The Treasure Box: A Novel

By Penelope J. Stokes

Vita Kirk is a trip author who hasn't ever left her fatherland. in truth, she hardly ever leaves her apartment. as a result of deep wounds and sour losses, Vita has selected isolation over vulnerability. but if she stumbles throughout an old chest in a hole-in-the-wall boutique, she discovers a complicated hyperlink to her prior and her actual atmosphere mysteriously start to switch. Inscribed within the treasure chest are the phrases, "Love is the most important that unlocks each portal."

The energy of those phrases end up to free up part of Vita she proposal had died years ago.

"Stories like this move by way of many alternative names-fantasy, time-shift, magical realism. a few are openly Christian or non secular in nature, others aren't. yet from a religious viewpoint, the typical thread in these types of works is the redeeming, remodeling strength of God's grace not just to change the longer term yet to alter our realizing of the past."--Penelope Stokes

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Rachel may possibly scent the smell of rainy wool and grease and unwashed physique. She appeared as much as see faded greenish eyes peering down at her, like a toddler fowl peeking out from a nest of grizzled hair and grey wool scarf. “Let’s get you up, now,” the outdated beggar acknowledged, clasping Rachel lower than the armpits. She used to be strangely powerful for one so previous and looked as if it would haven't any difficulty aiding Rachel to her ft and helping her as they limped over to the broken-down streetcar. “Set your self correct there at the step, and leisure for a minute. capture your breath. ” Rachel obeyed, wincing on the throbbing ache. It had stopped snowing, however the sky was once growing to be darkish. What was once the outdated hag desiring to do? Rob her, probably, or worse? the lady held up a small leather-based swap handbag. “You dropped your pocketbook if you happen to ran off. ” Rachel jammed her arms into her wallet and got here up empty. She stared on the wrinkled face. “Why didn’t you simply hold it? ” “Don’t take what’s now not mine. ” She prolonged the handbag in Rachel’s path. “What humans throw out or supply freely, I take. just like the birds of the air and the lilies of the sector. i am getting by means of simply nice with no stealing. ” Reluctantly, Rachel permitted the swap handbag and slid it into her pocket. “Do you could have a reputation? “Everyone has a name,” the outdated girl responded. “Even these whose names are just identified to God. Mine’s Grace. ” “I’m Rachel. Rachel Woodlea. ” The rheumy previous eyes full of an inscrutable expression, just like popularity. “Pleased to make your acquaintance, Rachel Woodlea. How’s that ankle feeling? ” “It hurts,” Rachel admitted, “but I don’t imagine it’s damaged. ” “That’s a blessing, now isn’t it? ” Grace acquired to her toes and held out a hand. “We’d greater get a flow on. ” “Where are we going? ” The previous girl eyed the clouds. “It’ll be darkish quickly, with extra snow coming. You’re in no form to stroll at any place, and it’s not really there’ll be any cabs or streetcars working until eventually they get the streets cleared. greater come domestic with me for the evening. ” Rachel gazed at Grace’s outstretched hand and observed that her arms, sticking out from the cutoff mittens, have been gnarled and bony, the fingernails soiled and chipped. She puzzled idly what “home” will be like for a girl like this—a splintered packing crate in a depressing alley, a sheltered doorway, the damp and musty nook of an deserted warehouse? however it didn’t subject. She now not observed a crone, a hag, a derelict. This beggar was once now not a possibility. She used to be only a candy previous lady named Grace. 17 the place the realm ENDS Her brain fed on by means of the expanding discomfort in her correct ankle, Rachel paid little awareness to the place Grace was once taking her. She had sufficient to be aware of simply protecting her ft below her. It was once a sluggish and treacherous trip, one wobbling step at a time, yet after numerous turns alongside the shadowed streets and alleyways, they stopped in entrance of a mountainous pile of outdated wood packing crates. “Welcome to my humble abode,” Grace acknowledged with a cackling little laugh. Rachel stared at her. “What—I suggest, how—? ” “Watch. ” She positioned a hand to at least one of the crates and shifted it to at least one aspect, revealing a doorknob and a part of an outdated steel door.

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