ANOTHER STORY TIME WITH THE INTROVERT: EXCERPT FROM SOUL SCENT

A scene from the second book in the Zackie Story series, SOUL SCENT…

“Can you tell me about the baby?”

Cam lifted a shoulder and then stared at the bottle in his hands. “Not much to tell, really. It was 1975 and I was working a job in Kings Worthy.” Glancing at me, he elaborated. “That’s in England. It’s a very old place. It was listed in the Domesday Book – you know, the survey taken in 1066?”

I bristled a little. “By William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest. I know. I was a history major, remember?”

Nodding, Cam took up the story again. “Anyway, I was busy trying to lay the ghost of a Victorian clergyman who had taken up residence in the old church. At the same time, there was an archaeological dig taking place in the churchyard. They were interested in the old Anglo-Saxon burials and they eventually unearthed the skeletal remains of a young woman.” He took another drink and affected nonchalance as he continued the story. “Lying between the long bones of her legs, they found the skull of a full-term infant, but the fetal leg bones were still clearly within her pelvic cavity.”

“A coffin birth?” My eyes went wide at this thought.

Cam nodded again. “It happens. A pregnant woman dies and is buried and because of pressure from the gases that build up during decomposition, the dead fetus is expelled from the equally dead mother.” Looking down at his hands again, Cam picked at the label on the bottle. “Anyway, shortly after this find, the cries of a baby could be heard coming from the graveyard. It so disturbed the archaeological team that no one wanted to dig anymore and the work came to a grinding halt.”

“And did it also disturb you? Cam, I can tell this is difficult to talk about.”

Cam rolled his eyes and exhaled deeply, his words were clipped. “Yes, right. It bothered me a great deal. The baby was an innocent and completely blameless, yet she was left to suffer horribly for centuries.”

“But wasn’t the mother with the baby? How did you finally help her to move on?”

“I went into the churchyard with Zackie late one night to find the baby. The mother was nowhere to be found, so I assume she crossed over shortly after her death.”

“She left the baby?” My mouth hung open, aghast at the thought of just taking off and leaving an infant. “She probably didn’t know the baby remained. In her time, the belief was that unbaptized infants went to Limbo, so in all likelihood, she died assuming that the baby would find its way and be taken care of.” Cam shrugged again. “Who knows? All I know is that earthbound souls of infants are a rarity, so most of the time, they move on with no difficulties. Something went wrong for this one.” Cam frowned as he stared into the middle distance for a beat. “But, you know, as soon as she saw Zackie, she quieted and stopped crying. Getting her to go through the portal was a breeze compared to the clergyman. I had to work another two weeks before the clergyman moved on.”

Copyright © 2017 by Reyna Favis

Photo credit: Daderot, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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ANOTHER STORY TIME WITH THE INTROVERT: EXCERPT FROM SOUL SCENT

Book review: Two Bluestockings on the SOUL SEARCH audiobook

Two Bluestockings is an amazing book review podcast. Three friends get together to talk about books. Two read (Aarika and Jayna a.k.a. The Two Bluestockings) and one does not (His name is Chad, and he calls himself: The Awkward Red Sock). Together, they drink wine and discuss psychology, symbolism, maddening endings, and the possibility of being crushed by their TBR piles.

These folks were kind enough to review the new audiobook for SOUL SEARCH. I received an email from Jayna just before the review went live and I’ll treasure these words forever. Below is an excerpt:

<< One of my favorite shows to watch is Britain’s Got Talent and its American version. There’s a moment in the show, when Simon is obviously bored with the mediocrity. Then, someone starts to sing. His head comes up, and his eyes say “This is it. This is what I was looking for.” Your book got that reaction from me.

I have been reading books for a long time. To the point that Aarika says I’m hard on everybody. Nobody gets five stars for fiction. Ever. Even my favorite authors. There’s always a minor detail or something that loses a star. You are the first five star fiction review that I have given for this podcast, and you absolutely deserve it. Your writing is phenomenal–to the point that I am sharing it with my friends and bringing it up in conversations. I can’t wait to read the rest of your work. >>

Please visit the Two Bluestockings site for the full review.

Book review: Two Bluestockings on the SOUL SEARCH audiobook