2020 Book Review: Horns by Joe Hill

I absolutely loved the movie. The book followed after the movie, as happens sometimes. I was pleasantly surprised this is one of the rare occasions that the book and the movie are both exceptional.

I liked very much the fact that the main character, Ignatius, wasn’t a ‘perfect stereotype’ of a guy becoming a demon. I read all too often that a guy changes and is instantly a know everything of the powers they have gained or is an insta-badass. This is so very much not the case. He is a regular guy and isn’t fully understanding his powers as they progress, he is losing battles, in my opinion because he doesn’t fully understand his powers or strengths he has gained.

This isn’t a scary horror book, but more of a humorous one. I normally don’t like horror-comedies personally, but this one got a chuckle out of me here and there. It also had a soul to it, the story. It’s so sad at times. To me, it’s a really good story about how people assume to know you and how assumptions can consume a town and those closest to a person. One mistake can literally damn you.

I recommend reading the book if you’ve seen the movie or vice versa, but not definitely not for everyone. There is sacrilegious behavior throughout the book. There is a horror-comedy aspect to it that genre purist may not like, it’s never completely horror or completely comedy. There are thriller/mystery aspects that occur due to the writing, but the writing is very well done.

This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.

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Giveaway Announcement: Signed Digital Edition of Maxwell Demon!

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One winner will be randomly chosen and verified to be an authentic entry. What does that mean? If the winner is found to be a pirate or bot the draw will be null and void and another will be chosen at random by the author themselves.

The more you do the more you’re entered to win, but only one will be selected for the signed digital edition of The Blasphemer Series: Maxwell Demon. You have the option to tweet a message once a day so you can enter many times, but only once a day!

Newsletter: News and Updates

Friday the newsletter went out to celebrate the re-release of Maxwell Demon and relaunch of The Blasphemer Series to the public. As explained on the Facebook page, the newsletter was upgraded before its release as well as the welcome message that everyone receives when they sign up.

For those not signed up, let’s talk about the official newsletter for a moment. The Official Newsletter of L. Bachman is at minimum a no-hassle monthly letter to subscribers to fill them in on things going on behind-the-scenes, give updates on things to come, and quick view of things going on here at the website. It’s the best source for information for the casual reader that wants information right to their email box.

With the new update, everyone that signs up gets several freebies they can use. Three are beautiful cellphone backgrounds and one is a gorgeous original artwork created by L. Bachman for the personal computer desktop. These were created to spruce up your devices while many of us cannot leave the home and have our devices as entertainment. These four products are exclusive to the newsletter. So to get them, you must sign-up.

You can sign-up for the newsletter via the small form at the top of the front of the website or via the pop-up that happens when you’re a news visitor.


Throughout the writing process, Maxwell Demon underwent many changes. I’ve shared that when I was back writing it I was just about finished and deleted the entire last chapter and part of the chapter before that one because it simply didn’t feel right. Along with this over time I have shared other things that have changed. This is part two of the two part post sharing some of these differences.

Some changes happened during professionally editing forever being lost for a great story and some never made it past the drafting phase. For readers, you may recognize names or scenes, but remember them differently or names being completely different from the version you read. Things change a lot during the writing process.

I hope you enjoy!

Deleted Scenes

In the book, the published work, there is a scene that’s dramatic of Adele being shown her past through what Maxwell had seen, but this scene was originally written earlier in the manuscript and took place in the backroom of the bar she was working and where Maxwell found her. It was so traumatic to her to be shown so much history, lives, and things that a human’s mind is not complex enough to understand it caused her nose to bleed.

Another scene that not only didn’t make it, but altered an entire character was one that involved Yeqon. He’s a manipulative character, but I couldn’t help but rewrite him as compassionate as well. A scene that got deleted was that of him battling Maxwell on the road. The final product as Kokabiel doing this, this is what felt right instead of Yeqon. Yeqon’s influence over others led, in the original scene, him glamouring other demons, not his own minions, to do things against their will.

Removed completely was Maxwell finding Adele in Hollywood, she originally had an apartment down the street from a bar she worked at. After the nosebleed and her sharing that she had felt followed with Maxwell he escorts her home so that she can gather things before they start traveling toward The Bishop’s home. Upon arriving at her apartment, Adele finds the door ajar, and her apartment is how she left it except a wooden box holding something very special to her was taken. Also upon entering,

Maxwell sees for a moment, Adele doesn’t see this, a shadowy demonic creature jumping out of the window. Adele shuts this window believing that she had forgotten it to close it before she left for work earlier in the evening.

Though I liked this scene, writing it was smooth, it began leading myself and characters into a direction plot-wise I hadn’t prepared for. I have planned on in future works that involve Adele talking about her apartment, but in this book I didn’t want it and it gave her a softer feeling that I felt was better after she had relaxed. It didn’t make sense to me to have her soft then hard after a life of running from demons that she had always felt there. I wanted her more experienced when he met her as well. Plus, I found the final product of them meeting more in balance than the scene that was originally written.

Fun Facts

Adele’s original name was Eliza.

Gabriel wasn’t originally planned to be in the series.

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Deleted Scenes From The Blasphemer Series: Maxwell Demon Part 1

Throughout the writing process, Maxwell Demon underwent many changes. I’ve shared that when I was back writing it I was just about finished and deleted the entire last chapter and part of the chapter before that one because it simply didn’t feel right. Along with this over time I have shared other things that have changed. This is part one of a two part post sharing some of these differences.

Some changes happened during professionally editing forever being lost for a great story and some never made it past the drafting phase. For readers, you may recognize names or scenes, but remember them differently or names being completely different from the version you read. Things change a lot during the writing process.

I hope you enjoy!

Maxwell Demon Introduction

I had originally posted this in the group Bachman’s Blasphemers, the fan group created for fans and others that would like to stay up-to-date more regularly than the author page and the series page for the books, but for whatever reason Facebook glitched and wouldn’t allow it to be posted. I took that as an opportunity to post it on the website in a more expanded version. I always love, as a reader, hearing about an author’s process in creating a book I enjoyed or even details behind the stories that didn’t make the cut into what got published. I’m not the only one, I’m sure, so here are some behind-the-scenes and spoilers from the book, The Blasphemer Series: Maxwell Demon.

Original Beginning

The original beginning of Maxwell Demon was much different than what made the final cut and went into publication.

Raw Excerpt

Visions of wisped crimson hair across pale naked shoulders quickly burn into flames of the swords that clashed, the magic that spilled over across the field of Heaven, and blood poured like rain upon the Earth in those days. The Clash of Angels was and is still the most epic of battles. No amount of bodies upon the Earth’s soil can compare to the magnitude of loss that occurred during that great battle. Maxwell, alongside Lucifer and many others, were chained and cast from Heaven into a special pit far from the wonderful grace that is Heaven and God.

Maxwell remembered it well, the great battle and striking down his friends that had turned to the foe. As time passed, the irony of magical immortal energy beings trying to kill each other grew within him. He damned God, he damned others, but eventually he damned himself. He wasn’t alone, there were many other Fallen Angels, but he wasn’t like many of them that twisted and contorted into evil, horrible, and vile creatures punishing humankind. He and a small group took to a lighter pace of life, those like him chose to live amongst the humans they once stood up for and lost the grace of God for.

Keeping a journal, he logged every thought to pass the time. He knew he wasn’t like everyone else and he knew he was solitary in his existence amongst humankind. It was depressing to see once magnificent creatures, humans, turn against one another living with their emotions running amok and living for devious means. Greed, wrath, vanity, gluttony, and the rest were all human made creations and not of God themselves.

Night after night his heavy boots stomped the streets of New York, Tokyo, London, Paris, but he found a home in the City of Angels, another irony that wasn’t lost on him. Night after night he found himself reflecting upon his memories of better times and her, Lilith. Sitting upon the middle of the H on the Hollywood sign, his head tilted back and his eyes shut, it was exhausting prancing around the world using his energy to mask his demonic form.

“You’re thinking of her again, aren’t you Maxziel.” A low voice interrupted his rest from a black hovering mist. As the darkened mist moved closer it transformed into a human wearing a long black trench coat, jeans, boots, and a white shirt mirroring Max’s own apparel. “I’ve lost count on how long it has been, but you eventually have got to stop thinking about her. No one has heard from her in countless centuries. She just stopped existing. If she had changed planes of existence we would’ve heard something.” The man then kicked Maxwell’s boot to get his attention.

Max’s eyes finally opened and stared across from him at the other Fallen Angel, “She couldn’t have just stopped existing, that’s now it works. Perhaps her soul went elsewhere? Azriel, she’s in the world, I just don’t know where. She can’t just be simply lost to time and space. God doesn’t do that, they don’t work that way.”

The scene continued into him finding Adele, but I removed all this and started over, this isn’t unheard of for me to do. What I had written didn’t feel right and I had shelved the entire project until I decided to start over. I do like how this scene showed a love/hate of the Fallen Angels, but I didn’t like how Azriel wasn’t more aggressive. I saw him as a forceful type of being, an in your face ‘admit it’ type.

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2020 Book Review: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Set in the 17th century this is an interesting tale. I’m a fan of reading history and historical pieces. This story, as far as I know, is purely fiction set at a time when being a good Puritan was important. Hester, the main character, is labeled with the letter ‘a’ for adultery to tell the those that come in contact with her she is a sinner and what ‘type of person she is’. She gives birth to a baby and refuses to explain who the father is. She could’ve easily lied many times to easy the prejudices and hatred she was facing saying that the father was her husband’s, but she didn’t. She didn’t bow to the pressure of the colony she lived within.

Many times throughout it I fully expected this to turn into a Satanic witch twist as that was commonplace of the period and wasn’t let down, there are characters referred to being associated with the devil or an associate of the devil, but it isn’t the main character.

I came into this book with a lot of judgement. I knew many had read it in high school, but I don’t remember ever being forced to. I can easily see this being one of those books for many where they have to eat it in smaller portions. It can even be considered ‘dry’ at moments. It’s well written and interesting, at least for me, when I got going.

I admit this isn’t a newer read for me, I read this book many years ago, but it left enough of an impression for me to want to review it now. I can see the parallels of the story to how people are treated even today when they’re judged by family and friends for being ‘sinful’, though the letter isn’t literary it’s still there, labels can hurt and in this story you can see the progress of such an event.

I felt for the main character on multiple occasions. There are hypocrites throughout the story, especially who turns out to be the father of the baby. This goes hand-in-hand with how people treat others and why they do what they do, it’s for selfish reasons. Poor Hester’s baby, it didn’t ask for any of this to happen.

This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Buy Maxwell Demon and Be Reading L. Bachman’s Work

The Blasphemer Series is re-launching soon into the public realm with the re-release of the book Maxwell Demon, but what does that even mean for you the consumer? Why should you care? I have 10 reasons why you should be reading L. Bachman’s work and devouring Maxwell Demon when it goes live.

Why Buy And Read Maxwell Demon

  1. There’s a love story – Now, the series itself isn’t centered on a love story or several, but the a central plot is the love story of a fallen angel, Maxwell, and the first woman ever created, the ‘Adama’ named Lilith. Considered ‘the oldest love story’.
  2. Something for Everyone – Though The Blasphemer Series is considered overall horror and urban fantasy it has attracted many readers from other genre fandoms. Readers online have commented that it’s a ‘multi-genre’ series for anyone that loves mythical monsters from fairies to werewolves.
  3. Vampires, werewolves; oh my! – This series serves all kinds of monsters to readers that love them. Vampires, werewolves, angels, fallen angels, good witches, bad witches, The Lost Colony of Roanoke, dire werewolves, Ents, fairies, mythical legends, ghosts, demons, oracles, seers, spirits, hauntings, possessions, the boogeyman, a creature named Creature, and that’s just in the first two books of the series!
  4. Worlds within Worlds – The world of The Blasphemer isn’t a single dimensional world. Every major creature featured has a world and society it belongs. The vampires have their own ways in which they handle their own, the werewolves commune at a place in Alabama called Jackal Ridge, and so on. This gives the reader a better understanding the world of the characters are coming from and coming together in.
  5. Redemption – It has been commented that this is a beautifully written redemption story with Maxwell Demon not wanting to accept that he’s damned for what he feels are a few mistakes. He is stubborn to give up on himself and all of mankind.
  6. Not a Perfect World – The series isn’t made of a perfect world with perfect people and creatures. Everyone has flaws and every has good and bad in them, which makes for a realistic feel to the world and her characters.
  7. A different take on the paranormal genre – Reviewers have commented that it’s an interesting and unique take on the paranormal genre.
  8. Powerful story and sophisticated writing – Bachman’s style of writing has really left readers riveted and wanting more when this book was published.
  9. Well done battle scenes – The battle scenes are action packed and well written with a 3D aspect.
  10. Leaves you wanting more – Though this book could be read as a standalone it continues on in a series. Maxwell Demon is just the beginning.

Don’t trust the above list? Read what the reviewers have said themselves.

Go to the Reviewers!

Why You Should Buy L. Bachman’s books

  1. Well-written and interesting stories – There are so many books to buy now. Many readers find themselves buying books that sound ideal, but are riddled with poor story-telling and poor written tales. L. Bachman’s work isn’t this. With review after review of happy readers loving her stories you should be one of them as well.
  2. She’s an award-winner – She’s been recognized for her story-telling abilities by winning an award for them. 2015 marks the beginning of many nominations in literature and by 2017 she had become an award-winner and bestselling author. She’s also been nominated for her artistic abilities too.
  3. She doesn’t just write horror – Though she is known for writing primarily in horror she has written in other genres. From dystopian and sci-fi stories have pleased readers.
  4. She’s established – Though you many not be familiar with her name or her work she’s been writing a very long time. She began writing as a kid and honed her craft, continues to take writing courses, and along the way she has helped others polish their skills.
  5. The details matter – With ever work she’s ever written the details have always mattered. From the location in which a character is placed to why the character does what they do there is a reason. She heavily researches every detail to make sure its accurate to the story she’s wanting to tell. She’s not a fly by night writer and it shows in her work.
  6. She writes from the heart – With her poetry she has admitted time and time again its some of her most emotionally raw work. She puts herself into each poem for therapeutic reasons, whether its rage or facing the utter bleakness of mortality she’s not afraid to share her story and how she feels about it.
  7. Passionate and Brought to Tears – She’s deeply passionate about her work. Listening to any of the media and one can easily hear it in her voice. She’s intelligent and passionate about writing and her stories. During a certain podcast the topic of writing brought her even to tears as she spoke about how it saved her life.
  8. Compared to some of the greats – Though L. Bachman has always said she just wanted to be her own writer and person she has been compared to some great minds. Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelly, Dean Koontz, and even John Saul.
  9. She’s active – With activity daily she gives readers and fans the ability to see inside her world. Offering up interviews, web shows, and podcast appearances you can see and hear the stories and about the work from her in person or recorded. You get to learn and follow her work knowing she is actively reading and responding.
  10. Readers love her – Readers often comment how they love her work. They have leave reviews complimenting her writing style, her sophisticated writing abilities, and talent. They also recognize the skill and talent she brings to every piece of her work whether its being applied to the story or to the work she does for herself and others.

Interview of a Character: Imogene from The Blasphemer Series: Harvest

The Interviewer is a mysterious figure that has contact with the characters of The Blasphemer Series and thus interviews them time to time. In this interview you will see them interacting with Imogene, a female character from book two Harvest. Imogene is a gifted Seer of the Present.

This particular interview happened before tragic events that unfolded in The Blasphemer Series. To understand better it is recommended you read The Blasphemer Series: Harvest.

The Interviewer: When you’re introduced into the book you’re struggling with withdrawals, do you wish you’d been introduced in a different way?

Imogene: It’s how the story went. I can’t change it or how I was living my life at the time. You’d try and find an escape too if you have my curse they call a gift.

The Interviewer: Can you share with us something we may not know about you?

Imogene: I liked cheesecake and coffee.

The Interviewer: Is there anything that upset you about the book?

Imogene: It seems I was almost forgotten except for Margot and Isiah. I miss him.

The Interviewer: Will we see you in future books?

Imogene: Perhaps. Not all of the stories have been told yet. It’s up to the author to discover a way to bring me back into the fold. I’m not sure how I would or my purpose. It’s not like I had much of one in the first place.

The Interviewer: Well that’s just not true. A lot of people like you. They wanted to know about you, your relationship with Isiah, and some even asked the author to do a book of just you. As a side-story type of thing.

Imogene: Interesting. It’d be interesting to see what the author would have to say about me in a side-story book. What would that even be called? A companion novel?

The Interviewer: Yes, that’s what those books would be called. So, Imogene, we know what happens near the end of the book. So is there something you wish all the readers knew that perhaps got left out of the story?

Imogene: There is something, but I’m not sure how well it would’ve done. You see the writer writes in a certain style that may leave out things. If the main character can’t witness it then sometimes it doesn’t make it in. It’s a mix of third-person narration and first-person. I’ve personally never seen a book written like it. I wish she would’ve left how I fought hard. How even when ingested I was kicking, screaming, and fighting.

The Interviewer: Do you feel you were given no justice?

Imogene: In some ways yes and in some ways no. I don’t want to really go into it. There’s nothing that can be done now.

The Interviewer: Since you’re on the other side is there any knowledge you can give us that those still living may not know?

Imogene: There’s a spy among them, but he’ll get his. He’ll flip and ultimately help them.

The Interviewer: Will you say who?

Imogene: I’m not allowed to.

The Interviewer: Is there anything you’d like to say to the remaining Seers, Briar and Dante?

Imogene: Dante’s going to be just fine. I am not allowed to say too much, but without him the world would truly fall apart. Briar is in good hands even though she doesn’t realize it, being possessed by anyone else would destroy her.

The Interviewer: Is there anything you’d like to say to readers or potential readers?

Imogene: I’m gone, I pass in this book. That’s no secret, but what many don’t know is I can now live on because of them. The author’s a bit weird, but she has done good by me by telling my story. If you read it I can live on in your memory and thoughts. I do hope you’ll read it. Please read.

The Interviewer: Is there anything you wish to say perhaps to Margot or Isiah if they read this interview?

Imogene: I am sorry Margot. I did love you and still do. You didn’t have to take me in and you did. You were a mother to me and I never appreciated you. To Isiah, I guess I’d say, I miss and love you.

Margot has gotten to read the interview and it helped her with her mourning. Isiah was too busy to read it. Read The Blasphemer Series: Harvest when it re-releases to understand all of this better.

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Interview of a Character: Maxwell from The Blasphemer Series: Maxwell Demon

The Interviewer is a mysterious figure that has contact with the characters of The Blasphemer Series and thus interviews them time to time. In this interview you will see them interacting with Maxwell, a the main male character of the book Maxwell Demon from The Blasphemer Series.

This particular interview has a history that it happened to be ‘found’ in the ‘archives’ from The Alexandrian vaults. It takes place after the first book published. No-one knows where it came from or who The Interviewer is.

The Interviewer: How do you feel about your story being chronicled for mass readers to get a hold of and read?

Maxwell: I think the story must be told. It’s an important endeavor to open your mind to a new possibly.

The Interviewer: What do you think of L. Bachman being the one to write your story and the stories of others?

Maxwell: She’s alright, she’s good people. I like her tattoos.

The Interviewer: Whatever happened to Eshu?

Maxwell: :chuckles: Gabriel took care of him about as much as someone like Eshu could be taken care of. You must understand Eshu is a guardian and a very powerful spiritual being. He learned his lesson, which is all I can say about that.

The Interviewer: What’s your biggest regret?

Maxwell: In the book, it’s listed as never getting to Lilith in time, but truth be it there is a bigger regret that I have and that is defying The Mother and The Father.

The Interviewer: You witnessed reincarnation first hand with following Lilith through her many lives, what were the best life and the worse that you saw her go through?

Maxwell: The worse life she lived I witnessed for a brief period was that of her as a child. You must think of things in the time frame of which they happened. At one time in history to be red haired was thought of as a bad thing, a sign of a witch. We all know that Witches come in all shapes, colors, backgrounds, and countries, but in this particular life she had been hidden away for a very long time. Her hair had been sooted and changed colors with dyes of the time. In the end, she had been murdered by a mob worried she was going to bring bad upon the land.

The best life she lived I can remember was that of peace. She was in Scotland living on the outskirts. Her hovel overlooked a valley and a river. It was quiet and peaceful. Sadly, like most of her lives she had either been killed or died tragically in ways I couldn’t do anything about. In this one, she had gotten sick and died. I couldn’t heal her. When she saw me for the smallest of moments I could swear she recognized me, but by the time I had gotten to her she had been sick for a very long time. I still don’t know what she died of.

The Interviewer: We only get a taste of a few of her lives, can you elaborate on others? Why is it so hard for you to find her? The compass worked in the published account why not just do that earlier?

Maxwell: She had been a male in several lives, a warrior or soldier that led to her death in those lives. She had been just about anything you could be, must remember she had been around a very…very long time. A monk, a cult leader, a housewife, and even a school teacher are a few that are coming to mind. She’s been every color variation, a wide range of ages in her lives, and involved in most religions.

I simply hadn’t thought about making a compass, the idea never came to mind until later years after struggling for many lifetimes of never finding her. I had my own struggles as well giving me problems and diverting me. Goodwitch Anya also found out about me and contacted me. Things went smoother after that.

The Interviewer: Have you spent more time on Earth since the book has been released?

Maxwell: I have no comment.

The Interviewer: Your Enochian tattoos, how do they work? I’ve read that some, that got early copies of the story, wished they had a compass like yours.

Maxwell: :chuckles: Yes, I can see how a compass would work for many. Simply having something right there literally on your hand pointing you to whomever or whatever you need. I can’t begin reveal the magic of my etchings, I got in trouble once before for sharing too much knowledge with mankind.

The Interviewer: Is there anything you wish could’ve left into the story that was taken out?

Maxwell: The story written was specific, it was to launch a series that would talk and discuss many other lives and others stories. This one was specific to me finding Lilith, but I have plenty of stories. Perhaps she’ll write them down as well in a book for others. I have dealt with Raphaim, Canaanites, and have stories upon stories I’d love to share.

The Interviewer: What do you see happening with The Blasphemer Series?

Maxwell: There is a great evil coming. There are many stories to tell.

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The Children Excerpt from Maxwell Demon

In honor of the re-release of The Blasphemer Series: Maxwell Demon happening May 21st, 2020, I’ve decided to share one of my favorite scenes from the book. Right now, you can pre-order the book for 99 cents!

Dancing her fingers through the water, Adele was finding

Sophia’s home ideal. It was everything she’d want in a paradise. A small breeze blew her long, red hair as she looked down into the clear water. Small, neon blue goldfish had begun swimming between her fingers as she played with them in the water. One of the small fish looked up at her, then rubbed its body against her finger. Curiously, her finger moved, rubbing the neon scales on the fish’s side. The animal responded by lovingly pushing back against her delicate touch. Adele could’ve sworn the fish was encouraging more soft pets, leaning toward her touch. Suddenly, a neon pink and neon yellow goldfish found their way over to rub against her other finger. She’d never seen goldfish react like this, and the side of her mouth turned into a small smile.

She continued reclining on her left palm, enjoying the quiet. In the woods in the distance, a few birds were chirping away. Even Gabriel, who was down at the pond gathering water for Sophia, was quietly enjoying the breeze.

Maxwell sat upon the branch of a nearby tree, watching her. He had gotten accustomed to watching her, enjoying the way her face looked. He could tell what she was wondering about with her constantly transforming expressions. If she had a half-smile or furrowed her brows, he knew something was going on within that red head of hers. It kept him guessing, wondering what she was thinking. Was she remembering things from her first incarnation? He even began wondering if she remembered their children, and if she mourned for them.

Adele was as much a mystery now as she was back then. That pale skin, red hair flowing in the softest of breezes, and those beautiful glassy blue eyes that pierced him in the heart every time she gazed upon him.

The sound of Gabriel splashing water into a large barrel interrupted Maxwell’s musing and caught his attention. He looked over, seeing Sophia beginning to wash clothing by beating them with a large stick in a barrel with soap. As his attention moved back to Adele, he caught her looking over her shoulder at him, smiling. “Maxwell….”

He jumped from the large branch and joined her at the clear pond.

He sat and crossed his legs. “Yes?”

“What will happen after all this is over? What do you want to happen?” She looked at his handsome, clean-shaven face, curious as to what was on his mind. What had he been thinking in that tree?


She nodded. “Yes.”

“The things I want I won’t ever get back. I won’t have….” He paused. He wasn’t sure if he should share his deepest of desires, his truest of wants.

“What won’t you have?” She was curious.

“I… I won’t have my family back. There was a time in our history when I had felt such true happiness. I didn’t know a being could find true happiness beyond serving the Mother and the Father.”

She adjusted, placing her hand on top of his. “Tell me. Please.”

His eyes fell to her hand and his fingers bent, lacing into hers. “Long ago, we had a family. I got to see our children grow before I fell. I had never seen someone so in love with motherhood, so happy. You have this glow to you when you’re happy. You radiated the purest joy

I’ve ever witnessed.”

“Tell me about the children.” Her hand moved, and she rested her palm upward. He placed his hand on hers, lacing his fingers in a better position now, gently holding her hand in his lap as she adjusted.

“Hannibal grew up to be so strong and so fast. He had hair like mine and eyes like yours. He was a true creation of beauty. We went for a walk when he was a teenager and saw women fall over themselves just to get a glance at his beauty. He could’ve had any woman he wanted. Cassia was the spitting image of you. She was gifted magically and had this way with insects. Something about them just fascinated her. Cassia was a sight to behold. She was beautiful, like her older brother, but in her own way.”

He smiled, reaching up and touching the side of Adele’s face. “We made beautiful babies. Strong children that were, in their time on Earth, determined and talented. I couldn’t have been prouder of them… or you.” His thumb rubbed slowly under her eye, sliding away a loose eyelash that had fallen upon it. “There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is in awe of her own children.”

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