For months I’d spend all afternoon – #fridayfiction

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For months I’d spend all afternoon – #fridayfiction

“Opie,” he said, “it’s time to start living again.”

Opie is what he used to call me. Nobody but Edward ever used that name, so I knew for sure it was him. Anyway, I would’ve recognized his voice no matter where it came from.

At first it was scary, hearing a voice from out of nowhere, but then I started listening. With Edward’s help I began remembering all the good things that happened right there in that room. All the dreams we had and the plans we’d made. It was sad that we didn’t have time enough to do all those things, but I still had memories of the fun we’d had just planning. That’s more than some people ever get.

That same day I put a new bulb in the lamp, changed the sheets and plumped the pillows. It felt like I was getting rid of the death in the room and making a place for good memories to settle in. And in time that’s what happened.

For months I’d spend all afternoon sitting up there, waiting to hear Edward’s voice again. I never did hear it as clear as I did that day, but I could always sense he was there, still looking after me.

The following spring I moved all my things up to the loft and started renting out the downstairs bedrooms.

It was about a year or so later when I learned I could hold things in my hand and bring back memories of Edward; then I discovered he wasn’t the only one who’d left sweet memories behind.

The day I found the Bible that belonged to Livonia Lannigan, I knew there’d be more. Unlike people, memories don’t die. They latch onto something and wait for a new person to come along and claim them.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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