An excerpt from The Domed City – Chapter 1

“Aunty Jilly! Aunty Jilly!” I hear two voices screaming my name and shaking me out of my memory. I looked up and see two of the cutest faces ever running at me, and I stand up to give them hugs. My niece and nephew, the pride and joy of my life, are the only people I can meet on the surface, except for the licensed suppliers with whom I trade. It’s been almost six months since I last saw them and boy had they grown.

“Let me get a good look at the two of you,” I said kneeling and holding both their hands. My nephew still has his blonde hair and blue eyes, but at four years old now I was starting to see hints of red in there. My niece Melissa, who is now six, has brown hair and hazel eyes, just like her aunty, but acted just like her mother. I stifled a laugh and hugged them again, tightly. “I love you both, and I miss you terribly.”

“Are you ever coming home?” Stephen asked me. My eyes welled up and I blinked the tears away before shaking my head.

Published by Natalie Bartley

I am a 33-year-old Adult Fantasy author in Oshawa, Ontario. I hope one day to open her own Pagan store with her partner. I have been writing for most of my life but have only recently (in the last year) started putting those stories out to the world. My faith as a polytheistic witch leads me to many different storylines that involve the gods around her. My first book, Love and Pain in Zion, was a labour of love and heartbreak, and it took me many years to complete it. I live with my partner and step-son in Oshawa and is also completing my clergy status with the Correllian Nativist Tradition. My husband and I are planning on opening up a New Age/Metaphysical store, where I am running the storefront and he is running the services in the back. Since he is already a licensed interfaith minister and can perform weddings in Ontario, and a Reiki master, we can start offering services soon. I am enrolled in Witch School International as a seminary school of the Correllian Nativist Tradition. I have mostly completed my First Degree clergy status, and am almost finished my Second Degree. Brian and I run a local temple (Temple of the Night) which is a part of the Correllian Nativist Tradition. We are currently the only temple with full temple status in Canada. If you want to help fuel my writing, consider donating to my Ko-fi!

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