Friday, June 28, 2019

Daring Destiny ~ The Conclusion


“We love you,” said her mother.
“Trust your heart,” said her father.
They looked at each other, then smiled at her before each gave her a small tap on her shoulders.
Rainy felt herself falling from the sky. She screamed at the pain entered her body once more as Heaven faded from her grasp. Panic flooded through her body as she awaited the impact to Earth. Could she truly survive it? Or was she going to Hell?
“Trust your heart.” She heard her father say again.
Her heart was telling her to look out for Clover and Hoyte. To be the best friend she could be to Ned. To embrace her new, unconventional family she would have with them all. She turned her body to see where she was and was surprised to see she wasn’t falling at all. Instead her spirit was hovering over her body. The paramedics worked on her frantically as Clover cried her name and Hoyte stood over her body in disbelief.
She stepped back into her body as the paramedics shocked her with a defibrillator, the pain of the electricity and the gunshot wound screamed through her body, but Rainy opened her eyes.
“She’s back,” yelled a paramedic, “we need to get her to the hospital now!”



Chapter 17


Six weeks later

Rainy reached over and grabs the little bell on the nightstand. She gives it a ring and tries not to smile as Clover rushes into the bedroom and hurries by the bed.
“What do you need?” says Clover eager to help.
“Well, there’s a problem with my water. You see this is ice cold.”
“But you wanted a cup of ice water,” said Clover trying to hid the annoyance from her voice.
“Yes, but I didn’t want the water ice cold, just cold, but not luke warm.”
Clover narrowed her eyes. “How long do I have to remain your slave again?”
Rainy could no longer hide her smile and grabbed her sister into a hug. “The water is fine, I just wanted to see my little sister.”
“Your little sister is trying to do her homework,” said Clover.
Hoyte walked into the bedroom, his own smile wide. “Why are you still using the bell? The doctor said you should be getting things for yourself now.”
“And lose this lifestyle of luxury I’ve grown accustomed to?” Rainy teased.
Hoyte rolled his eyes. “Clover, Ned is here to help you with your homework.”
Clover shook her head in a disapproving manner at her sister. “I’ve never been so happy to do math homework. See what you’ve done, Rainy? You made me look forward to math. I hope you’re happy.”
They both laughed, before Clover pecked Rainy on the cheek and left the room to greet Ned.
“How are you feeling?” asked Hoyte after Clover was fully out of the room.
“Still a bit sore,” she admitted.
“The doctor said it would take a long while for all the bruising to heal completely, but you will make a full recovery.”
“That’s a shame,” said Rainy with a playful pout. “I was really getting used to this bell.”
He sat on the bed beside her and gave her a sexy smirk. “I bet I could come up with a list of things I wouldn’t mind being summoned to do.”
She rolled her eyes at him.
“Speaking of doing,” he said, his smile fading, “are you going back to work at Super Foods? You know I’ll take care of you.”
“I don’t want you to take care of me, Hoyte,” said Rainy, “my vision was clear, we are supposed to take care of each other. You, me, Ned, and Clover … this is our family. We all have a part to play and I don’t think my part is only to be pampered by you.”
He leaned in and kissed her gently. “Are you sure?”
“It does sound like a nice life, but yes I’m sure,” said Rainy. “I don’t think I’m going back to Super Foods though. I feel I’m meant to do more.”
“Would you consider coming back to the salon? You know there’s always a place for you there.”
Rainy reached over and grabbed her oracle cards off the nightstand. “Let’s see what the cards say.”
She crisscrossed her legs as she shuffled and then put three cards in front of her. She flipped the first one displaying a raven perched atop a large black dog. Death clearly marked on the bottom.
“I think we all know what that card means,” said Hoyte, “thankfully that is in the past.”
Rainy flipped the middle card.
“As for the present we have the card of fortune,” said Hoyte.
“But not just fortune,” said Rainy, “you see the treasure chest, but the hand in the background means that we should help others with our fortune. We should be giving with gifts.”
“Your gift?” Hoyte asked with a tilt of his head.
She shrugged and smiled as she flipped the third card depicting the future. Four silhouetted figures walked hand in hand into the heart-shaped sun with a label of “Family” at the bottom. The figure on the right was handing out bread, while the figure on the left was hold what looked to be a shining star. The two figures in the middle bore flower crowns of daisies and roses.
“So according to this spread, I should share my gift generously with others who are less fortunate. So I’ll come back to the salon, but I won’t charge people those crazy prices anymore and neither will you.”
“I’ve already told Merlin to cut all the prices in half,” said Hoyte with a wide smile. “Your brush with death made me see myself in a different life. It was as if my own life had passed before my eyes and I didn’t like what I saw. I want to change as much as I can of humanity for the better.”
“I like the sound of that,” said Rainy, she looked at the final card. “Now to the future, the family that sticks together will be happy.” She pointed to the daisy chain and then to the roses, “even though we will have to deal with a few thorns like everyone else. As long as we are generous with our resources and our souls we will all live happily ever after.”
“Is that so?” said Hoyte with a large smile right before he kissed her.
She kissed him back and leaned forward so she could wrap her arms around his neck. She broke briefly from the kiss and smiled. “It’s in the cards, and the cards don’t lie.”

The End

Look for The Witch of Apple Hill coming in September!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Daring Destiny ~ Part 52


Rainy felt relief flood her body knowing Clover had once again gotten away. She continued to struggle with the man, but prayed Clover would find Hoyte. The big guy grabbed her by the neck with his free hand, but she thrusted her knee up into his groin. The gun went off and Rainy felt the searing pain as the bullet ripped through her gut.


Chapter 16


Rainy caught a glimpse of Hoyte running toward her and barreling into the big guy as she fell to the ground. She tried to focus and find Clover in the chaos, but all she could see was a mess of officers running into that area of the warehouse. Everything was so unfocused, Rainy couldn’t be sure she wasn’t seeing doubles.
The pain in her gut soared through her body and causing her world to spin. She closed her eyes, trying to keep the nausea in check.
“We need a medic!”
She knew that was Hoyte’s voice without opening her eyes. She wanted to open them in order to reassure him that she was fine, but she couldn’t. It was as if they were too heavy to open.
“Rainy! No! No! Rainy open your eyes.”
This voice was her sister’s. She could tell her sister was crying, even feel the drops on her neck as Clover hugged her tight.
“Clover,” Rainy whispered, “don’t cry.”
“Rainy?”
She forced her eyes open and looked into her sister’s worried face. An equally worried looking Hoyte gazed at her from over Clover’s shoulder. Someone put an oxygen mask over Rainy’s nose and mouth, but she pulled it down.
Reaching up she stroked Clover’s hair. There was so much she wanted to say, but the words struggled to be found. “You’re going to be okay, Clover. You have Ned and Hoyte. Stay with them and they will keep you safe. Trust them. I know your life will be full. Let it be full. Please Clover, promise me to let it be full.”
“Stop talking like that,” ordered Hoyte. “You’re going to be fine. The medics are here. Thank God Ned didn’t listen to us and called the police not long after we left.”
He knelt and put the oxygen mask back on her as Clover let out a loud sob as she nodded. He cupped her face in his hands. “I love you Rainy Summerfield. You can’t die on me now, understand? We have so much future ahead of us. I’m not going to let you die. Not now that we’ve finally found our way back to each other. Don’t you dare die.”
She pulled the mask away from her face again and looked into the eyes of the man she never stopped loving. “It has always been you,” she said, “I have always loved you. I will never stop. Be there for Clover. We both know the cards don’t lie.”
Rainy released her last breath and let death take her as she stared into the eyes of her one true love.


Rainy opened her eyes knowing she wasn’t going to see Hoyte or her sister or be in the old warehouse, instead she found the faces of her parents smiling at her.
“Good morning,” said her father cheerfully, as if it were an ordinary day.
Rainy knew nothing would be ordinary any more.  She carefully sat up expecting to feel pain, but instead she felt nothing but peace, happiness, and light. She had no stress, no worries, and no ailments.
“Is this Heaven?” she asked.
“Not quite,” said her mother, “but there’s no need to worry. We are so proud of you sweetheart. You were so strong and courageous. You saved Clover’s life.”
“But I died,” said Rainy. She expected to feel sadness at the thought of leaving her sister, but it wasn’t there. Instead every wonderful moment she had had with her sister flowed through her mind making her feel okay with the situation.
“Yes,” said her father, “but they’re working on that down there as we speak. It’s not your time honey.”
Rainy shook her head. “The cards. They don’t lie. They said I was going to die and now I’m here with you.”
“And you have,” said her mother, “but you have to go back. It’ll be okay, we’ll watch over you.”
“Now you need to watch over Clover and Hoyte,” said her father. “They need you and you need them.”
“We love you,” said her mother.
“Trust your heart,” said her father.
They looked at each other, then smiled at her before each gave her a small tap on her shoulders.

Rainy felt herself falling from the sky. She screamed at the pain entered her body once more as Heaven faded from her grasp. Panic flooded through her body as she awaited the impact to Earth. Could she truly survive it? Or was she going to Hell?

Friday, June 21, 2019

Daring Destiny ~ Part 51


The big man sneered at Rainy. “I bet that psychic guy is your friend, too. Causing a distraction so you can free the little one?”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” said Rainy, trying to will her voice not to shake. She could hear the slight quiver, but she had never had a gun on her before, so it was better than falling to the ground in fear and blubbering.
“Oh you do,” said the big man. He pulled a walkie-talkie from his belt. Pressing the side button he spoke into it. “Kill the psychic. He’s trying to free the girl.”
“No,” shouted Rainy, fear dripping from her voice.
“Why not?” said the big man with a shrug. “You said you don’t know him. Why does it matter to you?”
Rainy wanted to say it was because she loved Hoyte. She always had and that hadn’t changed since she had left him. She had put up a wall in order to not feel those feelings, but the thought of Hoyte being shot, trying to help her and her sister, made her heart drop to her feet.
“Why would I want anyone to die?” asked Rainy.
“Oh no,” said the big man, “I know fear when I hear it. He means something to you, maybe he means a lot to you. He’s out there giving psychic readings like it’s a normal as apple pie. I don’t buy into that voodoo stuff.” He brought the walkie to his mouth again, giving Rainy a wicked smile. “Before you the kill the famous psychic, ask him if he saw it coming?”
The big guy laughed and Rainy’s head began to swim. She pushed back the dizziness and tried to stay focused, but her vision faded from the man in the warehouse to the big man begging for his own life. As the scene flashed in front of her eyes she started to speak.
“You’re going to die at the hands of the cartel. Your gang have been invading their territory and they are not happy. They’ll get to you after they kill all your men. I see you begging for your life, but they just laugh as they cut your throat. Your family will mourn, your wife, Cynthia, and your son, Matthew, will never be the same.”
“How did you know their names?” snapped the big guy. “What are you trying to pull?”
“Matthew will try and seek revenge, but he’ll die the same way you do. Cynthia won’t be able to handle the grief any longer. She will take her own life.”
“You stop talking,” ordered the man. “You shut up right now or I’ll shoot you right in the head.”
Rainy’s vision snapped back into focus. The big guy was obviously shaken. “It doesn’t have to end that way. Let us all go home, us to our family, you to yours. If you don’t get into the sex trafficking racket, the cartel will leave you alone.”
“How do you know all of this?” asked the big man. “Who do you work for?”
“No one,” said Rainy, “I’m a psychic and I can see the future. I’ve had visions all my life, but have always suppressed them. Not today, I’m telling you what I saw because you can change it. A simple act of kindness, letting us all go, will save your life … it will save Matthew and Cynthia’s lives as well.”
Rainy heard Clover scream and knew the other guard had caught up with her. The big guy still dazed from the messaged looked toward the direction of the scream. Rainy took her chance and ran at the big guy. She barreled into him with all her strength and scrambled for the gun.
“Fight, Clover! Fight!” she screamed as she wrestled with the big guy.
She could hear Clover let out a ferious cry as the other guard let out his own anguished cry, “My eye! You little sh … get back here!”
Rainy felt relief flood her body knowing Clover had once again gotten away. She continued to struggle with the man, but prayed Clover would find Hoyte. The big guy grabbed her by the neck with his free hand, but she thrusted her knee up into his groin. The gun went off and Rainy felt the searing pain as the bullet ripped through her gut.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Daring Destiny ~ Part 50


He closed the door and Rainy heard the distinct noise of the door being locked. She waited a few beats, making sure the man was gone, before she ran to her sister.
“Are you okay?” Rainy asked wrapping Clover in a hug after helping her off the floor.
Clover nodded, “Yes, but now we’re both locked in here.”
Rainy shook her head. “He might have locked this door, but the office next to this one doesn’t even have a door. We climb over the wall and escape through there.”
The girls hurried over to the faux wall that separated the two offices. “I’ll boost you up onto the file cabinet and then see if you can climb on over. I’ll use the rolling chair to get up after you go,” said Rainy.
Clover put her foot onto Rainy’s interlocked fingers and with a hoist from Rainy she managed to get on top of the large file cabinet.
“Can you get over?” asked Rainy.
Clover grabbed the top of the wall and pulled herself up as if she were climbing out of a swimming pool without a ladder. She swung one leg over and then another. Rainy let out a sigh of relief as her sister disappeared into the other office.
She grabbed the rolling chair and prayed it would stay put long enough for her to get on top of the file cabinet. Holding onto one of the drawer handles for balance she stepped on top of the chair. She felt it begin to roll and fought to keep her balance as she reached for the top of the file cabinet, in order to pull herself up.
“I’m telling you, something fishy is going on in here,” came a voice from outside.
“Clover hide,” Rainy whispered as loud as she could, hoping the person outside hadn’t heard her. She tried to hurry onto the file cabinet but the rolling chair slid back causing Rainy to fall to the floor. The door opened and the guard from before snarled at her.
“So you’re the ghost!”
“Clover run!” shouted Rainy, hoping her sister was long gone, but needing to say it anyway.
A man bigger than the guard stepped forward, his gun trained on Rainy. He looked at the guard Rainy had scared earlier. “Go find the other girl” He gave Rainy a sour smile. “So glad you could come, now I have two girls to sell.”
“I’m not going anywhere with you,” snapped Rainy.
The big man sneered at Rainy. “I bet that psychic guy is your friend, too. Causing a distraction so you can free the little one?”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” said Rainy, trying to will her voice not to shake. She could hear the slight quiver, but she had never had a gun on her before, so it was better than falling to the ground in fear and blubbering.
“Oh you do,” said the big man. He pulled a walkie-talkie from his belt. Pressing the side button he spoke into it. “Kill the psychic. He’s trying to free the girl.”

Friday, June 7, 2019

Daring Destiny ~ Part 49


Rainy quickened her pace as she reached a series of three offices setting together. The one in the middle caught her eye immediately, since it was the only one with a guard. Slowing her walk, she tiptoed over the guard, hoping he wouldn’t look up. As she did she bit back a gasp as she saw Clover sitting on the floor against a desk, her knees tucked up into her chin.
Relief flooded over Rainy as she studied her sister. Clover looked to be scared, but unharmed. Now she just had to get the guard away from the door and her sister out of harm’s way. The vision of Clover dead on the warehouse floor flashed in Rainy’s mind, but she pushed it to the side. Her sister wasn’t dying today, destiny be damned.
Rainy smiled as a plan started to form. The warehouse was big with lots of creaks and moans that accompanied most abandoned buildings one the waterfront, but Rainy new from experience that most people had very active imaginations, especially when it came to the paranormal.
She scurried into the dark corner of the cat walk and let out a soft moan. At first she wasn’t sure the guard had heard it, but Clover looked up and right into her direction. A smile caressed her lips as she saw her sister.
Rainy moaned again, a little louder.
“Guard!” Clover called. “Guard!”
The guard came in, a scowl on his face. “What?”
Rainy took the opportunity to hurry down the ladder to the main floor of the warehouse. Crouching low, she ran past the far office and then waited by the door for her chance.
“I think something’s in here.”
“Probably a rat,” said the guard. “Better get used to it, where you’re going there’s nothing but rats.”
“No,” cried Clover, “I think it’s a ghost. This office is haunted. I can feel it. There was a cold spot over there.”
Clover pointed to the window.
“It’s just a draft from the window.”
“Go, see for yourself!” cried Clover.
The guard rolled his eyes and walked to the window. With his back to the door, Rainy darted in and hide under the desk, just as Clover started to wail. “I hear footsteps!”
“There is no draft and you’re probably just hearing another guard.”
As Clover’s guard marched back toward the door, Rainy kicked the rolling desk chair making it roll and spin at the same time.
Clover screamed again. “It’s a ghost! It’s a ghost! I heard at school that four men died in here. That’s why they closed it down. After those men died, accidents kept happening. It’s haunted by those guys and one was a supervisor. What if this is his office?”
Rainy could barely see the man’s face through a crack in the metal desk. She wasn’t sure if Clover had been convincing, but the guard’s face had definitely turned a shade paler. Rainy banged her hands on the underside of the desk, causing it to jump.
The man let out his own scream. “That ain’t a rat!”
“Please, let me out of here,” cried Clover. “It’s the ghost. He doesn’t like us being in here. It’s his office. He wants us gone!”
Rainy made the desk jump again, causing the man to scream again.
“You,” stammered the man as he pointed at Clover, “you stay right here. I’m going to go get help.”
“You can’t keep me in here,” cried Clover, “not with the ghost.”
She ran towards the door and Rainy had to stifle her scream as the man pushed Clover back causing her to land hard on her bottom. “You’re not going anywhere. I’ll be right back with help.”
He closed the door and Rainy heard the distinct noise of the door being locked. She waited a few beats, making sure the man was gone, before she ran to her sister.
“Are you okay?” Rainy asked wrapping Clover in a hug after helping her off the floor.
Clover nodded, “Yes, but now we’re both locked in here.”
Rainy shook her head. “He might have locked this door, but the office next to this one doesn’t even have a door. We climb over the wall and escape through there.”

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Daring Destiny ~ Part 48


The guards pulled out their guns and pointed them at Hoyte. He held up his hands, but didn’t let his smile fade. “Whoa, I come in peace.”
Using a slight of hand trick, Rainy had seen him use many times, he produced a business card as if it came out of thin air. “I’m a psychic and a very well-known one if I do say so myself. My name is Hoyte Morgan, and I have a message for you all.”
The guards stared at him.
“Go ahead and take the card, then Google me. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.”
“Hey,” said one of the guys as he put his gun away, “didn’t I see you on Oprah?”
Hoyte gave a small bow. “You did.”
The man laughed. “Oh my god, this guy is great! I, mean really amazing. You guys, put your guns down, he’s the real deal.”
“He’s not supposed to be here, Ricky,” snarled another guard.
“He has a message for us,” retorted Ricky, “we don’t tell him where to be, the universe does, Carlos.”
“Tie him up,” ordered Carlos.
The other guards looked at one another, but didn’t move.
“What are you doing?” asked Carlos.
“I think I saw him on Oprah too,” said another guard.
“I’m pretty sure he had a special on one of the main networks,” said yet another guard. “I kind of want to hear what he has to say.”
“Come on, Carlos,” said Ricky, “we outnumber him and he’s just a psychic. If he tries anything stupid we can take him down easy enough.”
“Fine,” said Carlos putting his gun away, “tell us your message and then get out of here.”
“I wish it was that easy,” said Hoyte, “but I must read each of your palms to make sure the message I got from afar is the same one that lies in each of your fates. Please, gather around this table and let us begin. I can tell you are very busy men and I won’t keep you for long.”
As the men gather around the poker table to get their palms read by Hoyte, Rainy continued her search of the warehouse from her bird’s eye view. She was thankful the warehouse was nothing more than a large room with offices being nothing but partitioned walls without fake ceilings.
Carefully tiptoeing around the catwalk that encompassed the entire warehouse she hoped she’d be able to find Clover and silently get her out of there before Hoyte had finished giving the guards readings. He would know to be detailed, but not take too long so he could also make an escape. If he went to fast, they might catch Rainy looking for Clover, too slow and they might find Clover gone and blame Hoyte.
Rainy quickened her pace as she reached a series of three offices setting together. The one in the middle caught her eye immediately, since it was the only one with a guard. Slowing her walk, she tiptoed over the guard, hoping he wouldn’t look up. As she did she bit back a gasp as she saw Clover sitting on the floor against a desk, her knees tucked up into her chin.
Relief flooded over Rainy as she studied her sister. Clover looked to be scared, but unharmed. Now she just had to get the guard away from the door and her sister out of harm’s way. The vision of Clover dead on the warehouse floor flashed in Rainy’s mind, but she pushed it to the side. Her sister wasn’t dying today, destiny be damned.