A spooky bedtime story today by my guest (and childhood friend!) author Stephanie Albright. This is a fun one and an excerpt from her forthcoming novel, The Storm. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into her new book and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. :-D
Gavin’s Bedtime Story
Excerpt from The Storm
Available November 17, 2015
“Can ye tell us a story afore we go ta bed? Please Grandda?”
“Ooh aye, I’ll tell ye my favorite story of all, but ye mus’ promise to be quiet and let yer mam rest, the new bairn is making her verra tired.”
“We will, Grandda, Willie too,”
Willie nodded his head solemnly.
Once the lads were settled, one on each side he began, “Back in Scotland there was a man named Angus Stewart. When he was a young man, he had a beautiful wife and six bonnie bairns and a lovely cottage and farm. But a sickness came and took his wife and all his bairns. He buried them all within a fortnight.
“After that he wasna such a nice man anymore because he had endured such sadness. He ne’er smiled or had anything pleasant to say. There were three young lads who didna kin why he was as he was and they tormented him o’er and o’er. Turning loose his kine, dumping manure on his doorstep and any other mischief they could think up, they did to poor Angus.
“One night, they waited until Angus was dead asleep and they banged pots, rang bells and howled like demons. Poor Angus jumped from his bed and ran out the door yelling, ‘Whoever ye are, I will find ye and when I die ye willna e’er ken a night of peaceful sleep again.’ He stumbled on the threshold and fell, hitting his heid on a large stone. He was dead afore the three lads could reach him.
“The lads left poor Angus lying dead on his own doorstep and ran all the way home. The next morn they met by the creek. The first lad said, ‘I dreamt of Angus all night. He said that for the rest of my life, everytime I close my eyes to sleep, he will be waiting to torment me.’ The other two lads grew pale, ‘We had the same dream,’ they both said. And for the rest of their lives, every time they fell asleep, Angus Stewart was waiting to torment them all the night long.”
Gavin had been so engrossed in the telling of his tale that he had forgotten about the lads. When he looked down at them, Wee Gavin was sobbing and shaking and Willie was hiding under the blankets. “Ooch lads, was jus’ a story, no need to be scairt.” Both boys looked up at him and began crying in earnest.
The Storm is available for pre-order and will be released on November 17, 2015. A young girl survives a hurricane on an island in the Caribbean with her grandmother. Afterwards, she moves to Colonial America just before the Revolutionary War.
After the End
Stephanie Albright grew up in Amanda, Ohio. She moved to West Point, Mississippi in 1986 and graduated from Mississippi University for Women in 1989 with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Stephanie loves to travel and to camp. Georgetown, South Carolina is her favorite place and much of her work takes place in and around Georgetown County.
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