When Annie wakes the next morning – Friday Fiction

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When Annie wakes the next morning – Friday Fiction

When Annie wakes the next morning it is drizzling rain, and for a few minutes she remains in bed. This is when she remembers the pocket watch beneath her pillow. She raises herself to a sitting position, reaches beneath the pillow and fishes the watch from its resting place. Covering the face of the watch is a thin layer of black soot, the residue of a fire. It wasn’t there last night, of that Annie is certain. For several minutes she remains there holding the watch in the palm of her hand . She vividly remembers the smell of smoke and the heat of fire. She can even recall the fear that gripped her heart.

Slowly Annie peels open these recollections and comes to the realization that she has moved past finding good memories in the things left behind. She is able to feel the bad memories as well.

When they sit down to breakfast, she shows Ophelia the watch and shares the story.

“I could feel the fire,” she says, “but I never saw the Wilbur you spoke of. It felt as though the thoughts were mine and someone I loved was in danger.” Annie stirs a spoonful of honey into her tea and then continues. “I’m sure that wasn’t Wilbur’s memory. I think it was the girl Caroline’s memory of him.”

Although she believes this is true, Annie can’t explain how she knows it. She knows only that there is more to the story, other events that came before and after. A feeling of apprehension settles in her heart. As much as she wants to find the missing pieces, she is frightened of what she might discover.

“Is it possible that a memory can come to life and happen again?”

When Annie asks this question, there is a quiver in her voice.

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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