Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 13): Interruptions

      …  Parts 12 (Gifts)11 (Punishment),  10 (Warmth),   9 (Found)8 (Lost)7 (Rock)6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) have posted on previous Sundays…

     During the time that we stayed in that place of respite, we always took our meals up in our room.  It had a small window very high up, and thus seemed safe enough from curious glances.  Though I gained steadily in strength each day, all the household, it seemed, hung on tender-hooks for my recovery.  We ate simple fare, whether due to my delicate condition, or to Mrs. H.’s lack of kitchen help, I did not know.  But we ate often, and the food was filling.  We knew we would need it for the journey ahead.


One morning, the doctor knocked on our door.  This was unusual, now that my head injury no longer needed such precise looking after.  Anna normally performed this service for me, several times per day.  I wasn’t sure it was always strictly necessary, but I enjoyed the closeness of her attentions.  As she opened the door, the smell of an apple pie wafted in with Dr. H.  He looked a bit nervous, as did the young dark-skinned girl behind him.  Who was she?


He was holding some papers, which he looked at so long that I thought they must burst into flame.  At last, he cleared his throat.


“I am sorry to impose a change of plans on all of us, but I have found myself presented with a situation for which I had not been entirely prepared.”

He glanced down at the child, who lowered her head even further, as if attempting to make herself invisible.  Just at that moment, the doctor’s wife appeared in the doorway, stepping in and bending down to take the girl into her arms in one graceful movement.


“Don’t be afraid, Tilly.  None of this is your fault.  You are a very good and brave little girl.”

The woman’s whisper had somehow managed to carry all the way across the room, filling each of us with a dread that grew heavier with every passing moment.  The doctor broke the silence by holding up the sheaf of papers in his hand.


“Poor Tilly, here, has come to us with a Porter from another town.  Unbeknownst to him, our house was not empty, as it was scheduled to be.  He brought her here from a departure that did not go as planned elsewhere.  I cannot tell you more, of course, but I could not bear to turn her away.  I hope that you can make do with this situation until we find a way to resolve it.”

I looked at little Tilly, seeing how small she was, like my dear Little Sal.  Before the tears could come to my eyes, I beckoned for the child, who came cautiously toward me, as if approaching a hot frying pan.  I held out my hand, waiting for her to reach out, and found Anna there beside me, holding both of our hands together.  She was looking from me to this child as if the oddest notion had just occurred to her.  I wondered what new mischief that agile mind of hers was cooking up.


“Doctor, what are those papers you’ve got there?”

He looked relieved to finally have a question to answer.


“These are your Free Papers, Joe, and your Hack License to drive up to Philadelphia.  This was to have been a simpler affair, but now we have had to improvise, as Mr. D. is no longer available for you to drive him up there.”

I looked at Anna.  Would she, or could she, explain who this was?  So much of this affair was shrouded in deliberate mystery.  I hoped to hear at least some of it brought to light.




       This is the continuation scene in my historical fiction series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

  Part 12 was last Sunday, and Part 14 will be next Sunday.

I look forward to your thoughts.


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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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30 thoughts on “Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 13): Interruptions

    1. 🙂
      Thank you, Petru!
      This would be packed with Story, I’d say, since plot is generally defined as the story in causal form on a timeline.

      Glad you’re enjoying it! I’m enjoying writing it, too, but it is starting to really distract me from my novel in progress!!

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        1. 🙂
          I do my best.

          But I’m afraid that not much progress is being made on Who By Fire, so I am trying to write a few chapters ahead on Ann&Anna so that I can concentrate on the novel for a while.

          Hope you are having a good weekend,


    1. Thank you, Ma’am!

      I’m trying to have a few written in advance to schedule over the next month so that I can focus on my novel. I’m finding that so much more challenging than Ann & Anna, now that I am really into the fate of Anna and Willow!

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        1. Um, yeah, true! 🙂
          I’ve had enough challenges, for the moment, could I have a little break, now, please? 🙂

          I am so glad, Michelle, that you are finding value in their story. Anna Marie Weems and our Willow (though Willow is entirely fictional) have a connected fate that could, I hope, help inform the ongoing fate of us all, with love, and with hope and determination for the common good.
          Much love to you, Michelle,

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            1. 🙂

              No, not a break, just trying to get ahead enough with Ann&Anna that Isaias’ story (and Lucy’s) can come through. That one is much more difficult for me, and I’ve felt like a male protag. might be biting off more than I can chew right now, but it’s started, and I mean to finish it. And then get it published. I just had no idea how consuming Willow’s story would become for me.

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