The Gem – Part 7 – A Short Story

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A fictional short story series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

“Dr. D’jet you must leave quickly, I will contact you when I confirm my theory. Please keep this between us for now.”

Puzzled, but hopeful that Whynn had a solid lead, he agreed as the two parted company at her front door.

Whynn, picked up her cellphone on the armoire near her front door and dialed,

“It’s you, isn’t it? Can we talk in private?

The women’s voice at the other end of the call said, “I will be right over, Whynn.”

Whynn, stood at her front door waiting for her visitor to arrive. In a moment of clarity, she realized that she was still in her pajamas; she decided to run upstairs to change before her visitor arrived.

Then, Whynn turned around to make her way upstairs.

Suddenly, an ancient life-sized gleaming hourglass formed at the top of the stairs, and out of it stepped, Meg.

“You wanted to see me?”

Frozen in her steps from the vision before her eyes, Whynn, almost out of breath stammered, “Yyy..yes I did wish to see you…You are the gem.”

Whynn, transfixed by the scene before her, was in shock. She stood at the bottom of the staircase, her legs wobbled, and her palms drenched in sweat as she grabbed hold of the railing. Unsuccessfully, she tried to steady herself. Her throat was dry and tightened around her voice, she tried to speak, to ask the question forming in her mind -“What just happened?” – but no sound escaped from her lips.

Meg walked down the steps to meet Whynn, and in soft gentle tones explained,

“From your phone call to me just now, I gathered that you have worked out a corner piece to the puzzle of the gem. I suspect that my name tipped you off: Meg is a reversal of GEM. And yes, I am the gem, but not in the way you think. My family and I are its eternal guardians, traveling throughout time, snatching it back into obscurity, whenever it becomes exposed. The secrets contained in the gem are in grave danger at this time in your history. You must be the one to return the gem to the tomb where you found it, to where your mother, my sister who traveled forward in time, hid it from the world with a powerful shape-shifting talisman. You of all people were not supposed to find it. Not every puzzle needs to be solved. Not everything hidden ought to be uncovered, Whynn Prentice.”

Then, Whynn collapsed in Meg’s arms.

**To be continued next week**

Published by Suzette Benjamin

Positive thinker, inspirational, writer, faith

27 thoughts on “The Gem – Part 7 – A Short Story

  1. MEG the GEM, oh my word i should’ve made the connection, Whynn’s aunt.
    The time traveler and guardian of the Gem.
    Well done.
    I’m somewhat disappointed in myself for not making the connection.
    I would’ve jumped with glee, but i need to recede into a tiny blues…wait for the next reading.

    I must say Meg is a fascintating character and i really was impressed how she was woven into the story.

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    1. Oh but the reader was not supposed to catch on until Part 7 that Meg is woven in the Gem’s path and trajectory. The author😊 did not give sufficient clues, intentionally. This is a “discovery” type of story…unfolding in bits and pieces.


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