Summoning the Magic of Stories

He wanted to deny it. He no longer could. She was ill. Canceled meetings. Delays in returning calls. Weariness in her voice when she finally did. He was praying with new urgency. Prayer might not improve her health, but it was his heartsong. His way of keeping faith. He’d learned it from her.

His eyes rebelled against the harsh sunlight. Heat shimmered from the road ahead. Even with the air-conditioning on full blast, it still felt oppressive. It’ll be better in the mountains, he thought. A flood of memories was a welcome distraction. He recalled his first trip up this road. How miserable he felt then. She’d helped him find a way out of his private hell. Now he understood that spirit is the real life flow. In ...

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