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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 5) Thankful

“I do not believe a bed is made up for you to even sleep here.” Waiting for his response, Stephen’s great-aunt pulls brown gloves out of her hard-shelled purse and slips them onto her wrinkled hands.

“I should be fine here and sleep is not a problem; I took a nap shortly before the funeral and with the time difference, I will probably be up most of the night.” Stephen states as he takes her gloved hand in his. He is thankful for all she has done to make him feel comfortable in this unfamiliar place.

What she does not realize is that Stephen rarely sleeps, not all night anyway. He has been like this most of his life and even more so after his ninth year. The day of his grandfathers passing and the funeral that followed are the clearest memories Stephen has of his childhood. In fact, no matter how hard he tries he cannot shake them from his mind.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 4) Like Spotlights

Stephen nods in understanding then squints his eyes as he looks around at the brightness of the lamps that to him are glaring like spotlights. One after another, the men and women in the room shake his hand and give him hugs as they state how very sorry they are for the loss of his great-uncle. After their goodbyes, they go out the main door into the cold air of night. His great-aunt is the last to approach him.

“Are you sure you won’t come and stay the night at my house? I am only an hour away and it has been many years since you were here last. I know you must be tired from your long trip.” The elderly woman looks up at him lovingly.

She is smartly dressed in a long light blue coat with a matching scarf, which she has wrapped around her head and neck for warmth. It reminds him of attire worn sixty years in the past and being unsure of her age, he wonders if she purchased it new. Looking at her features, he feels she must be well over eighty if not even a few years over ninety.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 3) She Pushes

“Istvan!” Stephen’s great-aunt yells from the other end of the hall.

Her voice is shrill yet somehow pleasant as she uses his name of origin. This sudden announcement of his name startles Stephen and he knows she must have seen him jump, much like a little child would if caught doing something they were not suppose to. He hears her heading in his direction as he begins to turn around.

“Istvan,” she repeats again as she reaches out in a soft manner rubbing her hand up and down on his arm in a motherly way. “Oh no,” she says shaking her head back and forth. “Stephen, I must get used to calling you Stephen.” She grins.

“Why don’t you come back to the room, there is nothing down here for you.” With her right hand, she pushes him slightly on his back and they walk down the hall toward the group of people who are now putting on their coats and gloves. “Everyone is getting ready to go home and they want to say goodbye.” She mutters as she leaves him standing alone near the front door.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 2) Dare Not Look

Glancing around at the individuals assembled here, Stephen looks at the many faces he has never known and slowly steps away from the loud conversations. He finds himself alone in the long dark hall and his eyes fixed on the burning flame of the candle. Taking long deliberate steps, he gradually approaches the deep stained wooden table where the candle sits.

The heavy fragrance of roses fill the space around him invoking his memory once again as he dare not look into the room on the right. The gloom from its shadowy doorway seems to grow even darker the more he attempts to avoid turning in that direction. His hands begin to tremble as he stares at his reflection in the tainted glass and his spine becomes stiff as the adrenaline in his body begins to spike.

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Shadows Of Guta (Excerpt 1) Should Not Be

It should not be a happy occasion; death usually brings about the most heartbreaking feelings in people. Yet today, there is laughter and a sense of relief to the friends and family members gathered here. After what Stephen’s great-uncle had been through, everyone was overjoyed in hearing of his passing.

The walls of this small house look dreary compared to their once warm and inviting color. The single candle at the end of the hall is burning bright as its unwavering light reflects in the dusty tattered mirror. The discoloration of age on the glass gives it an eerie appearance as if someone had once tried to scrub the reflection from it.

Stephen Pap has only been to this small town in Hungary once before and under the same circumstances but at that time, he was a boy of only nine years of age. Fifteen years have now passed but to him, the memories of that visit still haunt his thoughts and nightmares.

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Shadows Of Guta ~ Overview

Stephen Pap has only been to this small town in Hungary once before and under the same circumstances. However, at the time, he was a boy of only nine years of age. Fifteen years have now passed but to him, the memory of that visit continues to haunt his thoughts and fuel his nightmares to this day.

Is there true validity to folklore and frightening tales passed down through the years by each generation? Might this simply be a tool to keep children in their beds at night? Stephen had never heard of stories like the one he has lived. Up until that one moment in time, he was happy and intrigued by life. Yet, in a single second, with one terrifying event, everything he ever knew became drastically tainted.

Has the darkness around us always concealed mysterious secrets we dare not question and if so, do we have any control of the natural outcome? If you could muster up a way to manipulate events in your favor, would it be worth it? Would you worry about the debris you may leave behind? Most importantly, for selfish deeds, would a curse be upon you and the generations who follow?

Stephen does not recall meeting Zsofia on that first visit when they were children. Yet, she appears to know everything about him, even current events. As they get to know one another, he realizes how calm and content he is in her presence. In fact, he knows his heart skipped a beat with the first touch. However, he finds himself worried that he may be subjecting her to danger, just for being near him.

How strong are the bonds of love and how distorted might they become when desire is the rule? Will Stephen be able to outrun what his ancestors before him set into motion? Or, is his fate and the fate of others sealed within the fear-provoking shadows slowly creeping in around them?

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 508) The End

Any doubts or reservations Lyla may have had are abandoned as she is held in the strength of Crispin’s arms. Both find themselves enveloped in more love and passion than either has ever known.

The warmth of Crispin’s lips near Lyla’s ear sends a fiery spark of energy through her body that he too feels in response. In a delicate loving manner, he softly speaks:

“May thou love me and as the sun follows its course, may thou follow me. As light to the eye, as bread to the hungry, as joy to the heart, may thy presence always be with me, oh one that I love.”

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 507) Devoted

Fixed on each other, Lyla and Crispin stand upon the long stone path, hand in hand, not doubting their love or questioning their sincerity. Lyla does not know how, but Crispin has brought her to this beautiful place. Smokey weaves in and out around their legs as she too feels at ease here.

The surroundings are a setting Lyla knows all too well from her dreams. It is a location she recognizes and is familiar with and at one time promoted fear within her. However, that feeling and lack of understanding no longer exists. She knows this is where they will spend the rest of their days together as companions, as lovers, and as builders of their own destiny. Oddly enough, she has a sense of contentment about her. It is as if she has indeed returned home.

With passion and delight, Crispin pulls Lyla to him as they hold each other in the radiance of the bright sunshine. This devoted connection between them is complete and what was to come to be, is now realized and fulfilled.

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The Eyes Of A Fetch (Excerpt 506) Just Believe

Standing in front of her, Crispin slowly spins Lyla around to face in the direction of the dwelling behind them. It is not the small cottage where they fell asleep, but a larger version of the same structural design and detail. Flowers spill out of window boxes and a nearby pool of clear water ripples from the constant flow of a low rambling waterfall. Large white rocks stand in the distance offering a bright contrast to the greenery that surrounds them.

“Welcome home, Lyla.” Crispin says as he stands beside her, holding her at the waist.

“This is still a dream, isn’t it?” She questions with doubt in her voice, then laughing as these words leave her lips, “I fell asleep on the bed and now I’m dreaming, right?”

“No,” Crispin grins as he shakes his head. “This is very real, Lyla.”

“But. . . ?” she starts to ask.

“No need to question it, just believe in it.” He replies as he takes both of her hands in his.

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