Avatar Author: Ana Cristina Writer, teacher, & hopeless romantic with a penchant for falling for fictional characters. Read Bio

The night Aveline was born was the night the winds came to Restrepo. These were not the usual soft, whispering winds that blew on the plains and flirted with the curtains in the window — these were serious, life-taking winds. They battered the walls of the town, bent trees forward and sent livestock airborne.

The people of Restrepo bolted their doors against the winds and cowered under their kitchen tables, holding their hands over their ears. But they couldn’t block out the high keening wail of the winds. Some later reported hearing words on the winds, wild, weird, unintelligible words that pierced the ears of all who heard them.

In the midst of this pandemonium, a slight woman lay in bed, bent forward like the trees outside. She was oblivious to what was happening outside, battered by an inner storm. Her breathless cries were swallowed by the winds, but her husband saw her pain-racked eyes and felt a trickle of fear creep down his spine.

The midwife looked at him and he knew the worst was yet to come.

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  1. Avatar Textual Phoenix

    Must. Read. More!

    Once again, you have caught my attention. Please tell me you have a sequel (or two, or three, or…) in mind.

  2. Avatar Ana Cristina

    Fer sure. It’s in the works. :D

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  4. Avatar uselessness

    Can’t wait to read it! I’ve half a mind to sequel it myself, but I wouldn’t dare step on the master’s toes. :-)

  5. Avatar Ana Cristina

    The sequel is written, I’m just having trouble coming up with a good title for it! Meh.

  6. Avatar OrangeOreos (LoA)

    Great, great descriptions, Ana! This all just fit together.

  7. Avatar ALRO613 (LoA)

    This is awesome… another great piece Ana, as usual!

  8. Avatar ALRO613 (LoA)

    Call it “The Light of Day”

  9. Avatar ALRO613 (LoA)

    seriously.. just post the sequel hahaha.. ;)
    anxiously awaiting the sequel..

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