Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part XIX


(Click here to read Parts I - XVIII)
 
Seth returned home to find Jill sitting on the cellar steps sobbing.  He sat down next to her and held her close while she told him what had transpired, and together they prayed for the departed souls of Hezekiah and Levi. 
 
As they climbed back up the stairs they heard someone tapping on the front door, and Seth opened it to find the local sheriff standing there soberly with his hat in his hand.  He had come to tell them that Uncle Jake had been found dead in his barn by a neighbor that morning; apparently he had suffered a heart attack while milking his cows.
 
What had already been an emotional day became harder as Jill and Seth began to make funeral arrangements for the uncle they loved dearly.  Jill noted sadly that Uncle Jake's death marked the passing of the last remaining former occupant of the old farmhouse, and now it was up to them to carry on.
 
 (While this episode concludes the story, there will be one final post, an epilogue, next week.)
 
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20 comments:

  1. Sad. Looking forward to the Epilogue.

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    1. A very rough day for Jill, better things to come.

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    1. Yes, that concludes the story, but there is an update in the epilogue next week.

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  3. Epilogue. Gonna have to pick out some really creative word to kick off your next story the week after next.

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    1. I don't think I'll get into another serial story until after the A-Z at least. This one was close to my heart and it will take some thought for a new direction.

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  4. Heartbreaking with so much loss but you told it so well.

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    1. Thank you, Elsie. It really couldn't be an upbeat piece following in the wake of last week.

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  5. With a death so close to the departure of two tormented souls, the emotional turmoil is sending chills up and down my arms. Coincidence? It makes me wonder. I feel, though, that the Epilogue will end the story on a positive note of love and closure.

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    1. The timing was certainly strange, Val. Maybe Uncle Jake was needed to escort Hezekiah and Levi home. He wasn't young, it was his time. You are probably right that the epilogue will have a more positive tone. I like life stories with happy endings. :-)

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  6. The elders are at rest, i'm sure things will go well for Jill and Seth now.

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    1. yes, Ma'am, I believe they finally are.

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  7. great symmetry, nothing, when you get down to it is not connected to everything else, (provided you have the time and imagination).
    There is, though sad, a satisfaction in closure that not only ends a tale, but ties the elements together in a way that allows the reader to come closer to appreciating life.
    great story.
    (I loves epilogues)

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    1. Thank you, Clark! I felt this was a good place and manner to close it, but the epilogue will give us an update. I love epilogues too. They answer the question of what happens after the story ended.

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  8. Sad, but it gives me a sense of closure and peace. Can't argue with that.

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    1. It seemed a suitable end, they can't go on finding ghosts forever!:-)

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  9. I have enjoyed this farmhouse. Looking forward to your next stories!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. It's been a fun first attempt at serial writing. I will probably begin another after the A-Z Challenge.

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  10. I would like to think 'they all lived happily ever after'. I wonder though. I eagerly await the epilogue.

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    1. I want to think that too, Keith. They have been through a lot in their first years at the Old Farm House.

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