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Dark Lightning Episode 35

Dinner was served promptly at seven-thirty. The Hall’s mahogany table overflowed with Mrs. Mullen’s robust colonial fare: savory onion soup, roast quail and chestnuts with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, bowls of sautéed root vegetables dressed with truffle oil. On the sideboard, a lovely sweet potato pie with a bowl of freshly whipped cream stood [...]

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Dark Lightning Episode 34

Haven followed Ndulu out to the courtyard until the servant halted beside the well and whirled to face her. “Miss Sally, you must listen to me,” Ndulu whispered huskily, glancing at the house. “Your face tells me that you are curious about the storeroom. But I tell you, you must not go in there!” Haven’s [...]

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Dark Lightning Episode 33

As swiftly as she’d lost it, Abby’s mother squared her shoulders and regained her composure. “Now, if you please.” She pulled the desk chair out for Haven, then selected a fresh sheet of paper, laying it down with a flourish. “I’m sure you’re anxious to write to your father. To assure him you’ve arrived.” “Yes,” [...]

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Dark Lightning Episode 32

[So it just occurred to me that I totally screwed up the date(s) in my last post. I said I'd be back on Saturday, then listed Sunday's date (April 6th). Well, it's now Monday, and I'm finally getting to putting up the next episode. Sorry about the delay!] Upon returning to Hall Farm, Haven did [...]

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Dark Lightning on Temporary Break

Dark Lightning will be on a short break until Saturday, April 6th so that I can spend some quality time with my family for Spring Break. Check back here soon for the next episode.

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Dark Lightning Episode 31

“Enchanté, Miss Heckman,” said Colburn. He grabbed Haven’s hand and pressed his lips to her trembling fingers, then turned to William. “I am quite familiar with your family, my young friend. I was very sorry to learn of your mother’s most terrible and sudden death. Quelle tragique.” The smile on William’s cherub-like face evaporated. He [...]

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Dark Lightning Episode 30

From a bench in front of the Red Lyon Inn, Haven studied the colonials as they moved back and forth along the street. She was hoping to talk with someone about the driver of the black coach, but everyone seemed to be in a bit of a hurry. William ran around the courtyard happily chasing [...]

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Dark Lightning Episode 29

AFTER MEETING UP with Marquering and Mrs. Mullen outside the tailor’s shop, Haven offered to keep an eye on William while the older women took care of additional errands around town. “Hooray! Come on, Sally!” cheered William, and before his grandmother could protest, the little boy yanked Haven down the street by the hand. He [...]

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Dark Lightning Episode 28

As Andrew drove their wagon across the low-walled bridge built over Newtown Creek, Haven took in the spectacle of the old Pennsylvania town. It had totally changed from the way it looked a few days ago. Gone was the urban sprawl—gas stations, strip malls, fast food outlets—along with power wires and cement sidewalks. The constricted [...]

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Dark Lightning Episode 27

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA Monday, Columbus Day TEN SECONDS AFTER Adele Meadows climbed onto a wobbly kitchen chair to water a hanging fern, she got a phone call. The jangly ring of the old rotary-dial wall telephone shattered the quiet of her corner apartment, startling her. She cursed and flung out a hand to steady herself [...]

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