Hearts of Stone and Hope by Geoff Le Pard #writephoto #flashfiction

Selma Gubbins always wanted to be an archaeologist, ever since a school trip aged seven when she was allowed to dig in the soil with an old spoon and not have to talk to anyone as she lost herself in her own little world. She gave herself over to achieving that ambition with the single eyed desperation usually witnessed in the starving. And while solitude fueled that ambition, curiosity and a belief in otherness drove her to wonder at what she was uncovering in those former lives revealed in minute fragments of stone and bone that her brush and trowel brought back into the light.

The Two Talkers were limestone columns that had intrigued the archaeological community for decades. Were they part of a larger whole, an ancient gateway or memorial to a clannish chief? Or were they, as local lore had it, two old men so engrossed in their conversation that they did not see the devil creep up and turn them to stone?

Selma felt something the first time she witnessed them, standing sentinel in the driving rain. She was sure their mystery would reveal itself to her, sometime, with diligence and imagination. Over many years, she returned and led investigations, penning papers with theories both ancient and modern. And yet the truth, of which she was certain, remained elusive to her.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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