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Eliza: Chapter Five: Uncovering the Past

March 26, 2009


Coming to Strangetown had been a lark for Eliza, an escape from her life of bills and silly dates with identical men from SimCity. Eliza had expected to find Isadora snug in her little house, bouncing her precious baby on her knee, back from an impromtu vacation or one of those science conventions she was always writing about. She certainly hadn’t expected this. Throughout Eliza’s childhood, rumors of the DiPotere curse had simply swirled around her. Others in the family were obsessed with the curse, but she had never paid any attention. Eliza refused to believe in such things as hexes or curses, or even luck. You work hard, play hard, and make your own luck. That was it. But now…

“Screw work,” she said, as she changed out of her lab coat. She needed to call Miss Emmy, and this time Eliza knew she would listen to what the old woman had to say.


Emmy arrived to find Eliza standing beside the plant she’d given her the day before. Eliza turned toward her new friend and shook her head slowly. “I just can’t believe it, Miss Emmy. This little plant actually sprouted money.”

The old lady merely smiled and sat at Eliza’s rickety card table. She motioned for Eliza to join her, and Eliza did, sensing the seriousness of the situation all over again.


“Isadora was beautiful,” Emmy began. “She looked very much as you do now, sitting there in her favorite top. She told me she sent it to you. It takes me back to the day her daughter was born. Little Bella was such a lovely little girl…”

Emmy seemed to drift off to this place of memory. Eliza waited as patiently as she could until Miss Emmy began to talk again. “The curse,” she said finally, “was brought upon your family as an act of vengence, though no one has discovered by whom…or why. When women become consumed by thoughts of revenge, or greed, or jealousy, their natural powers become tainted and their hearts grow dark.”

“The one who did this to my family was a woman?” asked Eliza. “But how can you know for sure?”

“Eliza, you must stop fighting me on these truths. Open your heart to my words. Women are the only ones who would possess such a power.”

“Oh, Miss Emmy, I’m trying…really really trying, but I just don’t get it.”

“You will dear,” said Miss Emmy. “You see, the kind of power we’re talking about comes from within you, and is tapped directly from the divine.”

Eliza shook her head. “This is too much…power? The divine? And the curse! I still don’t know what to do about the curse, or how to find Isadora.”


“Yes, your cousin Isadora,” said Miss Emmy. “She was so close to finding some real answers. Every curse has an antedote, so to speak, a way to break the spell. Isadora became obsessed, tortured by the search for the one who cursed your lineage so long ago.”

“But the one who cursed us must be dead!”

“Not if the curse is still in effect,” said Emmy.

“I don’t understand, Miss Emmy. That was my Great Great Aunt’s family…”

“My dear, immortality does exist, and not just in fairy tales. Find the one who cursed your family. She would be over 100 now, but she would look as young as the day she laid the curse.”

“But I don’t know where to begin, Emmy,” said Eliza.

Emmy smiled and pulled a book out of her bag. “This may help.” Eliza took the book. It was bound with a rich leather and looked very old. “It is an account of Isabelle DiPotere, found in one of the old houses in Pleasantville.”

Eliza took the book gently, for fear the aging pages may crumble and turn to dust. “Thank you Emmy,” she said. “Thank you for helping me find my cousin, and my history.”

Go on to Chapter Six

10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2009 6:04 am

    Cool – flashback time!
    I really like how you do the flashback pictures.

  2. pieridae permalink*
    March 26, 2009 9:21 am

    Thanks! Glad you like them. 🙂

  3. March 27, 2009 12:19 pm

    Oooh, I’m very curious. Thanks for writing and posting such an involving story.

  4. pieridae permalink*
    March 27, 2009 1:15 pm

    A new reader, how cool. Welcome forestpixie and thank you!

  5. March 27, 2009 3:12 pm

    Your pictures are so perfect! You definitely have me hooked!

  6. pieridae permalink*
    March 27, 2009 5:06 pm

    Thanks tacy! Glad you’re enjoying my re-do.

  7. March 28, 2009 7:05 am

    Awesome! I’m sooo loving this trip down memory lane!

  8. pieridae permalink*
    March 29, 2009 1:09 am

    Yay! Thanks Deb, good to see you here.

  9. lynncutie414 permalink
    April 4, 2009 1:17 pm

    your story is soo cool i like this story

  10. pieridae permalink*
    April 4, 2009 6:58 pm

    Thanks lynn!

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