Relentless Angels

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: True Confessions  |  House: Booksie Classic

Rebecca Weatherhead, PhD, has arrived in the Atacama Desert on a mission to observe a total eclipse of the sun. Her personal mission, during this journey to such a remote place, is to review the
choices that seem to be making her life less than it should be. Even though superficially successful, she is a grown woman pathologically afraid of the dark, with no belief in any kind of higher
power, and no confidence she will ever be able to sustain a mature romantic relationship. Although the narrative begins, and ends, in an unusual place, the bulk of the story - told in the first
person - takes place in the English countryside, and in the Bible Belt of the American Midwest.

Table of Contents

I Am Banished - Pt 1

Submitted: May 14, 2018

Early in the reign of Ronald the First, my manifold crimes caused me to be banished from Utopia by my Uncle Who Was a Failure. And pl... Read Chapter

I Am Banished - Pt 2

Submitted: May 15, 2018

My Uncle Who Was a Success is Uncle James. Who was (and still is) a professor of Materials Science and Engineering. He was born in Am... Read Chapter

I Am Briefed

Submitted: May 16, 2018

Leaving London from Kings Cross, we plunged into a countryside so green that it seemed to have been colored in by hand. Chuckles said... Read Chapter

I Am Employed

Submitted: May 17, 2018

You can measure my Uncle’s self-confidence by the fact that the tutors he had spoken of in such a theoretical manner — that first nig... Read Chapter

I Hear a Voice

Submitted: May 18, 2018

As you might have gathered, by now, Uncle James specialized in collecting a lot of things that just “wandered in”. But there was ... Read Chapter

I Beg Shamelessly

Submitted: May 19, 2018

I’ve seen the “end of the world as we know it” in many different places, and — everywhere — it’s exactly the same. Just b... Read Chapter

I Deliver Mail

Submitted: May 20, 2018

Not long after the conversation with my Uncle, Kelley and I found ourselves alone in the house for the day. Candace and Uncle James ... Read Chapter

I Go Shopping

Submitted: May 21, 2018

A little later, several theories occurred to me to explain why my house arrest in England was relaxed after only 4 months: — My Unc... Read Chapter

I Am Moonstruck

Submitted: May 22, 2018

We didn’t have close neighbors at Baskerville Hall, but we did have neighbors — and getting to know them would give me the advantage ... Read Chapter

I Turn My Face to the Wind

Submitted: May 23, 2018

Upon returning to Baskerville Hall after my time spent looking at the moon, I stayed awake until breakfast — remaining fitful and ... Read Chapter

I Land in the Bible Belt

Submitted: May 24, 2018

A contour map of North America begins to turn from green, to yellow, to brown as you look left from the Mississippi River and the well-wa... Read Chapter

I Announce My Arrival

Submitted: May 25, 2018

As hard as it is to believe, it was Aunt Billie who brought me to Utopia: answering another plea for help from my Father after another lo... Read Chapter

I Receive a Manuscript

Submitted: May 26, 2018

By the time winter had truly arrived in England, my visits to our forlorn Hope took up a part of each of my days: just after my morning t... Read Chapter

I Wander the Night

Submitted: May 29, 2018

It was early during my stay in Utopia, when I was looking for any kind of an edge, that I did the unthinkable. Dialing the number whi... Read Chapter

I Witness a Struggle

Submitted: May 30, 2018

After not too long, my walkabouts became quite routine. It was usually about twelve thirty when I got up — barefoot, and in my unde... Read Chapter

I Hear Laughter

Submitted: May 31, 2018

As I strolled through the darkness, back toward Bible Farm, I was understandably disgusted by all of this grimy small town drama I’d se... Read Chapter

I Lie Shamelessly

Submitted: June 01, 2018

I didn’t consider it a major act of irresponsibility to burn Mr Hope’s manuscript — since, for a while, it was clear that he was on... Read Chapter

I Begin an Insurgency

Submitted: June 02, 2018

After my tender encounter with the Parminter Twins, I resolved that Utopia was going to see a lot less of me. I had a day or two of r... Read Chapter

I Pay Some Calls

Submitted: June 03, 2018

After a while, my sense of easy confidence pushed me across the street: moving from Widow’s Row to a listening post on the grounds of t... Read Chapter

I Note New Arrivals

Submitted: June 04, 2018

The Fourth of July, in Utopia, was memorable mainly because I had to get up early to help Billie with the Church of the Last Word, Non-In... Read Chapter

I Celebrate a Birthday

Submitted: June 05, 2018

There is an Anglican Christmas carol which begins: “In the bleak midwinter....” It’s often sung around the time of the year whe... Read Chapter

I Attend a Grand Opening

Submitted: June 06, 2018

As my Uncle Danny predicted, the plywood was pulled from the windows, and signs of activity returned to the westside gas station in Utopi... Read Chapter

I Build Rapport

Submitted: June 08, 2018

I had the time to be persistent: and so I came back to the bench in front of the gas station for days in a row. Like a hunter returning t... Read Chapter

I Make Someone Happy

Submitted: June 10, 2018

It was not until early August that I lost patience with being patient, and decided that — if I couldn’t do what needed to be done in ... Read Chapter

I Acquaint Myself With the Sun

Submitted: June 11, 2018

Uncle James had been unapologetically wondering when I would take the new telescope out. And I understood his perplexity. There had been ... Read Chapter

I Struggle With Remorse

Submitted: June 12, 2018

Not my “remorse”, of course. Although my plans in Utopia were not moving forward as fast as I had hoped, they were still moving forwa... Read Chapter

I Conceal Myself

Submitted: June 13, 2018

A helpful little cold front moved in after my frustrating Sunday and, the next day, we were sheltered from the tyrannical August sun by f... Read Chapter

I Take Custody of Evidence

Submitted: June 14, 2018

Late in February, the American (Dr Hoover) who’d been so successful, previously, was invited to Baskerville Hall for another visit of s... Read Chapter

I Weave a Tale

Submitted: June 15, 2018

My appearance, every day, on the bench in front of the gas station near State Highway 98 was now a matter of routine. A daily exhibition ... Read Chapter

I Am Interviewed

Submitted: June 16, 2018

It’s been a week, now, since the eclipse, and — settling my interim bill at the hotel this morning — I was reminded of how much glo... Read Chapter

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