it is, anyway. That way, even though they are fictional, the characters seem real and the reader can relate. I honestly know know if I'd be able to conjure them up any other way.

Share buttons are here now. Perhaps you came in shortly after I posted. Have a wonderful Sunday and good luck on that novel!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

Martie, I would love for The Gifts of Faith to become a movie. I have to finish the novel first! Thanx for your support. I'm glad you're enjoying this tale.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 27, 2014:

Rachael, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by during your vacation prep. Enjoy your break!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 27, 2014:

Hi Sha,

Another wonderfully written and creative chapter here! Your writing certainly takes one there with all of the emotion and physical pains being endured. I could feel those pains too.

I read in one of your comments that you like to incorporate part of yourself in characters when writing fiction. I do the same, and I think it comes alive for when we place ourselves in the place of our characters, we can better write exactly how we would feel and react and such. I write non-fiction, but when I have entered a creative writing challenge, no matter what the topic, even if it is not my genre of writing, I try to put myself into at least one character that I can relate too, to bring out something that is real, although fiction. I am working on a novel that is fiction too, where I have taken people in my real life, work and other scenarios and used their character traits to write their characters, as I have interacted with them in real life. It is so much fun to write creatively and that is how it works for me too. I am glad to know you do the same, as it makes the writing (at least to me) a lot better, and your writing is superb!

I am looking forward to the next chapter as you have the intrigue building and building.

Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing (Well, I don't see the share buttons at the moment, but I shall return!)

Blessings for a lovely Sunday

Martie Coetser from South Africa on April 27, 2014:

The rainbow-filled kitchen was brimming with butterflies frantically fluttering about, searching for a way out of the room.....

What an awesome imagination you have, Shauna! I think this series could be a fascinating movie :)

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on April 26, 2014:

I'm one of those Janey come lately's to your story. This story has been interested enough to go back to read the previous chapters. I love the butterflies photo you posted and the video was beautiful.

I will get to reading your other chapters when I get back settled at our vacation spot. We are leaving in 2 weeks, going East for 2 months. I'll keep in touch. :)

Voted up and shared.

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

Ghost, I have a smile on my face, thanks to you. I can't say much more than that, other than I love you and you know that!

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

DJ, I'm presenting each chapter to my Hub community as I write them and before I do several edits to culminate the final product into novel form. I'm also using each chapter in my homework assignments for a fiction writing course I'm taking.

I realize I have quite a bit of supernatural occurrences appearing in each chapter. I need to bring real life into the picture. I see that. This book is a work in progress. It started as a short story, but it has taken its own wings and is becoming a dream for me.

Comments and suggestions are what I'm looking for. That's why I'm posting each chapter on HP. I trust my friends and followers to be honest in their assessments/comments. I thank you for being honest.

Ghost32 on April 26, 2014:

Nicely done, Sha. Naturally (for me), I fixated not on the colorful (and painful) Butterfly Birth but on one very cool phrase, i.e. "...his squirming soul....". That's one of those bits of writing that inspire me to immediately think, "Whoa! Wish I'D written THAT!"

DJ Anderson on April 26, 2014:

Hello Sha,

I have had to cut back time spent on comments as it seems that the harder I work, the behinder I get. In other words, I seem to blink

and the day is gone. But, when I checked my mail, I was delighted

to see your recent installment.

You have a beautiful way of breathing life into a story. There are

possibilities at many different levels and you leave much open for

speculation. You are a creative writer who brings a touch of star dust

and a bit of imagination, but you continue to draw the reader in, time


Congratulation on this beautiful piece. I did listen to the audio, "Spirit Communication". I am familiar with these concepts. My Mother and I were able to tune into one another thoughts all through the years, including several years after she died. She was quite the prankster!

The recorded song was lovely, although I do not know the singer's work.

Your imagery was spot on. I loved the butterflies and rainbows!

If I had a word of advice it would be that the intervals were not so long between your installments. After you finish "The Gifts of Faith", you might want to write most of the next story and then dish it out, say once a week.

We are anxious to see where this story is going. Please don't make us wait so long.

All in all, this is a great write, and I truly enjoyed it.

Your friend,


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

Paula, you were gone for a while. I'll send you the links in a private email. You'll have a better understanding of where the story is now once you read the first ten chapters.

I love you, my friend. Thank you for your amazing comment!

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

Mom, as you know Aquamarine is my birthstone. I have put a lot of myself into the characters of this story. Doing so allows me to create and relate. I believe all fiction is based on truth and experience. Certainly, I haven't lived the phenomena Faith and Sarah are, but their personalities, the homestead, Lily and belief in the power of the soul are indicative of me and who I am.

I am just learning how to write fiction. I'm finding truth can be found in and is the foundation of a believable fiction story. I'm loving my journey. Perhaps when I finish my first fiction novel, I'll be able to separate myself. For now, I am an integral part of my characters and the lives they live.

Discovery is amazing!

Suzie from Carson City on April 26, 2014:

Sha??? I feel like I am, this very moment having a Spiritual experience.

Chapter 11? What the hell? Where has this series been? I have always followed you. I've not seen a single one of these in the thread nor even in my gadding about has one of the titles jumped out at me. You have to know that I'd have been reading every single story of your series! All this time of not seeing you pop up, I am thinking you are busily tapping away at your writing career elsewhere!

Now of course I must read the first TEN! I feel like an orphan that's been lost on a desert somewhere, away from civilization.

This is wonderful, intriguing and fluid. I loved it. You took me into that kitchen with those girls.....I felt the pains, heard the moans and felt the myriad of emotions throughout.....

This is a seriously fantastic work of art.......Thank you so much for sending me Chapter 11. I can hardly wait to get busy reading! UP++++.......Fabulous!

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

Flourish, stealing something that was meant for another can surely bring repercussions; whether in current life or life gone.

I'm pleased to hear that the spirit I have attached to Julie's ring is not far fetched. If I didn't believe that souls are powerful, this story would not be taking the turns it does.

Spirit speaks to me as I write my story. It (they) may not present itself (themselves) as it (they) does (do) to Faith and Sarah, but something outside myself is writing this story.

Maybe I'm a channel. Who knows? One day it will be revealed.

barbara cook on April 26, 2014:

I'm flummoxed for sure. Intriguing scenario. Why do you suppose the ring is aquamarine? Isn't that the March birthstone? Is it significant or just a pretty ring. I suspect it is important to the story.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 26, 2014:

I really like the connection of that ring, and it has inspired me to think more deeply about the subject, especially given Jackie's "Mind's Eye" hub earlier today, too. I think that objects from others long past can connect us in some way to them, if only psychologically. I have treasured objects that belonged to my own ancestors and my husband's, and I feel great kinship with those who previously owned them. On the flip side, in a move I had something that was of huge sentimental value to my great grandmother and grandmother (a complete vintage suit and shoes belonging to a relative who died as a toddler). Stealing that object has been unlucky for someone, that I know.

Keep up with your writing, Sha!

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

You're QuickDraw McGraw today, Meg! Thank you so much for being here.

I am so pleased I blew you away with this chapter. I really labored over it. I started it two weeks ago and just wasn't sure where to go with it. Then I spent two days the week of this post finalizing. I can't tell you how many times I edited it!

Good news is, during the editing process I came up with an idea for the next chapter. I can see how, why and truly appreciate the time it takes to bring a novel to life.

Thank you so much for your positive comment. I couldn't ask for anything better.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on April 26, 2014:

Amazing. I keep thinking you can't surprise me any more and then a new chapter comes along and I am blown away!!