The Reincarnation of Lydia Ashes

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Quincy got up slowly and began leading Lydia, Aiden and Caleb down a hall at the back end of the living room. None of them had even noticed that hallway, partly because they hadn’t sat in the living room for that long and partly because Caleb was sure it wasn’t there at all. “This is new.” He muttered, sort of to himself. He was still a little shaken by Erika’s sudden leave of absence.

“Not new. Improved! Trust me, you’ll appreciate it.”

They got to the end of the hallway and opened a door to the outside of the house. It wasn’t fully outside though. It was something of a casemate built of what looked like a mix of raw stone and marble. It was beautiful and unexpected, and Lydia was more excited already. She looked around and the more she

saw the more she liked the hidden room they were actually allowed to go into.

“Over here!” Quincy led them over to a pond fixture in the middle of the casemate. It was full of stagnant water. There were no fish and the water was clear. It almost looked like a fountain that’d be seen in the middle of a shopping centre or public square.

“This is The Well of Earth, and you can watch what goes on down there just by looking into the water here. And concentrating of course.”

“Whaaaat! Are you kidding me?” Aiden chimed in like an excited little boy. “We can see what’s going on? Does it have Wi-Fi?”

Aiden laughed and Caleb blushed with embarrassment.

“I mean can we like, check the internet world too? I think it’s a fair question.”

“It’s a very fair question, and I’d like to know too.” Lydia said grinning from ear to ear.

“You can see anything that you want to see on earth. Just take a look.”

The four of them stood over the well, staring deeply. Where Quincy was staring, the water began to fog and he started to smile. Lydia looked up at him, breaking her concentration. She thought about whom he might be seeing. His wife or a daughter? Or maybe just family or friends. Who was left behind when Quincy Peters died? And who left an impression on him so great that so much time could pass and he’d still smile from images of them? She shook her head from her deep focus on his

back story, and began staring again hoping to catch a glimpse of the world she left behind. Her water began to fog and the image of a young woman appeared before her. Her sister.

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