Rori Aideen O’Shay

Glad you could join us for the next feisty episode of Elliot’s Adventures. If you’re new here, you can catch up by returning to the beginning, and reading really fast…

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Photo credit: Steven Scott

“Rori Aideen O’Shay,” she corrected him, holding out her hand, “an’ I’m not ashamed ta say it.”

Bowing as deeply as his bandages would allow, Vernon took her hand and pressed his lips to it. “Now I know why your children are so beautiful.”

Fergus laughed. “Were ya thinkin’ I musta brought ya ta the wrong family?”

“I thank’ee kindly, Mr. Vernon,” Rori Aideen smiled as she wrapped Fergus’ arm around her shoulders and snuggled at his side, “but the finest qualities our children possess come from their fahther.” Her smile vanished in an instant and tears welled in her eyes. “I hope ye’ll forgive me rude behavior earlier, but I was so worried we’d lahst him…”

“An’ then so excited ta hear me voice that ya couldn’t wait till nightfall ta show me how grateful ya were I’d come back!”

Her cheeks blushing a deep rose, she smacked him on the arm. “Mr. O’Shay! Not in front o’ the little ones!”

But the little ones already knew, and fell into a heap of giggles.

~~~

Arturo hadn’t spoken since he’d announced they were going to make a stop up ahead. With only the burble of an unseen brook to listen to, Cassandra eventually stopped asking him where they were going, and followed at an uncomfortably swift pace. When he stopped suddenly, she bumped into him.

“Sorry,” she began, but he held up his hand to shush her.

“Do you hear that?”

Listening hard, she asked, “What? Is someone… singing?”

A plaintive melody drifted through the still heaviness of the forest green.

Arturo dashed down the bank with Cassandra right behind, to the very edge of the water.

“Sylvia!” Arturo cried.

To be continued. . .

Previously, on Elliot’s Adventures ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Next time . . .

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Author: Sue Ranscht

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14 thoughts on “Rori Aideen O’Shay”

    1. Thank you, Samantha. What a wonderful compliment! I have received some enthusiastic suggestions that I release it as an ebook, but I don’t know if I’d need to license the images. I’ve spent many hours hunting down the photographic credits that aren’t obvious, but only the five photographers I know have given me permission to use their work. Maybe licensing the rights wouldn’t be necessary if I gave the book away. I’ve also toyed with the idea of illustrating the whole thing myself, but I’m not sure that would have the same impact as the realization that most of those images are real things! So right now, I’m just thrilled to have you so absorbed in the story. I guess I should do some research.

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          1. It’s true — this one has grown organically from two photos and a friend’s comment. It’s breadth and staying power surprise me every day.

            You’re welcome! I’m glad you feel that way. If you Google Gregory David Roberts, you’ll find some videos of talks he’s given about that time in his life. He’s really quite a guy who’s had quite a life. And he’s got a voice to die for!

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