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I would sit here rocking, but I don't have a rocking chair. I do have a wicker chair. It has a foot stool. So, I can put my feet up at least. It's not the same as rocking with the breeze blowing gently against me. The smell of honeysuckle teasing my nose. The sound of Gram in the kitchen, cooking up her wondrous delights.

It's been many years since those things have been a part of my life. This wicker chair that doesn't rock just can't compare. Her death changed the course of my life. Dealing with the unexpected, large inheritance by disappearing off to college had worked. Who gets seventy six million dollars as they turn eighteen? I took the time to figure out what I was doing.

Cynthia and I traveled each summer. We toured Europe that first summer. Dublin, Ireland was where the second life changing event happened. Seeing the Book of Kells gave me a passion to pursue. That gorgeous illuminated manuscript inspired my life long collection of those wonderful works of art. The Porta Caeli manuscript is the pinnacle of my collection. Tomorrow, I would possess the key to open it.

Even though the La Chiave Fiore didn't in any way look like a key, I have a growing conviction that this is it. Negotiations to purchase the key from the church outside of Florence took longer than I expected. Cyn was coming over tomorrow to be with me when I finally open the manuscript.

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"Alright Meredith, let's do this!" Cynthia grabbed my arm excitedly.

I looked over at her. I was just as excited as she was. I took the Porta Caeli out of the vault and laid it gently on the table in my office. I picked up the small gold flower. It really did just look like a button.

"Here we go," I said as I fit the loop on the back of the key to the small hole on the lock of the manuscript.

With a click, they key slid into place and the lock fell open.

"It worked."

With gentle fingers, I opened the leather cover. A blinding light lit the room suddenly.

"Meredith!" Cynthia grabbed my arm again. "What is that?"

I stared, frightened as I saw my office fade away. Cynthia was looking around as well.

"Oh my, Cyn, do you know what Porta Caeli means? It means Gate of Heaven."



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This is my entry for LJ Idol: S10 Second Chance, Week 2. The topic this week was “Front Porch".

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Date: 2017-03-15 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-17bingo.livejournal.com
I had a feeling something was up when they had to go to Florence to get the key, as opposed to the key being with the book itself. I wasn't expecting that, though. This entry was lively and descriptive and was a lot of fun.

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Date: 2017-03-18 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
Thanks! The key disappeared about 200 years ago. I'm thinking someone deliberately separated them.

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Date: 2017-03-15 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alycewilson.livejournal.com
At least it's not the doorway to hell!

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Date: 2017-03-15 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildrose.livejournal.com
True that!

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Date: 2017-03-18 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
lol Right!

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Date: 2017-03-15 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildrose.livejournal.com
As a former student of Latin, I knew that was what it meant ;)
Still wouldn't have expected the story to turn out like it did!

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Date: 2017-03-18 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
Go you! I'm hoping there wasn't a really good reason the key was separated from the book. ;)

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Date: 2017-03-17 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fodschwazzle.livejournal.com
I definitely thought about this take while I was trying to consider this prompt--using the etymology of porch to dig in is clever. It does seem that our protagonists have perhaps stumbled into more than they bargained for with this book. Nicely done.

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Date: 2017-03-18 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
Thanks! It was definitely more than bargained for.

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Date: 2017-03-18 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magazhchi.livejournal.com
Ha. This was clever and unexpected. Well done.

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Date: 2017-03-20 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2017-03-19 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aresrising05.livejournal.com
I'm not from the US, so I didn't get how the 'Front Porch' prompt conjured the sense of hearth and home until I read this stories and others like it.

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Date: 2017-03-20 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading.
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