It's been a long time since I've participated in Friday Fiction. A lot of pain and sadness has come into my life and I stopped writing, but I'm back to start sharing once again. This week's Friday Fiction is hosted by Karlene.
This is a continuation of a story I started in December 2011. You can read the beginning here.
SEASONS OF MIRACLES
close to dinner time anyway. Aren't you hungry?”
shook his head. “Actually, I'm famished.”
laughed. “I'm glad. Tonight is Italian night.”
mom is a huge fan of TV cooking shows and tonight she's practicing
her culinary skills.”
will be. My mom's a great cook. Also, my dad's a deacon and he can
figure something out
regarding your living situation.”
switched off the light and they proceeded down the narrow corridor to
need to grab my things and we'll be on our way.”
waited outside in the hall for Joe to retrieve his things. The
pungent aroma of
cinnamon wafted through the air.
She was thankful Joe had accepted her invitation. Dinner
be the perfect opportunity to ask him to help with the children.
seize the moment.
stepped into his office and didn't bother to close the door. He
grabbed Pastor Fred's
sermon notes and stuffed them
into his leather briefcase. The aromatherapy candle was still
so he blew it out. The scent of cinnamon danced in the room. Lord,
thank you for all
have given me.
was deep in thought and didn't hear Joe.
You looked a million miles away.”
go. My mom doesn't like to wait.”
proceeded outside. Maddie locked the sanctuary doors and walked down
the steps with Joe. She
followed him to his
didn't see another vehicle when I pulled up earlier.”
only live a couple of blocks from the church.”
burnt orange sun was beginning to set in the evening sky. Crickets
chirped in the distance.
they sang. A cool breeze encircled Maddie and Joe.
you mind if we walk? Unless, you prefer to drive?”
I don't mind. It's a beautiful night for a walk.”
walked in silence to Maddie's house.
broke the silence between them.
I just wanted to say how much I appreciated your invitation.”
my pleasure Joe.”
had walked a few blocks when Maddie stopped in front of a magnificent
antique white Victorian was decorated with many faucets of Christmas.
Greenery hung everywhere and
huge red bows
decorated the windows and door.
a beautiful home.”
is where I live.”
laughed at her observation.
on, I'll introduce you to everyone.”
followed her through the gate and into the house. Like its outside
counterpart the inside
was heavily decorated with
Christmas greenery and huge red velvet bows. An eight foot
decorated Douglas fir stood proud
in corner. Melodic music sung through the house.
I'm home and I've brought the new pastor with me,”Maddie called
mom joined them in the foyer.
dear, why didn't you call?”
mom. I didn't...”
Pierce interrupted her daughter.
to our home Pastor...”
extended his hand.
took his hand and shook it vigorously.
Ann Pierce, but everyone around here calls me Mama Ann.”
to meet you Mama Ann.”
you two will excuse me I've got to go get cleaned up before dinner.”
course dear. I'll introduce Pastor Joe to everyone.”
made her way up the oak staircase and left Joe alone with her mother.