Previously: Part 5 All chapters Part 6 Faith. The one thing I had always lacked. In people, in a God, in myself. I needed now to have faith in that which I had dismissed as my imagination, and ultimately all but forgotten. Faith in the very thing that haunted the first ten years of my […]

Previously: Part 4 All chapters Part 5 “There’s a storm coming, Jack!” I was brought back to wakefulness by a familiar voice and hand on my shoulder, shaking me hard. My eyes opened to the sight of black clouds rolling in. Father Michael stood over me, looking concerned. It was getting dark. “Father? What time […]

Previously: Part 3 All chapters Part 4 My heart stopped. Or at the very least it skipped a beat. “You mean…” “They are real, Jack,” the father nodded. He placed what was probably supposed to be a comforting hand on my shoulder, but I couldn’t feel it. I had gone numb. “And I am sorry […]

Previously: Part 2 All chapters Part 3 The cold hit me the second I walked through the doorway. Outside, beneath the summer sun and dressed in the mandatory black attire of funerals, I had been sweltering. Inside, however, it felt like midwinter. I was taken aback as well by the silence. Every minute I had […]

Previously: Part 1 All chapters Part 2 And then silence. I stood before the church, for the first time in my life, without the whispered voices. And for the first time ever I missed them. I had so many questions now that I had finally been able to understand what they were saying. The storm […]

Part 1 I had never felt comfortable in a church. Even as a young child I dreaded Sunday mornings and the weekly mass. But as the youngest in an otherwise devout Christian family, not yet ready to be left alone at home for two hours, I had no say in the matter. And so I […]