Asher’s Dream

Asher went to bed to take a nap.  It had been a strange few days.  He hoped he could sleep without the strange dreams.  He did.  Instead, he dreamed of Meggie.
They were sitting in their living room with books, like they had every Sunday afternoon of their life together.
“Asher,” said Meggie.
“Hmmm.”
“It’s ok.”
Asher looked up from his book.  “OK to do what, baby?”
“To move on.”  She looked back down to read.
He opened his eyes, alone in his single bed.  He closed his eyes again to fight back the tears.
He felt a hand brushing the hair from his forehead.  “Mr. McRae?” a soft voice said.
Opening his tear-filled eyes, he turned his head toward the voice.  Emeline Pigott smiled at him and disappeared.

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Destiny: Unraveled

Teaser for my Novel-In-Progress, Unexpected Refuge.

Rebekah let her hair down to let the summer sea breezes flow through it while Lee pushed her on the old swing.  She could feel his gentle touch lightly push her back each time she swung back.  Her skirt billowed with each push forward.  She loved this swing.  It always made her feel like flying

As the swing made its descent once more, Lee’s hands stopped her.  She didn’t look at him when he moved her hair and placed gentle kisses on her neck.

“What are you doing?”  she asked with a playful tone.  She did not stop his advances.

“I love you, Rebekah,” his voice was raspy with desire.  As he slid his hands around her waist, she felt his blonde hair on her cheek.

Rebekah shot up and away from him.  “You will just have to catch me to prove it,” and with that, she ran to the old live oak tree.  The limbs were almost to the ground, giving easy access.

As she climbed, she felt a familiar hand on her ankle.  She turned to him to protest but met him face to face as he pounced upon her, holding on the the large limb.

“Tease me, will you?”  He put his lips to hers and kissed her urgently.

Lost in his embrace, she was startled to hear Isaac and pushed Lee out of the tree with a thump.  She jumped down and went to the family servant who was waiting by the swing.

“Your mother and father are looking for you,” Isaac’s words held no emotion.

“Is everything alright?” she asked with concern.

Isaac swung his arm gracefully toward the house gesturing her to go ahead of him.  Rebekah ran away, leaving Lee in the garden, little knowing she would not see him again for a very long time.

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Danger: Unknown

Night was falling and Niall situated himself against the log in the lean-to. Next to him was his rifle, a couple of books and a bag of apples his mother had packed for him. Sitting on the damp ground, he thought of his mother crying when he left. There was no way he could have stayed in the house, as much as he loved his parents. When he returned from Scotland, she was elated to see him again. Now he left their home once more to wander the mountain, seeking healing from the wounds that covered his soul.

His father, David, reacted differently. The letter Niall’s parents received from his uncle explained that Niall had experienced some trouble and would be returning home. David grilled him with his grouchy manner, but Niall managed to keep his secret close to his chest. When Niall told his father he was leaving, David generously gave him a tract of land on the mountainside so Niall would always be at home. That was his father: grouchy then kind.

The freedom of the mountain forest was now his in which to live. He would roam in the day and retreat to some shelter at night.

Within a short distance, he heard the cry of a…baby? Investigating, he looked out of the shelter of his lean-to when he heard the growl of a mountain lion. Before he could reach his rifle, the cat was flying through the air to pounce on his prey – Niall. Then he heard a hissing noise and a “thwap”. The cougar hit the ground with a thump. Dead. Niall lifted his rifle aiming to shoot when he heard a familiar voice.

“Hol’ on there, Elliot.”

With his rifle raised, Niall walked around his lean-to and spotted Cramer Mitchell, a known mountain man. Niall lowered his gun and breathed a sigh of relief.

“What are ye doin’ out here?” Mitchell asked, holding a cross-bow in his hand.

“Existing,” Niall replied, catching his breath.

“Come on. Let’s us clean this creature ‘afore it attracts more.”

Despair: Unsettled

Rebekah soaked her blistered hands and feet in the cool water of the mountain stream. She hiked up her ragged skirt and rubbed her hands in the water between her ankles. She then lifted her wet hands and rubbed her neck. How did she get here?

Her parents were dead and the Andersons were kind to her after recovering her from the wreckage. However, things were changing. She had found herself enslaved to the whims of Mrs. Anderson and the source of leers from the woman’s husband. She found her own hygiene disgusting. She tried to bathe, but Mrs. Anderson jerked her away by her hair or Mr. Anderson openly watched while rubbing himself.

Rebekah knew that her 17th birthday was close; she just didn’t know the current date. Mimi would have baked a luscious chocolate cake and Mother would have brought her some fabric or yarn to make something luxurious. Father would have supplied something to use outside on her adventures into the swamp, creeks and rivers. Lee would whisk her away to walk through the garden and steal tender kisses.

If Lee only knew what had happened, he would rescue her. How could she let him know without the Andersons finding out? Nowhere they had been was conducive to finding a way home.

“What are you doing, Wench?” Mrs. Anderson startled her.

“I’m trying to rest.”

“Stupid girl. You’re not here to rest. Now get up and scrub my drawers!”

“White” by Ted Dekker

I have no idea how to describe this book.  It continues with the duel realities of Thomas Hunter.  In one reality it is an allegorical story of the courtship of Christ or Elyon and His Church or the Circle.   In the other reality, Thomas is trying to save the world from a deadly virus.  The best way I can describe both stories is this:  “No greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15:13

“Red”, By Ted Dekker

Book two of a trilogy.  Sin has entered Tom Hunter’s alternate world.  A dangerous virus has entered his other.  The only thing that separates the two worlds is Tom’s dream.  The answers to the problems in each world is in the other.

He’s defending the Forest people from the Desert Horde in one reality.  He’s a general and is facing what he believes to be betrayal within the forest.  This world is full of battles, rescues and a mysterious man named Justin of Southern formerly of Thomas’ guard.

He’s searching for Monique de Raison in the other reality.  She is the only one who could possibly have the anti-virus to the deadly virus plaguing the whole world.

The rescue is made however, Tom is met with a bullet.  Monique escapes and finds herself at the CDC frantically trying to develop an anti-virus.

Thomas is met with the identity of Justin of Southern but finds himself watching Justin’s execution…and resurrection.

Like Black, Red has a cliff hanging ending.  The story continues in White.

“Black” by Ted Dekker

Can you imagine knowing that in three weeks the whole world is going to die and no one will listen?  Can you imagine that the only way you know this is through your life in a dream?  In Black, Tom Hunter and his sister, Kara, are fighting time, authorities and a power-hungry man to save the world from a deadly virus.

After being grazed in the head by a bullet in Denver, Tom awakens in a world untouched by sin.  There he finds a people not separated from God and sin is trapped in its own space on the planet.  Tom finds out that this world came after all the people on earth died after an engineered virus was released airborne.

Tom fell asleep in that world and awakened back in his world.  When he falls asleep in one world, he awakens in the other.  Upon waking, the other world feels like the dream. He gathers information to use in each world to save them from death.

The book is fast paced and one can feel Tom’s and Kara’s panic as it moves.  Don’t expect to find a wrapped up conclusion at the end of the book.  The story continues in book two, Red, and book three, White.

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Up Next:  Red by Ted Dekker