Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part XVI

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When Jill finished speaking, Hezekiah raised his head and looked at her intently, and then faded from view. 
 
Several people, Uncle Jake among them, felt that Hezekiah didn't deserve forgiveness for having been such a tyrant; but Jill believed in mercy and second chances, and she was hoping that her great-grandfather would realize he was no longer bound by the transgressions of his lifetime.
 
Hezekiah, however, knew that he had one thing left to make right before he departed, so he returned to his place of concealment in the attic and waited for the time when he would be needed.  He loved Jill as deeply as he had is wife Naomi and his daughter Catherine, and he wanted her to know that; he thought about a way to thank her for coming to take care of the farm, and for the respect she'd shown for those who came before her.  
 
When Jill awoke the following morning, she found an antique locket laying on a small bench in their bedroom.  She recognized it immediately as the one Naomi had worn in the portrait made of her and Hezekiah on their wedding day, and there was no doubt in her mind who had placed it there; smiling as she fastened it around her neck, Jill whispered "thank you".
 
(To be continued) 
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20 comments:

  1. I think if this were happening to me, I'd be split between thinking "how sweet" and "whoa that's too creepy." What I love most about this story is the thread that runs through it detailing how very connected we are to our past.

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    1. I agree, it is creepy in a way but I think Jill has already come to terms with her house being shared by previous occupants. I believe that we are very connected, many cultures emphasize that more than our own does, and I think that is a loss.

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  2. This is really beautiful. I feel it works well both as a standalone story and as part of a bigger story. It's very intriguing and even in this short piece, the characters are developed to a degree where I feel like I know them.

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    1. Thank you, Cara! I have designed it to be a series of little stories or "secrets" within the larger framework, it's much easier to write that way.

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    1. I have to agree that the thought of ghosts sharing my space, and visiting my bedroom is a bit unnerving, but we've had that happen here and it's been fine. What I've come to understand is that their perspective is different than ours, so it's not really so much like being a stalker... at least that's true of friendly spirits.

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  4. I am just loving this tale. Jill's loving kindness has brought out the best in everyone, including those from the other side. I think you are the kind of person who does that who does that in real life. Thinks the best of and brings out the best in others. Write on, my friend.

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    1. Wow, thank you, Val! I want the message of this story to be that love has the power to heal, it's a message I feel strongly about in my own life, and I'm glad that comes across at least a little. <3

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  5. What a love-filled chapter. The appearance of the locket could seem spooky - but it's not! Delightful.

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    1. Thank you, Keith! It really is all about love, Jill and Hezekiah have a familial bond and both truly care about the other. He wanted her to have a tangible gift from the family, one that would reassure her someday down the road that this wasn't all just in her imagination.

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  6. Everyone who is truly repentent should be forgiven.

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    1. Agreed, Mimi. What would be the point of even trying to change and improve our ways of doing things if we were sentenced for the first offence with no opportunity for salvation? The key is not only being repentant but then in doing differently in the future. If we continue to make the same "mistake" we are making a choice.

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  7. your skill is such to bring dead fictional characters to life! lol nicely done... and, even more impressive, showing us a person in such a way as to remind us of the good in people who might otherwise seem only bad.
    nice

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    1. Thank you, Clark! I enjoy having my characters move back and forth between the spirit world and this one, at least to the extent that they are able to interact. I don't think Hezekiah was truly a bad man, he was raised in a time of absolute authority, black and white, and "spare the rod and spoil the child". He probably truly believed that what he said and did was right. Only later did he see the error in that kind of thinking, there must also be compassion and forgiveness, real love doesn't mesh with condemnation. There is a reason he has not crossed over yet, he has some work to do.

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  8. I LOVE antique lockets...and I was pondering forgiveness yet again lately... Great continuing saga, Josie.

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    1. I love antique lockets too, I always want to know the story of who wore them, and what they held inside. Forgiveness, is one of the more difficult things to learn in life, but it is so very freeing when we do! Glad you like my story, I love writing it!

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  9. Just like what Lisa said. I'd wonder where that locket came from first, and then get all gushy inside. Very touching story. I hope it turns out well.

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    1. It would definitely come as startling to find something in your bedroom that you didn't put there, but I think Jill has come to accept such happenings as part of life at the old farmhouse. That locket, belonging to her great-grandmother, would be a treasure indeed! I am always hoping for a happy ending in life stories. :-)

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  10. So I was first so thrilled about the locket - how incredibly sweet of him!!! but then I thought, yeah but you would freak out if something like that actually happened to you!!! LOL But still it's a sweet gesture.

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    1. The thought of someone more or less invisible roaming about your house is a bit unsettling, but Jill and Seth are used to it by now, and Jill realizes that Hezekiah means her no harm. It was his home far longer than it's been hers. I would love a surprise gift, as long as I know who left it for me to find!

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