A BELTANE GIFT
Beyond Time, Book 1
by Holly Barbo
Genre: Paranormal Short Story
Original Release Date: April 2016
Cover Designer: Darkmantle Designs
Publisher: Paper Gold Publishing
A paranormal short story set in Scotland, with cultural heritage at its heart.
Summer in Scotland, and Mari is working on an archaeological dig of a Viking burial ship during Beltane, a time of the year when the veil shrouding the spirit world thins.
What could possibly go wrong?
A Beltane Gift is a contemporary story with historical elements and a wee bit of the paranormal. It won first prize in the PGP Short Story Competition in August 2015. It is also available as part of the anthology Tendrils.
A Beltane Gift, Beyond Time: Book 1, is a story that begs for more. You can follow Mari as she searches for answers in A Bell for Valor. And watch for additional adventures in the Beyond Time series of Quick Reads.
A Quick Read book is a short story available as a single small book. In both ebook and paper format, it is a perfect small gift or for escaping to another place and reality when you only have a tiny block of spare time.
A wisp of a sound snatched her attention and she looked up, startled. The red fox stood just inside the circle of light cast from her fire. The source of the sound came from what it held in its jaws.
Standing, she moved toward the fox, anticipating it would run away. The fox allowed her two steps toward it, then slowly lowered its head and deposited a small animal on the ground before drifting back a few paces into the shadows.
It was a kitten of approximately two months of age, with long hair, bushy tail, ginger-colored thick fur around the head and large paws, but the rest was in shades of black and gray tiger stripes. It studied Mari with eerily intelligent heather-blue eyes. She approached the little animal and held out the back of her hand to be sniffed. In a quiet voice, she spoke to the fox. “Why do you have a kitten and why bring it here?”
A strange, almost atonal, voice came from the archeological dig. “Tha kitten is here ’cause I asked Ruadh ta bring it.”
She whirled, seeking the source of the voice.
It came again. “T’was ah good name an tha fox appreciates it.” Emerging from the shadows was the unsubstantial form of a Viking.
With wide eyes she watched… speechless.
“My greeting ta ye, Mari. Ye’re ah descendant…” The spirit chuckled, “Many times an hundreds o’ years removed, yet ye bear ah resemblance ta my beautiful Leda.”
Holly’s world is shaped by her love of family (which includes an adorable rescue kitty who has stolen her heart), the beauty of nature and an irrepressible curiosity that frequently has her turning over rocks and questioning what she finds. This sometimes sends the reader down a rabbit hole into an alternate view of the world than what they expected. Holly’s mind can be an interesting place.Her motto: Weaving Alternative Worlds with Threads From Today.
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Part of him wanted to run, though where to he didn’t know. He briefly considered hiding at Morgan’s house one street over. The instinct to run wasn’t a strong enough one, however, so he continued on towards the mob. He studied the faces before him, all angry, and noticed everyone on the street was here, everyone except one, who was conspicuous in her absence. He glanced over his shoulder at the imposing house expecting to see a flutter of curtain giving away Hilana’s position, but he was disappointed. Suspicion raised its ugly head, and he began to ponder on everything that had happened over the past week. Was it all minor occurrences, or was there something sinister at work, something involving the woman who had failed to gain his attention?
By now, he was in among the angry residents, and noticed Octavia, the current leader of the local coven. She was an extremely powerful witch, terrifyingly so, yet she was the kindest, sweetest person he had ever met, besides Morgan. With her was her young daughter, Siobahn, an adorable little girl who looked little like her mother, but instead got her fiery red hair and emerald green eyes from her Irish father, rest his soul. Octavia gave him an encouraging smile, while Siobahn serenely dipped her head in acknowledgement. It always unnerved him how she seemed so much older. There was a well of power behind those young eyes, deeper than any witch he’d ever met had possessed. She would either make a great leader, or a terrifying threat, when she came of age.
Even with that thought in mind, however, knowing he had the quiet support of these two witches, he felt calm as he approached the center of the gathered people. He didn’t know why they were gathered, but he knew he soon would.
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