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 fantasy/sci-fi/smut writer, my first book "Love and Pain in Zion" is available on Amazon. I am also scribing for Medea, the Sorceress of Colchis on the blog Legends of the Veil (, and Amphitrite on In the Pantheon ( 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.

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