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The Secret Nook – Chapter 21 (William and Mary)

Posted on October 31, 2018

It was somewhat as she had recalled, but a number of things were different.  New buildings had sprung up that still couldn’t compete with the historic beauty of William and Mary’s traditional structures.  Meadow located a parking spot, paid for a ticket from an automatic dispenser, and then locked the truck.  Les had been more than understanding when she had returned with news of all that had transpired in the western part of the state. “You’ll be needing some more time off,” he began, “and the truck is yours for as long as you need it.” In truth, he had agonized over the years about Meadow’s lack of opportunity.  He knew of her gift but had no idea how to prompt her in that direction. Now…

The Secret Nook – Chapter 20 (Free at Last)

Posted on October 28, 2018

The paper shook in Meadow’s trembling hands.  Kept inside an envelope, it looked as though it had been printed up just yesterday.  She read it once more, disbelieving. Eventually, she handed it over to Koay, who read it and then stared up in wonder. “Still think all this is merely fate?” She shook her head from side to side but dared not speak anything lest she lose control of her emotions. He perused it once more and handed it back.  “What is the second piece?” Meadow had forgotten it in the shock of the moment but now opened its page up as well.   Honey, So, here you go.  Soon you’ll be done high school and you’ll be on your way to a remarkable life in…

The Secret Nook – Chapter 19 (The Great Discovery)

Posted on October 26, 2018

  WILLIAM & MARY CHARTERED 1693     Meadow Hartley 31 Elm Ave. Clifton Forge, VA 24422 Ms. Hartley:   As the Dean of Admissions, it is a pleasure to inform you that a registered pre-paid admission plan has now been finalized and fully funded for the College of William and Mary’s Arts Degree program through the generosity of your parents, Jonathon and Shirley Hartley. As a pre-registrant, you are entitled to enroll in our college at any time of your choosing, providing sufficient notice is provided and that your previous education marks and conduct fulfill the high standards that the College of William and Mary has held to since its inception. Presently, you are slotted for the Art and Art History program, with…

The Secret Nook – Chapter 17 (Revelation)

Posted on October 23, 2018

They chose to lunch in town at a diner near the Inn, but the mood was sombre – its source being the sense of inability to move on just when she had arrived at the place in her life when she desired to head off in a new direction. “Well, there is one thing I gained that never would have happened if I hadn’t climbed into the Ford and driven here.” “And that is?” “Me,” she interjected with an attempt at a smile.  “I saw what I would become – or couldbecome if the fates were different.” He sipped his coffee, obviously thinking over what she had just said.  “I didn’t know you believed in fate.  When you were in my class all those…

“The Secret Nook – Chapter 16 (Defeated)”

Posted on October 21, 2018

Meadow had agreed to remain overnight on the studio couch, so that, if the urge struck her, all the tools for painting were within easy reach.  To her surprise, she woke up the next morning to the aroma of bacon and eggs and the appealing smell of coffee.  Her watch said it was almost eight o’clock – she had slept for ten straight hours without waking.  She knew she likely needed it because of how drained her emotions were the previous day. The question now was: what should she do?  Meadow knew that Les would give her the time she needed away from the restaurant; that wasn’t a problem.  But the door that had opened in her soul the previous day didn’t come with…