SHORTS FROM THE SHELF features short serialized fiction by author Shannon Muir, administrator of SHANNON MUIR’S THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF, that may be later released as part of e-book or print collections. The story line featured currently is “The Gift of Truth,” a piece that comes after the MYANNA MOORE series that concluded earlier this year. This short will run Monday through Friday this week and until Thursday next week, ending on December 30, 2020.
This is Part One. Blog tours will resume in January 2021.
“Last time you asked for the journal, you promised it would be the last, Myanna.”
Myanna expected as much of a reaction when she went to go asked to borrow the journal again from Marva.
“What did you expect me to say in front of her? She really didn’t want me to call about it the last time. But I have one last promise to keep, something she probably doesn’t even remember.”
Myanna watched Marva cross her arms, still quite displeased.
“What would be that important anymore? Edana’s in prison. Darque, thanks and praise, is dead and gone.”
Myanna winced. Bringing up Darque’s name reminded her of that night she lost her mentor J.B. for good.
“I’m sorry,” Marva said, clearly noting Myanna’s discomfort. “But you really, really have to give me a good reason. My older half-sister Firinne has been trying to move on and build a life away from old demons.”
“Back when I was seventeen, I made her a promise. She begged her grandfather to leave with her youngest daughter, whose father she can’t even remember. I know you wrote down in that journal everything she told you she could remember about the girl’s father all those years ago. Now I’m equipped to keep that promise, with my training and experience. Donnell and I are headed to Lone Spring where Firinne originally came from, but if along the way I can find more information on this young child or her whereabouts I won’t hesitate to. Her father may even have returned there with the child. Please, let me see the journal.”
Marva relaxed her arms and stepped aside.
“Please come in, then. That is the only reason I would ever break that book’s seal again, for my sister.”