Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part XVII

(Click here to read Parts I - XVI)
 
Although nothing more had been heard from Levi after their last encounter with him, Jill still felt uncomfortable in the cellar and usually sent Seth down to get anything she wanted from there. 
 
One day Seth had gone to a cattle auction and Jill needed some of the fruit she had canned so that she could make a pie for the church dinner.  Flipping on the switch to the single light bulb, she scurried down the stairs and quickly grabbed two jars of peaches. 
 
As she turned to head back up the stairs she saw a shadow move across the back wall, then the light bulb shattered, and in the darkness she heard a sinister laugh; Jill screamed and ran toward the stairs.
Just then a large glowing orb of light came sailing down the stairs, moving between her and the dark shadow, and manifesting into the form of none other than Hezekiah.
 
Jill stood paralyzed with fear as Hezekiah called out Levi from the shadows and confronted him, his voice roaring with fury, "I threw you out once and you dared to return!"
 
(To be continued) 
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30 comments:

  1. Josie, I'm wondering if you will publish this as a novel?? I see it as a best-selling hit!!

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    1. Thanks Bella! I'm not sure it's that good, but when I've finished the series, I'll work on it some and then maybe see what a few people think of it.

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  2. ^^^ what she said. This should be a book.

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    1. I'm not sure who would read it though, you guys are kind of a captive audience, LOL

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    1. Yup, a little excitement in the cellar! ;-)

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  4. I love this. I knew Hezekiah would be a comforting and protective force once he came to terms with his sadness. He will be Jill's champion as an effort to atone for his behavior with Catherine. Or am I reading too much into it?

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    1. You are very perceptive, Val, and reading it exactly right! Protecting Jill is Hezekiah's penance.

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  5. Thats one messed up family ... They can't even let it go after death... I would be running outta that house like my pants were on fire!

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    1. Hahaha! Something tells me you are not fond of ghosts! :-) It seems some of the former occupants are a bit unwilling to vacate!

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  6. You are an excellent storyteller!

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    1. Thank you, Mimi! That's how I see myself, as more of a storyteller than a writer. This is my first attempt at something of length, and I can honestly say it's a fun process to try to lay it out in such small pieces!

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    1. There does always seem to be something or someone afoot at the old farmhouse, doesn't there? I am hoping there will come a time when life will settle down to "normal", if that's possible! :-)

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  8. This just gets better and better! It's not a house I would wish to live in that's for sure!

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    1. Thank you, Keith! I think it would be hard to sleep well at night there, or to be home alone! But then again, Jill is never really alone there... is she?! :-)

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  9. how fundamental a scene of terror, the basement. And, it's always as you're trying to leave that the bad stuff starts, hardly ever on your way down the stairs. And, of course, there's always only one light bulb and it's always at the bottom, one step aways from the staircase.
    lol
    nice imagery

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    1. The classic scenario indeed, Clark! :-) This is why I don't like basements, they are dark and creepy and escape routes are limited!

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  10. Ohhhhh!!! There's gonna be a ghostly throw down!! Love that he came to protect her though.

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    1. That would be interesting to watch, don't you think? Though I'd prefer to observe from the top of the stairs instead of where Jill is at the moment! Hezekiah is wanting to make things right.

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    1. Thank you, Kristi! I am having fun writing it, though carrying a story along in six sentences, no matter how over-run they may be, is a challenge. :-)

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  12. Talk about holding onto the past!

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    1. Indeed, it seems that Levi doesn't quite know when it's time to leave the party! ;-)

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  13. Hezekiah, great Biblical name--good story too.

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  14. Oh, that's scary! Can' wait to read the next instalment.

    That's Purrfect

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    1. Thanks! This has been a really fun story to write, I'm glad you're enjoying it! :-)

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  15. Josie, you did very good with your six sentences. I have some fond memories of being on the steps of our storm cellar at school. My first grade girl friend there taught me the first lesson of the birds and the bees series. It was our hang out, we could close the door. Vaguely I seem to remember first kisses there also.
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    1. Thanks, Jim! What fun memories from the days of youth! Papa Bear and his friends had a "Girl Haters Club" when they were young, which fell apart when adolescence struck and girls didn't seem to have cooties anymore! The clubhouse was repurposed for more amorous adventures! :-)

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