Chapter 5 – Who is Grace Forrest?

The angle of the warm sun shining through the window gently touched Molly’s face, where she laid asleep on the daybed. It was mid morning as she stirred from a deep sleep. Drowsily, she rolled against the upright caste iron bars that made up the back of the daybed, where normally she would have rolled over to get out of her bed. Sleepy and disorientated, she stared at the wall, getting her bearings taking in where she actually was. This was the first night she had slept in The Attic. She laughed at herself, when she realised what she was doing, and rolled over getting out the other side of the day bed. Her bare feet felt the contrast of the cool floor boards and the roughness of the rag rug in the middle of the room as she walked over to the window. 

“Another beautiful day in paradise,” she said out aloud. “Good morning Will, my beautiful soul, wherever you are! And good morning Grace, I shall be back after breakfast.” Yawning, she stretched her body, walked sleepily down the stairs to the kitchen and put the kettle on. Staring out the back window she saw the old chicken house and rundown pen. ‘Is it time to get some chickens? Nah, not yet,’ she thought to herself. She and Will planned to do a few more road trips and weren’t ready to make the commitment of having animals just yet. But it will be nice….one day…

The whistling kettle brought her attention back to the kitchen. “Righto Myrtle! Coming,” she sang. Like most things Molly owned, they all had a name. Screaming Myrtle was the kettle, Henry – the car (because he is a Ford), and Mr Mac was her laptop, to recall just a few.

With breakfast made, she took the tray containing her muesli and yoghurt, the tea pot and two cups, up the stairs to The Attic. There it was again, smiling to herself as she felt that odd sensation whilst walking up the stairs. It was hard to describe, being a mixture of cold chills and warm fuzzies, it felt like walking through a curtain of static electricity. This morning it was even stronger. The phone in her back pocket vibrated, made a chiming sound letting her know that her morning text from Will had arrived. She smiled, placing the tray on the sea chest, sat in the arm chair and read his message. Breakfast and messages finished, she got up and sat at the desk, lazily swinging the captain’s chair from side to side before she began her morning meditation. It was glorious outside, warm, sunny and just a slight breeze. The occasional bird made its presence felt with a loud song just outside the window, Molly having slept through the beautiful morning chorus they provide in the earlier hours.

After meditating for 15 minutes, she opened her eyes to find that the room was filled with darkness, and waited for her eyes to adjust, revealing a dull grey light. The curtains were drawn, but she had not done this! Throwing open the curtains and letting the light back into the room, she was interrupted by a voice, “it is much easier to see me in the half light”. It was Grace Forrest. Molly looked over at the armchair from where the voice had come and captured a glimpse of Grace. Quickly she closed the curtains again. Grace’s presence took on an almost human form, light radiated out around her creating what looked like an aura. She was Grace personified in human form today. Molly was mesmerised, in awe of her almost-physical presence, emanating an energy that was tangible, magnificent! This amazing being did remind Molly of her guardian angel,  her spiritual mentor, her wise councillor, her advisor, protector,  provider, whom she herself had once called Grace. Tears streamed down her cheeks as she sat in the captain’s chair, spellbound by an ancient memory stirring within her. Could this be possible? That the Grace who was her guardian angel, could now also be in this house in an area she had not even grown up in? Was it possible that this same being, coming to her as the spirit of Grace Forrest, the previous lady of the house whom once lived here over one hundred years ago, could be one and the same? And that she, Molly Ferguson had once been her spiritual muse! So many questions flooded through her mind, but where was she to start? Lost for actual words, she began with a casual, “Morning Grace”.

“Morning Honey, thanks for bringing me a cup of tea. I’ll work on being able to drink it next time!” Grace chuckled. “Isn’t this grand, being able to visit the Physical World again? And you can see me, yes?”

“Oooh yes!” exclaimed Molly, her eyebrows raised unable to contain her surprise.

“Now, there are a couple of guidelines you need to be aware of. Firstly, I am only able to be here with you in this room, no other parts of the Physical World, unless there is a greater purpose required. Secondly, to begin with, Will cannot see me. He may hear me from time to time, you know, when I play with the lights, TV or the computer to get your attention. You will both know that is me. He will eventually be able to see me, but this must be a gradual process. Thirdly, only a selected few in the Physical World can visit this room. And finally, I want you to help me turn my journal into a novel. Are you willing?”

“Absolutely!” Molly answered loud and clearly, having found her voice.

“Grace, can I ask you something?” Molly asked politely.

“Sure Honey, you can ask me anything, whether I will answer or not depends on the question!” Grace replied candidly.

“Are you the same being I knew as my guardian angel?”

“Yes.”

“Are you the spirit of Grace Forrest?”

“Yes. Now maybe something a little more interesting?” Grace teased her.

“Oh sure, ummm…. Why am I here, in this house?” Molly asked.

“Because you wished it, and because I wished it. I knew you would be coming when I was….when I had a body. I wrote about it, remember? My journal was the reason why the room had been locked up. My dear sister Meg was terribly superstitious and after going through my belongings up here in this room, she came across the journal. Well, the concept of spirit communication confirmed in my writings made her leave the room in such a hurry. All she wanted to do was lock the door and throw away the key. So she had everything moved into this space by the bottom of the stairs and the false wall built. Everything was sealed off until you moved in. Right people, right time, right place, because the Wheels of Destiny began to move. 

Molly, there is much to be remembered from when you were in the Spirit World yourself, before being born into this life experience. You used to visit me here, as my guardian angel, my Muse. It is you that helped me when I prayed for it, after Callum died. God sent you. You would come to me as I do now for you. It was then that I began to write the story, with your help. You knew you would be coming into this life, in this way. And now it is my turn to help you write your stories, and together turn this journal into a novel and also a story of your own which is yet to be written. 

Oh there are so many more of us here, whom you are yet to meet!” Grace said, her energy sparkling, pleased with the progress they were making. Their conversation continued throughout most of the day. During the following weeks whilst Will was away, they began to explore the magic of which The Attic was made of, this doorway between Heaven and Earth. Sometimes Grace would visit, but mostly in those early days, their communications began through Molly’s writing. Each morning she would have breakfast and then go up stairs to The Attic with a pot of tea and two cups.  She smiled at the casualness between them now. How was she going to explain this to Will? But he was more ready for this than she was aware of.

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