The Non Life of Riley – Chapter Four

Kingwell By Kingwell, 14th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I relate my experience as a ghost fisher plus weddings and a grandson.

The Best Fishing Season Ever!

Since my first encounter with Rebekah, I had taken to going out in the boat with my sons, rather than chance scaring my daughter-in-law again, especially with no one else around. Water didn’t bother me (unless it was holy water of course), but than we were members of The Church of England, not Roman Catholic, so maybe even the holy water wouldn’t work. It’s probably something like ghosts; you have to believe in it. In any case I was getting tired of sitting there in the aft of the dory just watching everyone, if I was going to be a fisher ghost it was time for me to find a way to help. I had learned from starting the fire in the kitchen stove, that it was best not to act too hastily. I was so used to being around by now, that I’d almost forgotten that they couldn’t see me – unless they could – which seemed to cause even more problems. Hauling in the baited hooks often proved quite a task, especially when there was a large codfish on every hook but strength wasn‘t my strong point, as you can‘t see, there’s really nothing of me there. Occasionally a fish would get off the hook just as they were taking it aboard, and it was here that I found a way to help. Fish I discovered could always see ghosts, so if I appeared at just the right second, instead of jumping back into the water, the fish would jump right into the boat! I’d seen all four men turn and stare in wonderment more than once, but they had their best fishing season ever.

The Brides Arrive.

Eric had been here about a month when the boat arrived with Sam and Tom’s future brides. They were both healthy looking young women that looked like they might have been made for this sort of a life. Tom was all smiles as he carried Mary’s few possessions up to the big house. Sam too looked quite content as he showed Elsie the meadow where they would build their house. There was plenty of land for all four to build houses as well as space for vegetable gardens and grazing land for the animals which they hoped to have by next summer. The double wedding ceremony took place at the big house two days later with the Church of England Parson, The Rev. Baxter Hibbs presiding. With a permanent population of more than 1000, half of which were Church of England, there was talk of a school-chapel being built in St. John’s the following spring. In the meantime Sunday services were being held in private homes and often outside during the summer when the population swelled to more than six thousand. At just seventeen, Eric was now the only bachelor in the family but as the population increased, there was a possibility that he might one day wed a local girl.

A Grandson

Although these things weren’t talked about openly but in whispers among the women, it had been clear for some time now that Rebekah was in the family way, or as good Queen Victoria would herself put it a hundred years later, “all knocked up”. Mary and Elsie were quick to take on the most strenuous tasks in the home and as the big day approached, their talk was often of old mother Haynes, the only midwife in town. Nearing sixty and in failing health, she was anxious to train some younger women in the profession that she was now finding more and more demanding. I was looking forward to being a grandfather, if only a ghostly one, and since it didn’t seem to matter anyway, decided to eaves-drop on the conversation during Mrs. Haynes’s first visit. The gaunt haggard looking woman that arrived by horse and cart, was I felt, certainly, more frightening than I could ever be, but as I was to soon learn had the sweetest voice and kindest heart imaginable. She was pleased to see Rebekah so healthy and felt that the baby should arrive in about two weeks. Just twelve days later Patrick John Riley made his debut, the first member of the family to be born in the new world. I was as proud as any ghost could be!
To Be Continued. See Chapter Five
Read from the beginning - See Chapter One

See Also: Chapter Two

Chapter Three

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Church Of England, Double Wedding Ceremony, Fishing, Grandson, Holy Water, Kingwell, Midwife, Proud Ghost

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Awesoem story to keep track in each chapter

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Happy that you are enjoying it. Blessings.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Delightful ...history with a dash of rustic good humor wonderfully spun in ...a hauntly good read Kingwell -I am hooked...wanted to read more...thanks Kingwell

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Oct 2014 (#)

More to come my friend. Thanks.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Good to know that ghosts can share our happiness too and wish us all well.We have been misled all along! Time to embrace them! Lovely story telling, thanks Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Riley does seem to be the helpful sort lol! Thanks friend.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
16th Oct 2014 (#)

A proud ghost is a fascinating thing to witness.

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Oct 2014 (#)

You are right Sherri. lol!

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