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The Lives of Fairy Godmothers, Angels and Witches Catherine Dubois’ Odyssey to Enchantment

 

 

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Catherine Dubois’ Odyssey To Enchantment

By Bonnie Jennings

 

Within 150,000 words weaves a story involving an edgy woman who is either psychotic or is as the townsfolk believe eldritch. They, in Glory Town, a charming picture-perfect town, nestled in The Appalachians, call her a witch. For Cat Dubois, decades passed and she becomes more isolated from her accusers. Jealousy and scorn for a child who was fey with sapience, the  community of pretentious righteous, mocked her. The quaint town was not so “charming” after all and quickly ran sinners away. While alone for years, Cat began to see and hear voices. Visitors seldom came; however, her lonesome manor was haunted. However, little Cat prayed a prayer when only a child. That prayer was answered when she turned forty-five. An angel or fairy godmother named Eleanor came riding on the wind. Traveling with Eleanor was Tadhg, who was of the same order and virtue, and a little black dog named, Lovey.

“A scream was heard that summer day. A four-year-old little Catherine moaned into the mystical wind. She told the wind to find Thomas. Bellowing, into the breeze, her little heart begged, with vigorous might. The current carried her voice. It never ceased, until one day, “I heard it,” and that was when, Eleanor came riding in on the wind.” 

 

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My Little late JoJo as “Lovey”

 

 



 

 

The model in the photo is my daughter, the photographer was my son, and the digital artist is my dear friend Ky Mason. The picture has a copyright so I ask you, please don’t use it as it might be the cover of my novel … Thank you…  All Rights Reserved

 

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May you have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping in and reading 🌺

The Winner’s of The Poetry Contest Are 📢📢📢 A Drum Roll Please 🏆🏆🏆

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First of all~ I want to thank the three judges who graciously accepted this role. It has been tedious and also rewarding for each of us. Also I must mention, at this time, they still remain anonymous. 

As I said before, my role was the organizer, the sorter and the mailman. Blame me for the formatting… It just doesn’t want to do right…  🙂 

So without further delay…

 

 

IN FIRST PLACE …. Ta Da-Da-DAA !!! 



 

 

🏆 🥇 First Place Gold Winner Is …

 

All I Have to Give

By DL Mullan

I listen to the whispers of the wind

in hopes to catch the sound of you

my sorrow is all I have to give

because there is nothing I can do

I am not complete; I am not whole

what I would ask is for solace

to lighten the load of my soul

but I find no peace in this silence

I am breaking now into pieces

a fallen jig saw puzzle reordered into chaos

I fit. I place. I try and try to seize

a memory that will comfort me

All I have to give seems insufficient

to the weight of my terrible grief

maybe if your voice guided my hand

I could put myself back together again

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 🜛🥈 Silver Place Winner

 

~~~ ABOUT MY MUM ~~~

By, Charlotte Rains

 
 
I want to begin my story with just a simple line
 
To begin again to tell a tale of a different place and time
 
A time when I was just a lass with curls and a pretty dress
 
Bringing smiles and laughter too and a lot of happiness
 
I often sought to please my mum and have her sing a song
 
A happy tune with words I knew so I could sing along
 
I sought her often to tell me tales of back when she was small
 
But often got a fairy tale…but I enjoyed them all
 
She’d tuck me in with kisses and hugs after the tale was read
 
I’d call her back for one more hug before she went to bed
 
Once I asked about my da but it seemed to make her sad
 
I saw a tear fall from her eye and thought that I’d been bad
 
But then she hugged me extra tight and whispered in my ear
 
That everything she could ever want was in her arms right here
 
We smiled and laughed and I fell asleep knowing I was loved
 
And even now my children know she watches from above
 
  
 

 

 

 

There is a tie for The Bronze place.

The next two poems were recognized by two different judges and were their first place winners. 

 

 

 

 And The 𐂚 🥉Bronze Place medal goes to…

TWO POETS and they are…

Drum roll please…. !

 

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Written by Jelly Beer 
Books scattered on the sand, pages leafed through and tattered, possibly for research, an antique Smith-Corona left on the table maybe in haste by the author seeking inspiration from his surroundings to pen a longed-for best seller for himself and the masses.Writer’s block had reared its ugly head! Thoughts and ideas were dead inside him. He needed to breathe again and clear out the cobwebs clouding his brain.It’s happened before. He knew there’s one more book inside him. He was instinctive. He’ll find his way back to the table ~ and type!
 
 

And the second Bronze Winner is ….. 

 

 

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Catalyst  

by Gina Hirsch

 

I have come too close to the flames to ever want to miss out on the burn.

I’ve lingered so long next to the night, I hate when it is the days turn.

The day comes beckoning underneath  an angry sky. 

Clouds dance marvelously as the moon steps in to eclipse them all.

I miss the blue heat. The wind that slowly tries to snuff it out. 

I loved and longed beyond all hope to tempt it all back to my claim. 

A rushing rapture of love.

A course of venom from a lovers lips; who’s tongue is the only antidote. 

Who’s touch is my religion. Who’s arms and shoulders my only sanctuary.

But the day took over the night.

And passion and kisses and antidotes to hearts gilded wishes have all passed away.

All that is left here is old ghosts and former images that fail to fade.

Phantom shadows of the lover who never comes to stoke the flames. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Honorable Mentions are those poems that were the judges high ranking choices and they are as follows…

 

 

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Morning Jennie,
By Dwayne Leon Rankin

 
The Final Leaf of Autumn
I looked and saw the leaves had left
The trees, now fallen to the ground.
But for one, still hanging on.But then the winds all blew and blew,
Blowing all those leaves around.
That leaf then too was gone.

I looked outside and saw the trees
All empty of their autumn’s coat;
Bare now for winter’s day.

To sleep, to sleep those trees now go
That leaf, the last of autumn’s note.
No more its song to play.

 


 

 

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 The Loch of Lomond

By Vernon Woods

 

Oh to be by the loch of Lomond on the heather clad banks on a cold misty morning a grounded eagle does mew from her diminished view she will have to wait it out and then the thunder and lightening and then the cloud as is resonates its echoes like a tennis ball against the rocky top mountains now naked from there snowy gowns I hear the distant lowings’ of a herd of Angus down in a fen let out of their barn yet again churning up the mud disturbing a clucking hen who now seeks safety from a tractors exhaust pipe ohhh just to lie here on these beautiful heather clad banks feeling the pitter patter of the angels tears I tell you they are not on there own I weep too my sopping sleeve a victim to my many uncontrollable tears not out off sadness badness but out of sheer utter joy I gaze up at the mountains as the grey cloudy sea wash the tops of the mountain scape the late Robin halls a bleacher lassie of Kelvinhaugh is sung from an echo of the past the bard rabbi burns earns his keep in a time way back where widows clad in black did weep his voice booming through the mist telling a story of the stealing of the stane of clone from the mountain tops steep to the lochs deep your velvety voice is not alone I hear it all to well ahhh the mists do disappear ill take my leave to meet up with a party with a ghilly in charge to go in search for salmon ohh my to behold these fine colored tartans these are the folk who have clan connections but what of my attire with no clan connections to you and I it will be a wearing of the Caledonia ohhh to be by the banks of the loch Lomond


 

 

Also highly mentioned… 

Thank you Linda 💐

 

Epitaph

By Linda Long

“You’re killing me….”

Words I hung in the air,

a prophecy that resonates through sleepless nights

My heart said goodbye to itself

that chilling evening in early August

How sacred the secret treasure of a wife and mother,

how broken the memories,

how haunting the path not taken


 

 

The next poem is by my dear friend Karen Boorman

Walking down a long dark road
I have to decide which way to go
North south east or west
which way will suit me best
I have not much time i fear
for in my life the end draws near
I want to live the fullest I can
but which way to go..must I choose?

 

Thank you Karen this reads like Robert Frost 🌺

 

 

BIRTH

By Soul Gifts on WordPress ❤️

She moved.

She swayed in time to the cadence

and beat of the rhythms

drumming in her heart.

Innocence was hers.

As was beauty.

Timeless, eternal, infinite.

None dared question.

Absorbed as she was, she noticed nothing

but the internal symphony,

the music  that swayed

and moved her eternally.

The swell, the growth, the burgeoning,

bursting and erupting explosions convulsed

shook and shattered the firmaments asunder.

In her splendour she bathed

in the newness of birth.

A new day.

A new dawn.

A new beginning.

She smiled.

It was wondrous.

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Thank you Soul Gifts 🌹 

 

 

Thank you Soulece

By Soulece 💜

Stroke me my love
Let your nimble
Talented fingers
Play my body
Like a piano
Each caress
Igniting me
The instrument of your passion
Sending arpeggios of desire
Down my spine
Let us complete
This musical masterpiece
And write another tomorrow

 

Thank you Jason…

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Keep At It

By: Jason A. Watson 

Throughout life people experience both pain and suffering

Though getting through these things are pretty complicated

First you must learn to love and believe in yourself

Then, and only then, will you be able to numb the pain

This world is full of death and sorrowIt is filled with hate like no tomorrow

There still is hope for things to get better

Things are closer than they seem to appear

There’s really no need for fearGod wouldn’t put us into situations we can’t handle

This is why things always get betterAs long as you can try to remember

There is no reason to surrender

 

I loved this one Jason….❤️

 

 

 

Thank you, Jony 

♦️

With love,

 

By Jony Francissen 

 

“Today”

 
Today you are silent

with harsh unspoken words.

Your skin looks raw

and your eyes show no feelings.
Cold walls echoing promises,

Dust piled up on hope.

You promised me the sky

and turned it into a ceiling.


 

 

Thank you, Susan… Oh how I relate! 

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Memory

By Susan Burns 

I’m still in love with who I thought you were

The memory of that belief
is what’s causing the grief

I’m still in love with the you
I thought I knew
I despise the real you

I thought I’d found something rare
But you were just a player with flair

I will be okay
there will be a day
that false memory fades away

 

 


 

 Now my dear poetry friends these poems were HIGH ranking; however, they went over 22 lines and in the rules it stated no more than 22….  But they must be read by everyone because they too are phenomenal … 

 

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VOICE IN THE WIND

By Cris Fox (also a dear old friend🌹)

 

When the Wind begins to call you,

You will hear his voice and follow.

Listen and know, it’s  the song of you soul.

Friendship is the bread of angels,

Gifts of life meant to remind you

Which way to go, His love makes you whole.

The Father is calling, 

He’ll kept you from falling

Creation rejoices today.

The song He is singing

New life His bringing

Whispering Jesus the way

Home to His heart of love.

When the Wind begins to call you,

You will hear His voice and follow.

Listen and know, it’s the song of your soul.

Friendship is the bread of angels

Gifts of life meant to remind you

Which way to go, His love makes you whole.

This message descending

Of love never ending,

A river of Life from the Throne.

Grace that is waking,

You’ll Bend without breaking

With Jesus you’re never alone.

Enter His heart of love.

Beautiful Cris 🌹



  

By Anne Stockstill

 

Thinking of Me?

When you touched my hand

And your lips caressed mine,

Were you thinking of me?

When you danced holding me close,

Your breathe on my cheek

Whispering sweet nothings,

Were you thinking of me?

When the lights were low,

Soft, romantic music playing

As you lay close to me,

Where you thinking of me?

When we talked about travel

And made future plans,

Where you thinking of me?

When foreign shores beckoned you,

French wine, fine cuisine served on a terrace,

Overlooking the Eifel Tower and sparkling lights of Paris,

Were you thinking of her?

When you traveled to Rome, Istanbul and St Petersburg,

Changing the look of your face,

Drinking Russian vodka, long white nights,

Were you thinking of her?

Laying on white Dominican beaches,

Playing in the foaming surf,

Where your phone service never worked,

Were you thinking of her?

Did you look into her eyes and repeat unholy vows,

To love and cherish until death,

When the church bells tolled,

Did you really believe the lies you told,

As you married her while you were married to me?

 
 
The judges really loved yours as well….
I do to as I definitely have been in this place too… Married to more than one women at a time….  💜
 

 

 

 


  💛 And MOST Mentioned 💛

However ~ it is over 22 lines…. 

 

I AM SOMETHING MUCH MORE 

By @alostwriter

I am something much more

Than what you have in your mind

I am much more than a body

I am much more than a kiss

I am something much more than the breast and

all the rest

I have a heart ,

A mind,

A soul,

I am not just this body

These lips,

These curves,

I am much more than these

You keep rolling your eyes

Up and down

Seeking to get into

Inch by inch

Into my skin

Making me feel naked even

I have dozen of clothe on my body

still naked i m

I am something much more

Than this

I don’t need you

Your appreciation

You are also one of them

I am much more than

What you think,

Much more than

You can ever imagine

your thinking is limited to this

and I am something beyond this

I am something much more.

 

By- alostwriter(sy)you can find me @alostwriter

Thank you   ✍🏻

 

 


 
 

 

I want to thank all of you for your entries. It takes bravery to lay your heart out for the world to read. Well-done and congrats to all of you and our mystery judges too! 

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Please, just say HI! And, What is Your favorite Poetry for Mondays…Tues.. Wed…

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Hello!

If you should stop by to visit my site here on WordPress, I would love, love, love you, to please, say Hi, and will you please, please, please linger and boondoggle awhile?That means, shoot the breeze, as we say, in Southern United States. Thanks and hope to say howdy back at you real soon!

Come and sit a spell..
Come and sit a spell..

I love children’s poems. This is one of my favorites: Please, share one of your favorites. Over The River and Through The woods 

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandmother’s house we go;
the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.
Over the river, and through the wood,
to Grandmother’s house away!
We would not stop for doll or top,
for ’tis Thanksgiving Day.
Over the river, and through the wood—
oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose
as over the ground we go.
Over the river, and through the wood—
and straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,
it is so hard to wait!
Over the river, and through the wood—
When Grandmother sees us come,
She will say, “O, dear, the children are here,
bring a pie for everyone.”
Over the river, and through the wood—
now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

Leaving Adam By Bonnie Jennings

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Leaving Adam

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Eons advance and passed away.
Thought, theory, speculation and opinions, die.
Glancing through lenses, and squinting, at the sky,
Adam, pointing, at the twinkling specs, named the brilliant ballet.
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So, following mankind, up the mountain,
And ascending a rocky path; we embarked.
My feet followed his, upward, to where the sky was arched.
His staff pointed, and the heavens, then filled me, as a refreshing fountain.
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An advocate of The Father of Man, I desired what he sought,
Thus’ left the home of my family and upheld his zealous quest
Confidently, I abided and affirmed his every request.
Even, wore his belief’s; did just as he taught.
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One day, dared I asked, Adam, the man of science,
How is Eve today?
And, if looks could kill, then Eve is dead, thus’ left us only, to pray.
Deceased, she is. He answered, with a chill of neglectful defiance.
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Man of Science, I spoke so boldly.
At the mountain top; we stand
The stars, you named, and held, in your hand,
However, love you murdered, so coldly.
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This day, I choose the mother
Her love, which first found me
Within the warm and welcoming spirit, in there, dwells she.
 And, today, I accept non-other.
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So, progressing and moving towards her;
 Over, the cliff of doubt, rapidly grabbing her hem, I aim.
Because, after carefully, considering your treacherous, pains,
There, in her grace ~ I seek her, safe harbor
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I choose faith, that which, I cannot see. 
 
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The Man in Black

No eye contact
Dressed in black
A hat brimmed in leather
Small dark tie on white
A microphone aligned at his side
Face looked down and contemplated
Lips thin and about to say
Nose sharp and slightly chiseled
Long white fingers adorned
A smoldering red apple
‘‘Twas a genie above the fruit
The man was eloquently designed
My mother once described the man
She warned of his vileness past
But, I stood admiring the image
Of the man dressed in black
Had I of listened to my mama
My future would not be so sad
I should have run as quick as I could
Away and never looked back
But this is the way life is
Ignoring advice from the wise
Perhaps my children will do
Different from my crazy life
And see the smoke arising
And the glares in his eyes
And say, “he’s the one mama warned us!
Turn around and run the other away!”
Stop the sins of the ancestors
And finish the hell of today

@2018 BoJenn

Picture from The Poets Haven

 

 

 

 

 

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The Angel Miniel

We ask Angel Miniel to induce love of humans and animals

Miniel so rare the majestic sights of you
That here you are when so needed
Spreading love to man and puppies
Blowing love orbs amongst the brethren

And was my wish granted to see your face
To see you in action all over the place
Is there something that I should do?
Oh my … I’ll watch, so please, give me clues

I won’t get in your way
I promise this to you
Kindly tell me what I am to do
You smile as if to say,
“Just ask me, for I’ll quicken the stay.”
She winked and then departed with glee
A lesson learned from Miniel ~ to me

@Bojenn 2018
Picture from A Poets Haven

https://bonniegjennings.blog/2018/01/21/13759/

 

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1950; Children, of Closet Punishment

1950; Children, Of Closet Punishment

This topic bewilders me. I am an adult now, but still remember the closet. And, 65 years have past.

When reading Stephen Kings novel about how to write, he mentions being locked in the closet when he was a child. My mind flipped back over my years and my closet punishments sat before all memories.

Wondering if children who experience extreme isolation and quietness are prone to developing (one side effect) of creativity, as well as, horror and terror.

Stephen King’s novel was a gift and I’m not a huge reading or watching his shows, fan. I read the book out of curiosity and because it was a gift, only to discover that he and I had experienced the punishment of being locked in a closet.

Now, Mr. Stephen King, I’m not a fan of yours because your stories scare the hell out of me. And perhaps we experienced different types of endings, or visualized different circumstances while in the closet. You saw huge monsters and I saw survival by quietness. However, we both used our minds and imagination to live, to exist, to adjust, to protect ourselves from our closet experience. For these reasons, I see why and how we became writers. You who are famous, wealthy and a wee bit older, but not much, are products of the 1950 punishment regime that a few mothers or babysitters used on their children.

Sharing this story is not easy for me, however, it has entrapped me for a lifetime. I need to come out of the closet now. I’m sixty-five. It’s time.

By BoJenn 2018

All rights reserved

Poem (part two of poem one on 12.29.17)

Part 2

Behind the singing blonde angel who fed me.

She pointed “that way” to the pathway set before the trees.

Yes beautiful and green this holding seems to be

I wearily took my hat before lingering.

A pink Dogwood appeared way in the distance.

But audibly there were no sounds and no resistance.

No birds, no spiders, no bugs, nor anything living,

Other than trees and greenery and grass and mossy stepping stones.

So my question was, “what’s going on here? Am I now living without any friends?”

What of this lesson set before me, oh God, I give up before I enter in.

For you have me on a path all alone in a beautiful jungle without a snake

And what shall I do without even a slew to give the questions that must be answered

And lingering for “how long” is beyond anything reasonable

But, if you want me to enter in, then shall I enter

The limbs bare of leaves and foliage

No laughter from children nor tears or crying

Silence and peaceful so it appears

But, lord, the clanging of voices are now gone, disappeared

All the ways that I thought were for the best

Now seem unimportant and somewhat depressed

The world of news, wars, fighting and human distress

Now are gone in this jungle of mistrust

Lord, how do I get out of here?

This isn’t a place for me to endure

Nice as it may seem to have such a place of demure

Thankful that I see before it’s too late

The best place for me to be

Is in this world of terrible whines and mess

And people who are hungry and angry for

Your place of silence without any bugs

To tell you that I enjoyed the quietness

Is a lie of utter intellectual defiance

And the place of peace and humanity

Is in the thickets and meandering trees

Holding a hand torn from the fight

Blessing a bird caught in the winters night

Saying I’m sorry for the things I’ve done

Hugging you until the sun is done

Singing a song until the moon sets

Holding an orphan that must be lost

Bringing home a cat or dog

Loving the lost without cause

Saying well done when the curtain sets

Not traveling a road lost of human threats

Please God hear my prayers prayers

Bless me and others beyond the stars

Bring us home to rest in love

And keep us from pathways of forlorn

Bring us to peace and love for each other

12.29.17

BoJenn

At The End of The Street

At The End of The Street

There before sits a doorway of changing

Should I pass through this exit or entrance

Appealing are the blues and dusted greens

Red bricks approach then a vague dusty mat

The hedge of multiple colors light and darks

Shadows of darkness and lines of dirty molds

Yet somehow it is statuesque and unassuming

Where once a warrior lived in a mysterious place

So familiar it resoundingly felt like a dream I had

The wetness a reminder of blood that was shed

The cobwebs naturally adorn the sides of wood

And a fair blonde woman will soon open the door

Wearing a beautiful smile she’ll invite me inside

And while singing tenderly explain where I’m at

She’ll feed me as a friend who compassionately is

Behind the turquoise doors waiting my arrival

To tell me about where the clocks gone haywire

And the craziest things about heaven on earth

And what the angels are up to amongst the dirt

And all will be well passing through

The mysterious blue door

At the end of the street

BoJenn

12:29:17

Is Catcher in the Rye an assassination trigger?

After watching the movie The Rebel In The Rye, it’s story and it’s messgae to writers is monumental. Or is it? Thank you for your blog as it has shed some added curiosity to my thoughts. Thank you

atomicpoet

Mark David Chapman

After Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon, he calmly opened up Catcher in the Rye and proceeded to read it — before being apprehended. John Hinckley, the man who attempted to kill Ronald Reagan, also was in possession of the book. It is also alleged Lee Harvey Oswald was quite fond of the book, though this is disputed.

Catcher in the Rye has sold 65 million copies. Of the millions who have enjoyed the book, perhaps three have become well-known assassins. Still, we should ask: is there any merit to the book being an assassination trigger?


How did famous assassins perceive Catcher in the Rye?

Of the three assassins, Mark David Chapman was the only one obsessed with it. Being a Christian, Chapman took offense to Lennon’s atheism. He saw John Lennon as a phony, because he saw God as real. By killing Lennon, Chapman hoped to save children…

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The Coming of Eleanor (chapter 10) by BoJenn

Cat Dubois Odyssey to Enchantment

By BoJenn (me)

*** This book is protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America. Any reproduction or other unauthorized use of the material or artwork herein

is prohibited without the express written permission of the author. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form

First Printing: December, 2017 PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA First Edition: July, 2017

ISBN # 978-0-9991150-3-9 ***

Enough of the necessary legal stuff…let me proceed with the synopsis and chapter 10 …

It is with pleasure that I share with you this part of my novel with you. Chapter 10 represents the changes that are good for Cat Dubois and she will meet her 3 supernatural friends having disbelief and suspicions. You see, although she, Cat, seems to be of higher-bred to some jealous individuals, and different to most of the legalistic population of Glory Town, where she resides since 5 years of age, she does have conflicting feelings about the do-gooders. She sees through their misguided thoughts about the very essence of God, but she never casts judgment, like the others do to her.

Labeling, bullying 1950’s type, harassment, abandonment, isolation and memories cause Cat Dubois to all but go insane. She makes friends with the devils, demons: “Sophia the Succubus, Fear, Control, Suicide, Self Loathing,” and other negative forces not worth mentioning. She makes friends due to extreme belittling and deliberate isolation.

In chapter 10, Cat is finally visited by 3 supernatural friends. Although she is not quick to accept their company, she does watch and hear intuitively some of the conversations the 3 have. Eleanor is the only supernatural spirit visible to Cat. It is because their often humorous behavior that makes Cat inquisitive. She thinks they’re bad, then good, bad then good and so forth. Cat has not learned trust of humans in her innocent wise ways. Scrutiny of any circumstances is inevitable for a woman who is orphaned, lonely, isolated, despairing, consuming alcohol nightly and doing what others also do in similar circumstances as hers. You may find yourself in her lifestyle and in her coping mechanisms.

The 3 supernatural friends are: Eleanor who is featured in the picture (that was purchased for this book)and is a sarcastic, very endearing, and is a super supernatural woman . Then there is a Scotsman and a golfer, so named Tadhg. He is our steadfast right hand man of Eleanors. Lastly and most loved is the black cockapoo dog, royally named “His Glove” but was so renamed by Cat to “Lovie.”

In this chapter Eleanor arrives in Glory Town the day before Thanksgiving. And this is where the fun begins.

If you made it through my introduction of this chapter, then thank you! I hope you will read chapter 10 and please let me know how it makes you feel… let me know if you see typos, or anything misspelled or something wrong!

Thank you all!

The Coming of Eleanor

Chapter 10

Back in Glory Town, all the final preparations by shoppers and tourists were going on without Cat. Most stood waiting nearby the church for the open-air production to commence, smiling at the eager costume-clad children running here and there, readying to play their roles of pilgrims and indians. Every one smiled, as they should, and some of the tourists were talking about having a Thanksgiving day meal, together, at the hotel. And, everyone, everywhere across town, was talking about the weather; it simply couldn’t be more perfect. It was slightly cool, and the sun tried to come out during much of the day, but the clouds were moving pretty fast, and most concluded that bad weather was on its way. It was the calm before the storm.

The men swapped their big fish stories and drank coffee, while the residents and tourists finished their shopping. Then, while they waited for the Thanksgiving play, several of the townsfolk gathered in small groups to share stories with the tourists, who marveled with envious desire to live in Glory Town. The charm of the place and the people was outstanding.

Of course, Cat Dubois wasn’t there. She was at home up off Downy Ridge Park Road. She had noticed the clouds, and decided to shut the windows she had cracked open to let in the cool, fresh air. She even weatherproofed under the doors with towels, thinking the time of year was just about right for a storm. Then, she chopped the vegetables that she would eat alone.

The wind started to blow gently at the manor and moved down the mountain. A few leftover leaves were falling outside and she could see them as they danced in the wind in the stand of trees that lined the road to town.

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The cardboard props of the children’s nativity set blew over with a gust. Then, a slight chill accompanied the next gusts. A little funnel of leaves began to twirl.

The children pointed in that direction. “Look, Daddy!” There, the leaves and wind had picked up speed—so much so, in short order, that many families began packing up their belongings and putting them in their cars. The storm was near.

A few of the old-timers lingered, drinking coffee or whiskey, leaning on the outside tables. The shop owners began shutting their awnings and closing down the open-air market booths, but the men who stood outside the one saloon in town were unbothered. After all, this was typical weather and a gust of wind or a little cold front wasn’t enough to interfere with a good drink. They were having more fun than usual, talking to each other and the tourists about Glory Town history, as they buttoned and zipped up their jackets and ordered another shot. Chattering with general excitement, as men often do after a few, they were quite unaware of much of anything else.

The wind had begun to really blow, and the little funnel of yellow, brown, and orange leaves the children had seen had now grown to a full, circular pattern in the park outside the church where they were now mid-performance. It was a miniature whirlwind; then, in the blink of an eye, it became larger. Another gust blew yet more leaves in the colorful circular pattern, so thick that it became impossible to see through the spiraling anomaly. Late fall was sure entering voraciously.

The vortex became so thick, and the cold in its wind sent chills to the bones of the people who had stayed in town, caught unprepared. As it grew bigger, an archway formed in the dark center of leaves spiralling together, closer and faster. The women began rushing about trying to get their husbands and children scurried to their cars to go home; they didn’t see a thing but the weather. But in the center of that wildly whipping windstorm of leaves was a portal—an entrance large enough for a stout woman to step through into this place called Glory Town.

Eleanor Harding walked boldly through the twirling, swirling leaves out of this portal between time, matter, wind and the material, gravitational earth. She had already made it out, blending into the crowd of people hustling to get to their cars, once the dust and leaves had settled. No one saw her

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form, or step from the fall dust devil, but she did, and all in one piece, though her clothes were slightly twisted and her hair was frazzled.

She was a stately woman in her late sixties, a bit round and dressed in a midi-length, green, turn- of-the-century velvet suit. “It’s always been good for traveling in,” she uttered to herself. She straightened her attire upon arrival, adjusting her black-leather patent pumps which sported a square emblem of a lion’s head on the buckle that adorned the toes. She fixed her hose, next, as they bagged over her knees, and with a flick of her index finger, she groomed herself for her presentation to the earthlings.

Gently moving her lace collar into perfect alignment for her fleshy neck, she produced a hand mirror from her tote bag, to check her face, and used her fingers to adjust her hair and make-up. Resetting her green, velvet pillbox cap, she fastidiously adjusted the quail feather adorning its side and straightened her stance to start her mission.

She looked toward the shops, and to where the men were still seated or standing outside the bar next to the grocery, drinks in hand and engrossed in their banter. Eleanor approached the idle men. She always tried to arrive at her destinations incognito, but, this time, her old British accent was sure to give away that she was very much out of her element. She asked her first question in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner. “Pardon me, I’m looking for a Ms. Elizabeth Catherine Dubois. Would you tell me where I might find her?” The men stared Eleanor as if she’d made a mistake. They stood there blinking their eyes, and, really, for a moment were speechless, except Jasper. Surely, this fine woman was not asking for Cat Dubois?

“Are you talking about a local witch, the Cat woman?” Jasper loudly spoke so that everyone would hear his clever description. He was pleased with himself.

Eleanor showed no emotion as she waited until they finished their drunken chatter. She stood there with both arms crossed and bracing her anterior chest, buxom as it was. The men laughed, thinking Jasper’s chiding slang for Cat Dubois was humorous, and the whiskey, of course, worked in favor of loosening their sarcasm. She looked away from their faces while rapidly tapping her right

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toe, making several tap-tap-taps on the wooden walkway. Her facial expressions would have been hint enough that she wasn’t pleased with their stupidity.

Jasper was the one to speak first again. His two cents began with a careful description of the Tudor manor belonging to the Dubois family, now diminished to just Cat, and a made a subtle pry at Eleanor’s motive for her visit. He was the most likely person to talk in Glory Town, whether right or wrong. Jasper told the town’s stories, old and new, to everyone. He was the unofficial spokesperson, though not delegated for any television reporting, which occurred almost without fail every holiday. In fact, the town council members made sure of his deliberate disappearance should the tourist schedule include any TV news features or media documentaries about Glory Town. His grammar was so atrocious that the few times he had taken the pleasure of telling his tales on public TV, or to any other advertising source before they could arrange otherwise, the whole town cringed with embarrassment. Jasper could make Glory Town look and sound Southern-ignorant, and that was a terrible humiliation to this fine Christian community.

But now, since this elderly woman approached him and the men, he was the perfect drunk to help, gladly promoting himself as the town’s friendly greeter. Jasper stepped up to Eleanor, stopping not too far from her face. She used her hand to fan away the smell of whiskey from his breath. “Cough, cough,” Eleanor moved her hand back and forth and turned her head with a soured face.

Jasper began to address the older, proper-looking woman, but bent further forward, having difficulty balancing his intoxicated body. “Hello, Madam…what did you say your name was?”

“If you would be polite enough to show me the way or give sober directions, then perhaps, you will know my name.” Eleanor was sharp and to the point. Putting up with this drunk was intolerable and disgusting. “If you are an example of the character of this town, then…” She held her tongue. Hastily she continued, “Please, just tell me the way to get there. There is no time to waste on foolishness.”

Jasper stepped up again and pointed to the northwestern hillside towards Cat’s home. Slurring his words, speaking through the side of his mouth, all the while his eyes out of focus, Jasper said, “A fer look o’er the hills, just on the first ridge, sitting in front of the tree line, look o’er yonder, o’er there,

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see the smoke rising eastward? It’s the Dubois family place. A manor or cottage, as I call it. It sits on that hill.” Jasper pointed towards the direction of the Dubois home. As he spoke again, he changed his tone. His voice became harsh and threatening as he continued, “If you want to find Miss Dubois, she stays there most of the year.” He glared at the old woman with an evil eye. Then, he hesitated a moment and softened his words, “In the spring, you can see her garden, just like her mother left it.” Sweet and condescending now, he demonstrated with his hands while delivering his directives.

Jasper spit as he talked and Eleanor couldn’t help but hope that his tobacco chew spit wouldn’t hit her in the face. She stopped the tobacco flying at her with a twitch of her index finger. “Repulsive,” she thought as her lip curled. “Silence, you spit when you talk!”

Jasper said, “Excuse me, ma’am. My apologize.” The other men chuckled, finding Jasper’s terrible lack of elocution and tobacco spitting hysterical, and began laughing and bullying him like naughty schoolboys. The weather added to their immature friskiness.

Jasper Jones continued speaking improper English and still spitting as he slurred. He said, “You won’t see ‘er in the winter, ‘less she comes to town. The roads up n’ down the ridge become all dangerful, so she stocks supplies on the good days.” He hesitated a minute, conjuring up his evil eyes again, trying to tell the old woman not to go up there if she knew what was good for her.

Eleanor listened with an eyebrow raised in dismay. “Really, Mister…what do you call yourself? Never mind. Your name is unimportant. Continue.”

Her gold eyes seen only by Jasper, hypnotically spiraled and caught his, which bugged out, on the spot, like he’d just seen a ghost. “This old woman is weird,” Jasper said to himself as he knew it now, and he wanted to know her intentions—not for Ms. Dubois—but for the sake of Glory Town. “Maybe this old woman is another witch?”, he thought, determined that it was his duty to find out anything he could.

The other men listened like sharks on blood. They had something to gossip about now, and any hints from this old women might add to their Cat Dubois stories.

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Jasper continued, warily, to describe the reclusive Ms Dubois, hoping for some hint as to what was wanted with her. “Winter’s are five long months, sometimes even six down here, but the rest of the seasons make up for it. May I ask, ma’am, what you want with Ms Dubois? She ain’t too friendly with the town folk, and I doubt she’d be friendly to a stranger.” He looked at her with a question mark almost plastered on his face.

Eleanor listened to the old disorderly man, looking slightly down her nose at his poorly constructed investigative questions. She said, “Thank you for your assistance. I appreciate the warning.” She sighed in exasperation at this creature. “Now, tell me about the roads? Are they drivable?”

Jasper paused. “It depends. How well do you drive, ma’am, and does she know you’re a-comin?”

Eleanor rolled her eyes at the intrusive, busybody question, rather liking playing the game. “Yes, please go on, Mr…?” She trailed off, meaningfully trying to unravel his dramatic attempts of warning her about Catherine Dubois.

“Jasper Jones, ma’am,” Jasper replied. “Like I said a’fore, Miss Dubois don’t like many folk, and she don’t like strangers neither. She keeps ‘ter herself the whole winter.” Once again, Jasper pointed in the direction of her home and glared at Eleanor, the warning in his eyes paralleling his next comment. “She’s odd, strange and unfriendly. You be careful, ma’am, folks say she’s a witch.”

Eleanor held his gaze, staring back. If looks could kill, this moron would choke right there and right then. Her eyes looked like cat’s eye marbles. Glass, hard, and mystic.

Old Jasper suddenly felt quiet and woozy. Eleanor mumbled to herself, “It’s not anyone’s business as to why I am here, and Mr. Busybody is far too curious for his own good.”

“A witch!”, she exclaimed. “Well, you don’t say! How delightful! Now, I can’t wait to meet her! Grand, grand grand! Thank you again, you’ve been most helpful. I hope you have a good day.”

She nodded goodbye and adjusted her windblown hat as she walked away. Eleanor left the men, snickering delightfully to herself at their ignorance. She had fun with them and would love to play

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with their minds in a grander way, but there was no time to spare; she had to be on her way. “Perhaps one day I might return just for the fun of toying with their minds, but—oh, never mind. They’re not worth the time or energy.”

Eleanor shook her head in dismay, approached the general store where Jasper had told her there was a rental car desk. The rental agent looked up. “Name, please?”

“Eleanor. Eleanor Harding.” Eleanor used a common name and title which no one would find too unusual.

“Well, Mrs. Harding, I don’t see a reservation for you. When did you make it?” The clerk looked at her, expressionless, to match his “I don’t give a damn” attitude.

“My secretary made it a month ago,” she said as she searched in her huge tote bag and found a confirmation letter and a fingernail file, extended the piece of paper to him, and said, “There you are.” She began filing her nails as she waited for the clerk.

“Sorry, no reservation.” The clerk closed the book and looked straight into her brown eyes. “Nope, you don’t have one.

“Oh, yes. Yes, there is; look again,” she said, not looking up from her manicuring.

Then, Eleanor leaned over the counter and opened his book to the day, November 26th. She pointed to the name on the list. “There. Right there.” She tapped her finger on her name clearly printed on the list. “It’s the only name on the list, I see—Mrs. Eleanor Harding.” She smiled big.

The clerk looked again. “Well, it wasn’t here a moment ago,” he muttered. “We’ve had no one on our list in months. We only have two automobiles, and they’re being used by the residents in this town right now. There isn’t anything else available.” He, again, closed the book.

“Mr. Smith,” Eleanor began, glancing at his name badge, “I assure you that my name has been on the list for a while, and I need transportation immediately. I do not care who has the cars; I reserved one of them for today; and you, sir, should have known this if you paid any attention at all to your job. Now, may I have the car?”

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Her eyes spun spirals into his that sent the unspoken message, “You’d better get me a car, right now, or else!” The hypnotic phenomenon of Eleanor’s eyes was a skill she had finely honed for many, many years. She could use her eyes in a swirling fashion making them seem as if they were a kaleidoscope, or turn them ‘round and ‘round like a barber pole. For the clerk, she used the barber pole movement of spiraling golds and browns. Her eyes were impossible to turn away from, if you were a mortal man.

So, the clerk spoke, changing his tune, “I’ll get you transportation. Can you wait a moment? I have to get the car cleaned up.” Mr. Smith jumped to action, surprised at himself, thinking, “I guess I have no choice.”

Eleanor stepped outside to wait on the sidewalk, being sure to stay away from the men still standing outside at the bar, who were still puzzling over her identity and connections with Cat Dubois. She stared up at the sky and took note that it was beginning to turn overcast and dreary. The clouds were building up in the eastern sky. The men in front of the store stood speechless as they gazed at her. They whispered between each other about the mysterious old woman.

Eleanor sighed, “Oh, what the heck…” She just simply had to show them a small lesson. “I have to,” Eleanor reasoned with herself, chuckling at the opportunity to have a wee bit of fun before the weather turned bad. With a circle of her hand, and a pointing of her finger in the direction of the men’s wives—the hornet’s nest—Eleanor knew just what to do. She had supernatural privy to the enemies’ territory, meaning the wives of Glory Town. She pointed, with deliberation, their way.

One of the wives emerged from the store looking at the men gathered there like she was the town’s sheepish-cute and very innocent, sexy saint. “What she really looks like is a well-dressed slut, in her black leather mini skirt with dark tights and burnt-orange, tightly-fitting, cashmere sweater,” thought Eleanor. “Tart.” Her body was perfect, trim and petite, and her long, chestnut silky hair hung over her shoulders and almost touched her waist.

She nodded, looking at Eleanor grimly. “Well, how do you do? Can I help you?” She said she had overheard Eleanor say that she was going to Cat Dubois’ house.

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Eleanor knew better. She had seen her listening just on the other side of the door to the store. “No. You may not help.” With a twirl of Eleanor’s little finger in a polite swirling manner, the woman’s face changed for a brief moment. For one flash second, the tart’s face looked like a mule with long ears and crooked, long, buck teeth. It was as if something had crawled under her facial structure and, for a split-second, she resembled a grinning donkey.

“Aw! What was that?”, the men gasped in unison.

“Now, what did you say, dear?” Eleanor turned, then, to answer the hussy.

The tart didn’t see anything but the reactions of the men who saw the donkey’s face. “What the hell are you men staring at?”, the woman demanded, angrily.”

“Nothing. Let’s call it a day, shall we?”, one of the men said, upon which they scattered. They weren’t certain what they had seen, and they didn’t dare speak, but, they’d all seen something and witnessed the old woman chuckling at them.

“Eleanor, what are you doing? You don’t have time for games!”, Tadhg spoke, supernaturally, to Eleanor.

“Just letting them know that Eleanor has arrived, Tadhg,” Eleanor responded.

“Not your job!”, Tadhg reminded Eleanor. “Stay focused.”

Eleanor looked around for a brief moment, to see who remained in view, and decided to return to the store to check on her rental car. She stood at the counter as Mr. Smith called for the nearest of his rental vehicles to the store, and the resident argued why he couldn’t give it up.

“It doesn’t matter, I have to have that Jeep now!”, Mr. Smith insisted. “If I don’t, this old woman is going to report me. Bring it now,” he muttered under his breath.

One of the men from the store, who had lingered out of curiosity about Eleanor, spoke up, addressing her, “The weather is going to change pretty soon, ma’am. We’re expecting snow and ice tonight. You’d better get to the hotel soon. It’s not gonna be safe on the roads if you’re traveling anywhere else.” He sounded concerned.

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Eleanor smiled, politely. “Thank you. I will be fine.”

The man nodded and watched her while she waited. He stood far enough away not to seem too obvious, but periodically glanced at her as she tapped her toes anxiously, standing in impatience, then walked around the store looking at things. The man asked if he could get her a cup of coffee while she waited.

“No. No, thank you,” she abruptly responded.

“Then, how about a cup of hot tea?” He brought it over to her as she stood there and insisted she take it. “Here. It will keep you warm. It’s getting cold, you probably could use it.”

“Well, alright; thank you. It would be warming.” She gave him a sweet smile.

He shyly asked, “May I ask you how you did that?”

Eleanor looked around to see if she could recall anything she’d moved or done. “Did what?”

“Oh, you know—the donkey’s face.” He chuckled. “I thought it was kind of funny. She deserves it,” he added with a chuckle. He had a warm smile.

Eleanor said, “What are you talking about? A donkey’s face?”

He giggled as he swept the floor to the store. Shaking his head “no” and still chuckling. Then he stopped sweeping and got really serious, “Then, who did if it wasn’t you?”

“Sir, whatever are you talking about? Are you okay? Are you on drugs?” She put the tea down. “I think I’m finished. Thank you.”

She arose to leave, as if perturbed with his questions. But, truly, Eleanor thought it was funny, as well. She sheepishly smiled to herself. “Eleanor, stop with the pride. You need to get going. The weather’s changing quickly.”

Tadhg scolded his friend—first, for not adhering to the rules of not tampering with human foolishness unless ordered from above; and second, for wasting time with petty behaviors. “Don’t let

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yourself get caught up in unfortunate human choices.”

A yellow Jeep pulled up in front of the general store, covered in generous layers of mud. Mr. Smith turned to Eleanor. “I’ll clean it up right now and you’ll have it in a minute or two. “ He winked apprehensively.

“Have you ever driven a four-wheel-drive Jeep? You’ll need to engage it if you’re going to Cat Dubois’ tonight.”

Eleanor realized she had said absolutely nothing of her plans to travel to Elizabeth Catherine Dubois’ tonight to Mr. Smith.

“It seems, Mr. Smith, that you must have spoken to one of the men who was loitering about outside. How quickly gossip travel around here.”

“Yes ma’am, we keep no secrets,” Mr. Smith said as he nodded, and his eyes raised in expression to say, “That’s the way it is, and if you don’t like it, leave,” and continued cleaned the windshield.

“I see that.” Sternly she rolled her eyes. He saw her look. She glared her own expression in return, “If looks could kill, then you’re dead.”

“It’s ready. Come here and let me show you how to drive it.” Mr. Smith held open the Jeep door and motioned for her to come closer.

Eleanor sat in the driver’s seat as he showed her how to work the four-wheel-drive option. “Like this?”, she asked, grinding the gears out of the space.

“Easy! You don’t have to strip the gears,” Mr. Smith tersely warned.

Eleanor drove him around the main street of Glory Town on a quick test run. By the time they circled the block, Mr. Smith couldn’t wait to get back to his office desk in the store. He got out at the front door with a final word, “Well, are you sure you can handle this vehicle, Mrs. …?” He paused.

Before he could recall her name, Eleanor butted in, “Which way to the hotel, Mr. Smith?”

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“I hope you have a reservation?”, Mr. Smith snappishly responded.

“Mr. Smith…where is the hotel, please?”, Eleanor insisted.

He pointed in the direction across the street. “Up two blocks on your right.”

Eleanor nodded in thanks and turned the steering wheel towards the quaint hotel. She revved the motor and peeled the Jeep out onto the road. The tires squealed as she pressed the gas peddle and the Jeep tore off. It was a good thing that no one else was on the road to see, or she’d have another piece of gossip circulating about Glory Town’s newest stranger.

Eleanor stopped in front of the hotel. She got out with only her tote that she threw over her shoulder, and she used her hip to shut the door.

In she walked, as if she owned the place. Up to the front desk without hesitation, she said boldly, “I’m Mrs. Eleanor Harding.” The hotel receptionist looked up. “Well, Mrs. Harding, are you certain you have a hotel room?” He cleared his throat and looked eye-to-eye with her, before looking down at his ledger. “You don’t have a reservation. It’s not in the book,” he said, confidently.

“Oh, yes. Yes, there it is.” She pointed to her name written in beautiful Old English cursive.

“Well, it may be written in this reservation book, but it’s not recorded in our computer reservations. I’m sorry; we simply don’t have a room available. Someone made a mistake.” He smiled smugly. He had seen her pull up, just out the Victorian double-doored entrance, and wanted to know how she managed to be driving the yellow Jeep that had been on almost permanent loan to a local for more than a year; and, now, how she had just happened to get her name assigned to the last room in the hotel on the handwritten roster. Plus, her upstart attitude usurped what little control this clerk had chance to exert. He said with the most affronting of protocol, “I’m curious, Mrs. Harding, if you have in your possession, a receipt of confirmation for this room?”

“Oh, this?” Eleanor reached into her tote and pulled out a booklet with receipts and notes, an address book and coupons, which fell everywhere. “By the way, call me Eleanor,” she delightfully smiled, like the cat who ate the canary, when she handed him her confirmation of itinerary.

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“Postmarked, mid-summer, earlier this year,” she said and muttered, “My, my,” waiting just a second before ordering, “Look again.”

“Well, you may have this confirmation, but, nevertheless, there isn’t a reservation, I assure you,” he declared using a sharp, dismissing tone. Your name is not listed in the computer, and all our rooms are occupied by tourists. Most everyone who visits here makes their reservations several years in advance.” He put down her paper reservation and started to come around the desk to escort her from the hotel.

She bent over the registration desk to look at his computer, “Wait just a second, there’s my name, right there on your screen,” Eleanor said, causing him to turn back. Sure enough, there it was, and couldn’t be denied.

“The wedding suite,” she noted, and it was then her turn to smile with the same kind of smirk he had issued. “There. All set now? Key, please.”

Just like the vehicle reservation, Eleanor’s name had magically appeared on the hotel roster and the computer.

Eleanor extended the open palm of her hand, “The key, please.”

The clerk slapped the key in her hand, grimacing. His nostrils were flaring with indignant subservience.

She already knew enough about these townsfolk, from her earlier observations—that they were riddled with forged gratuitous idiosyncrasies and braggart pretense. The expensive, oversized wedding suite—saved for celebrities, politicians and newlyweds who might, for whatever strange reason, pass through Glory Town—was the only room available, and it was nothing anyone would write home about.

Once situated in her room, Eleanor washed her face and freshened up for the ride ahead. Glancing out the window, she realized that the weather was quickly becoming an issue. She inspected the phone, realizing she would have to contact the fellow at the front desk, again, to place her phone call.

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There was no answer. “Hmmph,” she snorted as she grabbed her tote and headed back downstairs to the lobby.

She thought on her way down in the elevator, “No time for small thinking. There’s work that must be completed that cannot wait another moment. I have been delayed for years. Not one more second shall prevent us from our majesty’s service. We are here because there were many little battles that had to be fought and won before we could get here. We had to wait for the domino effect. But, now we are here; and we will advance this war and win, once and forever.

Eleanor thought further, “I would have come sooner, if I could have. But, as seems, far too often in these modern times, bureaucracy stymies everything of importance.” She was ready to meet Catherine Dubois, and it wouldn’t be much longer.

She addressed the front desk clerk as if they hadn’t met. “Excuse me, I am Eleanor Harding from Room 112, I would like a phone number, please.” The clerk angrily pointed her to a smug-looking concierge sitting just a few feet from the registration counter. The concierge looked her over, then nodded to man standing near the entrance to the back office of the hotel. He had visited with some of the men who had witnessed the donkey face earlier that afternoon, as they had stopped in on their way home to tell some of their friends on the hotel staff about the weird woman visitor. The concierge winked to tell him it had to be her. “Watch this!”, he lipped to his friend.

“Which number would you like, Mrs. Harding?”, the concierge inquired.

“The number for Miss Elizabeth Catherine Dubois, please,” Eleanor requested.

There was a deliberate silence upon her request, but Eleanor had almost expected the concierge’s disapproval, so his answer would come as no surprise; and it would remove any further doubt about the townsfolk’s vehement dislike of Catherine Dubois.

The concierge cleared his throat, just like “Mr. Busybody”, Jasper Jones, from the general store. “I see. Miss Dubois is not listed. She must not have a phone.”

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“Oh, how odd,” Eleanor said. “Then could you give me directions to her home? I will have to go, unannounced.”

“Mrs. Harding, the weather is poor and will continue to worsen. There will be fog and possibly snow with ice. I suggest you wait until the weather improves,” the Concierge smirked. “It is just too dangerous,” he said, obviously enjoying himself as he spoke to her, condescendingly, down his nose.

Eleanor decided to step up her English charm and play the quaint old lady disguise. She spoke with a soft voice, such a sweet tone, “Why, thank you; I understand your concern, but I must see Miss Dubois immediately. And, I will be driving there one way or another.”

Eleanor could have been ruffled by the fact that several people were obviously now involved in, directly or indirectly, sabotaging her visit to Miss Dubois with bleak, controlling and unwelcoming advice; but Eleanor refrained from demonstrating her powers. She resolved to simple leave the hotel and not give a mighty show of who, exactly, was controlling whom.

The truth was she did not need a vehicle, nor a hotel room, but these were the plans and she would stick to them. Eleanor, with Tadhg’s help, decided entering Glory Town and going to Catherine Dubois’ house must seem normal and ordinary in every way possible, except for a few minor incidents like the whirlwind, or Eleanor’s unrestrained donkey face manifestation, or magic writing on reservation logs. So, Tadhg—who was very much accompanying Eleanor, but invisible and behind the scenes—reminded Eleanor to be on her very best behavior. She was carefully instructed before, and would continue to be throughout her stay, not to bring any attention to herself or to Catherine Dubois, in particular.

She was the perfect person for this mission, but Eleanor was not a personality who blended into normal everyday life. There was nothing about her that was mild, meek or timid; and she would not be made to look pale, weak, or subservient to any human. She was a grandmother’s great-great-great- grandmother of all grandmothers; she was a fairy godmother; she was an angel to some; but…she could not, and would not, be pushed, controlled, manipulated, or made to look like a fool to anyone. And, it wasn’t at all pride that gave her power; it was wisdom, experience, rank of command, and

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time. She had thousands of years of expertise within her.

Tadhg’s job was simply to be the constant voice to remind Eleanor of her manners—the human kind—and to guide her as she walked in fleshly form while in earth’s atmosphere.

Earth’s gravity made truth vague and ambiguous. It would be easy to get lost and pulled into human drama and conflict, which Eleanor was already persuaded to do by the ionic pulls.

“Eleanor, you must be human,” Tadhg once again reminded her.

She stood in front of this man, this concierge whose job it was to help, who was giving her absolutely no help.

“If you please, which roads, sir?” She looked at his name tag. “Mr. Morgan, is that your name? I must be on my way before it gets any worse outside,” Eleanor said. Thunder rolled and rumbled as she spoke, shaking the old hotel, once stately, now with fresh paint covering the cracks from ceiling to floor.

The glass paperweight on the counter rattled with the threatening, rolling booms. Eleanor swallowed after hearing the vibrations, thankful that her fright was unseen by Mr. Morgan. Even she was hesitant to journey during such weather, but she wouldn’t give any townsfolk any satisfaction in knowing that she had any reluctance. Instead, she persisted with insistence, knowing that the mission was a “go”; and nothing could stop the operation—not even the Devil himself would hinder this sortie. Delayed for all those years, not even a storm of catastrophic proportion could get in her way. Determination was painted on her face, and her expression said her demands would be fulfilled.

Eleanor rallied herself against nature’s resistance and smoothed her clothes once more. There was a large mirror off to the side of the reservation desk, and using sharp, precise movements, she straightened her hat. The curls beneath were tucked up into a bun, hidden under the small, olive- green velvet hat, the pheasant feather still adorning alongside her hair. She tried her best to ignore Mr. Morgan. She started whistling, and moved over to the main desk. Tapping her fingernails on the counter top, “Waiting, Mr. Morgan,” she said, becoming a nuisance.

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Mr. Morgan was finally drawing a map, after grabbing a piece of paper from the printer; and he slammed it on the counter, continuing to draw, snarling and grunting. He had no eye contact as she asked questions about a few places where she couldn’t make out what he’d drawn.

“Is that a right or left here? How far?”, Eleanor prodded.

Mr. Morgan addressed her sharply. First, he wanted no part of her insistence to drive up that mountain mid-storm—it was certainly an accident waiting to happen. Second, he hadn’t wanted to give her directions to the house of that troublesome hag, Cat Dubois. He used to throw rocks at her; and it bothered him to see Eleanor was set on seeing her. “What the hell? This woman is as crazy as that witch. Probably just like her, too,” he concluded.

“There are many twist and turns,” he muttered. “And, there are no lights to line the narrow, two- lane road. It’s really only big enough for one car at a time, if you know what I mean, Mrs. Harding?”

“Keep drawing. There is no time for your commentary, Mr. Morgan,” Eleanor said. For a moment, she saw him in a flashback, throwing rocks, in his younger years, at an old-fashioned manor.

Eleanor’s eyes narrowed and she gave him a look that said, “I know what you did. You can’t hide. Don’t even try.” Her eyes peered into his, but Mr. Morgan was trying his best not to look back at her. He knew what she knew. Even though he wouldn’t look at her, he felt her thoughts as clear as day. His hands had begun to tremble. Drawing spots on the paper, Mr. Morgan almost felt sorry for the old woman, knowing that she would not be persuaded to call off her late-night winter visit through the winding icy roads to see the town witch. He sneered, inwardly, at his feeble map, but he’d done the best he could under the circumstances. His warnings had been sufficient to stop her. Her choosing to go anyway—after his advice—would be her loss. “Ignorant old woman,” Mr. Morgan thought, darkly.

Eleanor nodded, politely. “Thank you, Mr. Morgan.” She turned to leave. “By the way, did your mother ever tell you, it’s not nice to throw stones?” She paused to watch as the concierge turned to look at himself in the large mirror.

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He ignored the comment. Then, a choking gasp came from Mr. Morgan. “What the hell?”, he yelled. His reflection, all at once, bore the image of a dirty old crone. His nose had an unsightly black mole, his eyes were sunken in and sallow skin hung low. He darted a glance at Eleanor, a sudden look of hate in his eyes as he loudly muttered, “Hag!” Then, he spat at her, as he glanced back into the mirror again, only to see his usual image. He stared for a moment, then leaned closer, examining his face.

“Perhaps he caught a look at his real self for the first time. Truly, he is an old crone,” Eleanor quipped to herself.

“Stop!” Tadhg’s voice registered clearly in her mind. “You know you must not tamper with these townsfolk; you will bring more attention to us and make it bad for Catherine. Stop! I’ll not remind you again!”

“Tadhg, who is the elder—you or me?” Eleanor reminded him of his rank.

“Earth is pulling on your emotions; you must trust me, Eleanor. You’re behavior is becoming like them. Now, you must follow what I tell you. Please?” Tadhg tried to cause her to remember the plan.

Eleanor stifled a giggle, well out of hearing range of Mr. Morgan. Her eyes and mouth turned up in a moment of sarcastic embellishment. “Oh come on now, Tadhg. Relax, lighten up a bit. It was only for a glance that he saw his real self. It did good…not harm, dear friend.”

“Come now. Time is crucial.” Tadhg pulled Eleanor gently, by the arm, from out of the hotel lobby toward the Jeep parked out front.

“It’s time, I made a proper English visit. That is what her mother and father wanted, and the rest of the Dubois family, as well.” Eleanor smiled to herself and headed out, leaving the hotel and Mr. Morgan, and the clerk, and whomever else in that hotel who had been watching her, behind. She was on a mission.

Focused at last, she looked at the Jeep, opened the door, and scooted inside, eagerly. “Oh, God, here we go,” she said to herself, putting the key in the ignition to turn it over. “Tadhg, are you here?”

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“Don’t worry, love,” Tadhg said, reassuringly. “I’m here. You’ll be fine, but you’ll have to listen when I tell you to shift down, got it?”

“Yes. I got it,” she said, putting faith in her old friend, Tadhg.

So Eleanor set off straightaway to the country home of Miss Elizabeth Catherine Dubois. It would soon be dusk and visibility would be nil if she did not hurry. The sky provoked her with the ominous rumbles of thunder and slashes of lightning across the sky, making her dread the drive.

“God is with me and my dear companion, Tadhg,” Eleanor reminded herself, and sighed as she pressed forward—courageously so.

“Boom! Crack! Rumble, rumble, slash!” The lightening lit the evening sky. Electricity and dark energy threatened Eleanor not to move any closer towards Catherine’s home. The clouds formed shapes of evil faces. Ominous shades of grays collided and developed into shaking fingers pointing at the Jeep that traveled onward to a dreaded destiny. Teeth, growls, fear and trepidation snarled from within the rumbles of the thunder. “We will fight,” the wicked entities echoed. “We are certain that no weapon formed against hell will prosper,” so the demons chanted from within the mansion. Outside and in, they all had knowledge that trouble was most definitely on it’s way.

Catherine suspected nothing. She poured another brandy and sat by the cozy fire with a book. She started to read Pilgrim’s Progress. It was one of her mother’s favorites during Thanksgiving. Her mother always read aloud, so Cat imitated her.

“Pilgrim’s Progress, Chapter 1,” she read. “‘As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a den, and laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back. I saw him open the book, and read therein; and as he read, he wept and trembled; and he cried out, “What shall I do?’”

Cat sighed and closed her eyes for a quiet moment remembering her mother.

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Dazzling Angel

Once upon a time walking the road

Stood stunned at the beauty grown before me

In one place entirely amazed looking at the tree utterly gazed

Was it the angel one has dreamt of

Was the tree a miracle of happenstance

Oh I know not as I remained afar

For I felt my divisibly would devour

The innocent young tree so white as a birth

And my hands grubby with underlying dirt

But just to see from afar

Would remember the purity of the innocent in reverence

Oh but not to be cast in doubt by flaws of the irrelevant

And I will behold the forest and its angelic visitor

Thank the heavens for the image within my perspective and benevolence

BoJenn 2017

Thank you A Poets Haven for the image

The Spiral Staircase

I opened a door where I stood

Looking down on a spiral staircase

The floors were wood laden with spiders

Mold on the walls going down down down

The door behind me closed and locked

Unable to twist the knob this way or that

There I stood and only oneway to descend

The floor creaked with my first step in a whim

Then I took another advance slowly moving

Holding the walls carefully carefully edging

With my hands holding tightly to the mildew

And thus breathing in and out, controlled

The air smelled of dank dewy dirty wood

My fingers blackened by mold and dust

The frail rail rested loosely and fell off the wall.

Where was I going? “I don’t know,” I said

But, there was no place to run amidst

Proceeding down the spiral stairs to where?

Praying the floor didn’t collapse beneath

Came to the bottom after three turns about

Stood to look around the stock and there I saw

A new world somewhere back in time long ago

And twas then facing a world somewhere else

This happened before and now I must go

Into the unknowing that is my new home

BoJenn 2015

The image, I’m not certain of its originator or artist

Thank you though

I wish that I knew your name

Quietly Passing

Chuckled, the muse of delight

A Pecan orchard had wandering paths

Lost in the myriad of thoughts on love

The Moon so full on that eve

Led to where a few longings be

Whilst Jasmine captured memories

Tumbling at night under the trees

Tangled auburn hair and yours’ black

Groped together there under stars

The horned owl watched in questioning shock

Embracing as one along time ago

The aroma of peaches tossed to and fro

Walked quietly, my bare feet met strath

The Jasmine asked, would I come back?

I don’t know, I replied, and that was that

The Pecan branches blew so soft

The Moon lit the meandering path

I wondered then what life might bring

Would I ever find this way again

Saying goodbye to the orchard at eighteen

Have not traveled that path joined with any hand

But, aromatic memories so fond still permeate

The memories of youthful passionate quests

BoJenn 2016

Do You Have A Message?

Hi… hello Little cardinal alone on the branch

Seemingly your eyes speak volumes that gently comes through

Watching you for another moment or for a little chance

Perched on the snowy limb as the white flakes evenly accrue

And for that very moment in tranquility and in a silent trance

Thinking there is no one as astute ~ as me and you

Is it that I know that you and I are happenstance

Though you are a bird and I a woman who is talking to

Sighing ~ there is no language only sight in this odd bechance

Then time halts and the cardinal fluffs feathers and away it solitarily flew

Bj

Thank you Alan Boles for the image from A Poets Haven

Dear John

To John

Is life a memory of a person or something

Thoughts about living and/or dying

Is a memory a path of the old

Or is it a child’s imagination so bold

I don’t really know

Though an idea to ponder

Again shall we enlighten

Oh.. perhaps we’ll up yonder

Oh.. I wonder

BJ

Invitation for The Dear John Show

🌟🌟🌟The times for the show are: 6:30pm UKEST New York region 1:30pmPST Washington region 10:30am CST Dallas Tx 12:30pm USA 🌟🌟🌟

invitation is sent to you and all to join us tomorrow, Sunday November 26, 2017 for http://www.thedearjohnshow.comWe will be discussing the writing of children’s stories and poetry. I will be a guest with John Kavanagh and so will Charlotte Rains and John may have surprise guests. Though, I’m not sure..The times are:The Uk 9:30 pmThe USA: EST 2:30 pmCST USA 12:30 pmPST USA 10:30 am🌟And for the rest of the world.. oh lord, you’ll need Einstein to figure out the time Hope to see you there! < em>http://www.thedearjohnshow.com/p>

The Dear John Show

Watch and listen on Sunday November 26th at 1:30pm cst USA on FB and John is in The UK and I in Texas in The USA.

The Dear John Show with John Kavenaugh will feature me and others.

Hoping that you will join us.

As soon as I have the link then I will upload it.

Go to

http://www.thedearjohnshow.com

Thank you for reading and sharing.

As You Wish 🌟poetry

Wishes are conscious desires of dreams

Hopes for better futures it seems

Everyday reminding God of prayer needs

Almost begging for relief and succeeds

Twirling the hair in hopes fulfilled

Twisting the paperclips until it’s rebuild

Movements not perceived by the soul

Noticed by others who often roll

Eyes that are aquatinted with cognitions

Knowledge of wishes for their missions

Wants so yearned are rendered until

Forgotten pleads lost within a will

Years past invoking the lost wish

One day occurs, just a swish

Thanking the Gods of the universe

Because now moved onto other immerse

Forgetting the desires of certain hopes

Have become minuscule in ones scopes

And the wish came through beyond

Years of wanting before, now gone

Living is filled with long hoping

Each day lends time for asking

And one day, after you dismissed

It maybe, just as you wished

BoJenn LLC 2017

Illustration by me

Escaping From Realities (poetry)

The image is from A Poets Haven and the poem is my creation

Dreams of fairy life, she dreamt

Images of strange flowers surely represent

Purple and green and gnarly looking parsley

Surrounded her sleep, felt somewhat harshly

The lighting beamed from tiny little houses

Danced mysteries about why she had no blouses

Perturbed inclination and frazzled mannerism

Caused her to snooze and conjure hypnotism

Casting away all and any chance of materialism

And resting quietly and peacefully in an environment

Unlike other puritanical euphemisms

BoJenn LLC 2017

Thank you Alan L Boles for your imagery

An Ashkenazi Woman (Poetry 2017)

She meandered from The Tribe of Judah

Yet, Ashkenazi Jewish woman, she was

The lamb of God led her upon steps

Following were three Mary’s praying

You shall enter the lands of The Magi

Listening to their teachings and skills

And blessing her as she departed the land

The lion kissed her brow saying

All will be well you shall see

Trust with your heart as you travel

And I have ordered your ways for understanding

She left the land so comfortable

To follow the stars in heaven

The Magi shows her the heavenly placement

And she thanks her father above

For all of His knowledge

Regarding all things living

BoJenn LLC 2017

Thank you Alan Boles at A Poets Haven for the image

A Witch in Her Forest (poetry)

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In solitude I find the way
My red cape covers dismay
The flowers are beautiful and appreciate the visit
Lingering upon the dank mossy carpet
Just quietness with butterflies flitting
All is well in my coven so forbidden
Please do not enter while I scry
The hexes will never happen
The interruption will forever matter
And in anxiety I will shatter
So thank you for your time
But rest, for in solitude –
The world in the forest is mine

BoJenn LLC 2017

Thank you Alan L Boles for the picture… I couldn’t find it to post my poem…