Welcome to my Legacy!
In the Prologue, Abiona, the Founder, lost her father,
discovered that her late mother might have been a witch and
that she probably was one too. She ran away from her mean
and calculating stepmother in the hopes of learning more
about who she really is.
Abiona had been travelling for a week when she
stumbled upon a small village named Shelterwoods.
She liked the sound of that name. After all, a shelter
was what she wanted. A place far away from her step-
mother, somewhere she could find answers.
She asked around and learned that there was a small
house for sale outside of town. She made her way over
there and immediately knew she had found the place
for her. It wasn’t much. The house was really tiny and
was nothing like her former home, but it would be
The small amount of money Abby had managed to
bring with her was rapidly decreasing. As she was
climbing into bed, she realized that she would have to
do something about it and find some work.
“I can do it,” she told herself, as she was falling asleep.
“I’m sure someone in town will have the need for a
maid, or something.” Abiona was ready to do whatever
it would take to make sure she’d never have to go
crawling back to Amelia.
In the meantime, she started to grow tomatoes, hoping
to sell them at the market and earn some money. She
found the work tedious but enjoyable.
Soon, she learned that the local paper’s editor, Mr.
Clarke, was looking for a new employee. Abiona went
to meet him and convinced him to give her the job.
But, after her first day, the man was less than
impressed and asked her not to come back.
Humiliated, Abby came back home feeling completely
“I should’ve done more with myself while Father was
alive,” she thought. “I wouldn’t be struggling so much
She couldn’t help but cry, missing her father, her
home and everything she’d been used to. Money had
never been an issue before and now, it was all she
could think about.
And she had not even started to research things about
her mother and her possible powers. She felt like a
“That’s enough!” Abby exclaimed. “I will not let one bad
day set me back. I will show that Mr. Clarke that he
made a mistake. One day, I will be his boss and I will
oversee all of the County’s newspapers! He’ll see!”
Knowing she had pushed aside the issue long enough,
she went back to her mother’s journal and reread
“There must be something in here that will tell me
where to look, a hint, something!”
That’s when she noticed that the late Diana sometimes
wrote “we” instead of “I”.
“Which should mean that there are other witches out
there…” whispered Abby.
She started to go into town more often, trying to subtly
ask questions and listening to all the gossip. Maybe
someone would say something interesting.
That’s when she met Jake Huntzberger.
They saw each other quite often around town. Abby
quickly realized that he knew nothing that could help
her, but still, she felt drawn to him.
Jake had lived all his life in Shelterwoods with his
family and was delighted to meet the newcomer. And
she was so pretty! He was instantly smitten.
One day, while strolling through Brightwood Forest,
Abiona crossed Mr. Lillard.
“How are you feeling this morning?” Abby asked him.
“Actually, not too well,” Mr. Lillard replied. “In fact, I
was on my way to see Mrs. Wilson,” he paused. “You
know,” he added, seeing the Abiona’s confused look,
“well, to get a… ahem… potion,” he said quietly,
leaning in and leaving quite quickly afterwards.
Abby thought about what Mr. Lillard had said all the
way back home and for a good part of the day, while
taking care of her garden.
She finally felt she had discovered something of
interest. She had never seen Mrs. Wilson since she
had settled in Shelterwoods but had heard of her once
But nothing until today could have made her think
that Mrs. Wilson was not an ordinary woman.
Jake started to call on Abiona as often as he could
without seeming too obvious. The more time he spent
with her, the more he liked her.
Abiona was also falling for him. Jake was always there
for her when she needed him. They would talk about
nothing and everything, spending more and more time
together. Still, Abby wasn’t sure if she should tell him
about her mother and her secret…
She decided to find out more about Mrs. Wilson before
talking to Jake. After all, she didn’t even know if it was
possible to be a witch.
“I don’t want to make a fool out of myself and scare
him away,” she thought, as she looked at her dear
It didn’t take her long to find out that Mrs. Wilson lived
in Brightwood, a neighboring village.
Abiona waited for her to be alone to go talk to the
“Hello, Mrs. Wilson,” she began nervously. “I’m sorry, I
know we haven’t been introduced, but I really need to
speak with you.”
“I see. And who are you, my child?”
“My name is Abiona Ward.”
The woman looked startled for a moment. “Well, well,
well! The Ward lineage has not disappeared after all!
Interesting!” she said, looking pleased.
“You know something about my family?” asked Abby,
suddenly feeling excited.
“I know a lot of things, Miss Ward.”
“Can you please tell me what you know? I have so
many questions and you’re the first person I’ve met
that can help me,” Abiona added, almost pleading.
“Now, now, we’re not to talk about all of that stuff
here, in town. Too many ears…” Mrs. Wilson said,
looking around. “But I will visit you soon. You seem
like a sweet girl, I will help you if I can.”
“Oh! Thank you so much, Mrs. Wilson!”
“You can call me Linda. And in the meantime, it is very
important that you keep what you think you know for
yourself, understood?” the woman added with a
“I promise,” replied Abiona, relieved she had not
confided in Jake.
Her relationship with the young man was as perfect as
it could be.
“You know, Abby,” he told her one day, “I’ve always
dreamed of meeting someone like you. You are so real,
Abiona couldn’t help but feel a bit guilty as he spoke,
knowing she was keeping something from him. But
she knew she had to follow Linda’s advice. So she just
“Abby, I love you,” he whispered into her ear just
before he kissed her for the first time.
She felt herself blush, so happy she had found him.
A few days later, Linda came by, as promised. Abiona
greeted her with enthusiasm, ready to finally learn
about her mother and all that witchy stuff, as she had
“I believe you have questions, Abiona,” Linda began, as
they sat down.
“I do. I guess the most important one is: Was my
mother really a witch, like I read in her journal, and
am I one, too?”
And Linda told Abiona that since the dawn of time,
there had been families of witches. Not many, but
some and they all knew about the others. She
explained that, as Diana had written, the power was
transmitted from a mother to her eldest daughter.
“So, I really am a witch,” Abby said softly, finally
“Yes, but I can see that you have not come into your
own, yet. Normally this happens much earlier, but
since your mother died, she didn’t complete the
process with you.”
“How can I trigger my powers? And what will I be able
to do?” asked Abiona.
“I will give you a spell book and a cauldron. You will
have to study and work hard, there is no other way.
You have the gene, you just need to use what you’ve
got,” answered the witch. “At first, you will only be able
to do small spells, but if you practice, you’ll learn
“Also, I’ve heard that you and the youngest
Huntzberger are becoming quite close.”
“We’re in love,” Abby blushed.
“That’s very well. After all, you will have to keep the
Ward lineage going. But you have to make sure he
never knows about your powers! Witches have been
hunted for centuries and still now, people are wary of
us. They must not know about us.”
“But, Mr. Lillard, the other day…” Abiona began.
“They buy remedies, nothing magical about that, only
plants and herbs. It must stay that way. I will help you
create a hidden room if you need.”
Seeing the look of worry on Abiona’s face, she added
that she had one too and that if she had managed to
keep her secret from her husband all these years,
Abby would be able to do so as well.
Then, Linda left Abiona to think about all she had
Curiously, at the same time, Abby felt something wash
through her, like a wave.
Not long after, as she was taking a stroll in Brightwood
with Jake, they started to talk about the future.
“Abby, I’ve told you how much I love you. And I hope
I’m not too presumptuous, but I think you love me,
too. I promise you my love will never falter. Maybe it’s
time for us to consider marriage?” Jake said, looking
intensely in her eyes. “I know you miss having a
family. We could have one of our own.”
“Jake,” said Abiona, as she got on her knee. “I don’t
think I’ve told you how much I do love you. You are the
most wonderful man I’ve ever met. I’ve been thinking
about our future, too. I know it’s not traditional for the
woman to ask for it, but…” she took her breath,
“would you make me your wife?”
Jake was startled. It was just like Abby to surprise him
like that. That was why he loved her so much.
“Of course, I’ll make you my wife! And you’ll be the
happiest woman in Shelterwoods, I promise you that!”
They fell into each other's arms, already looking
forward their life together.
Some weeks later, at sunset, Jake’s family and friends,
as well as a few people Abiona had grown to know
since her arrival in Shelterwoods, gathered at the
small house to ear the couple’s vows.
“Jake, I promise to love you and to cherish you until
my death. I'm so lucky to have met you. Our marriage
will be a blissful one.”
“My wonderful, sweet Abiona, I’ve loved you since the
first time we met and I swear to take care of you and
give you the life and family you deserve.”
With a kiss, they sealed their union while everyone
manifested their joy. Everybody could see that Jake
and Abiona were made for each other and that they
would be happy together.
With Jake moving in, the Wards were able to make
some changes. They quickly demolished the old, small
house to build something more suited for a family.
They settle into married life quite easily, finding it
reassuring to be able to see each other every day.
At breakfast, Abiona mentioned how she was still hurt
by her dismissal from the paper by Mr. Clarke.
“I really want to prove to him, and to everyone, that I
can make it!” she exclaimed. “He did not even give me
a proper chance.”
“I know, sweetheart,” replied Jake, comprehensively.
“I’ve heard about the Old Shelterton Herald looking for
someone…” continued Abiona. “I thought I might go
over there and introduce myself. What do you think,
“You know I will always support you, whatever you
may do, Abby. If you really want this, we’ll make it
work. I know you’re talented. And we both know we
could use the money.”
Jake understood why his wife wished to prove herself,
she was a proud woman and he loved her
determination. So, when she got the job, he told her
once again that everything would be all right and that
they would still find time for one another.
Jake was right, of course. And at night, they would
spend a lot of time thinking about the children they
both wished for.
“Abby,” Jake confessed, “I really hope to be a grand-
father, someday. I’d like to have at least six grand-
“Well, honey, why don’t we make sure that happens?”
Abiona said, leaning towards him. She was as eager as
he was to welcome a child, hoping that it would be a
little girl that could carry out the name and the witch
Soon enough, Abiona started to feel more tired and
particularly emotional. Everything was going well at
the Herald, she impressed everyone there. And Jake
was as nice and understanding as he had always been.
Then, she realized that she was finally pregnant.
“Of course! It makes so much sense! Why didn’t I think
of it sooner?” she told herself. “I can’t wait to tell Jake!”
Her husband was more than delighted by the good
news and became even more protective of Abiona
during her pregnancy.
He would spend hours talking to her belly, with Abby
looking at him lovinly.
“Hello, little one. Daddy can’t wait to meet you!”
Abiona’s boss at The Old Shelterton Herald was also
very happy to learn she would soon become a mother.
He generously offered her to stay home until her son or
daughter was born.
Abby took advantage of the situation to spend some
time working on her magic. She could only do so while
Jake was at work, so that he wouldn’t become
While the new house was being constructed, with the
help of Linda, Abiona had managed to build a small
room, hidden behind a bookcase, where she stored her
spell book, her cauldron and the reagents she made.
But Abiona realized that using her powers required a
lot of work. And with the birth of her child fast
approaching, she didn’t know if she would progress
“I guess even some magic is better than none,” she
said, as she was once again left her secret room. Then,
talking to her belly, she added “If you’re a little girl, I
will make sure you are more prepared for this than I
Labor surprised Abiona, one night, as she was about
to take a long bubble bath.
“Jake!” she screamed and her husband came running.
“What is it, honey?”
“It’s time, it’s… time,” she said, trying to suppress a
moan. “The baby is coming.”
“Oh! Wow! Okay!” Jake didn’t know what to do with
himself. As much as he wanted a family, seeing his
wife in pain was not something he was comfortable
“I’ll go fetch the midwife, Abby. Don’t you worry, I’ll be
right back,” he added as he rushed to get his coat, not
even bothering to get fully dressed.
The delivery took many hours, but in the end, Abiona
was really proud to introduce Jake to his son.
“He’s so small,” Jake said, looking at the baby. “And so
beautiful! Abby, you’ve done so well.”
“He is absolutely adorable, isn’t he? He has your eyes
and your hair, too.”
“He's perfect. I’d like to call him Francis, what do you
say?” whispered Jake, looking at his son.
“Francis. I like it. It suits him,” answered Abiona.
Linda Wilson was amongst the first ones to pay a visit
to the new family member. When the baby went to
sleep, she took Abiona aside.
“Well, my sweet girl, you have a beautiful son.”
“Thank you, Linda. Being a mother is absolutely
wonderful. And Jake is so great with him!”
“Good, good,” nodded the witch before becoming more
serious. “But you do remember that the Ward lineage
can only be carried by a girl?”
Abiona suddenly felt very protective of her son. “I do.
Jake and I want to have more children and I’m sure
we’ll be blessed by a girl sooner or later. But for now, I
just want to enjoy Francis. He needs me.”
“Yes, well, don’t forget that you have a duty,” Linda
said before leaving.
It had been the first time Abiona felt as if Linda was
not fully supportive of her.
“I don’t care if you’re not a girl, Francis. I love you just
as you are,” she later told her son. “I know I wished for
an heiress, but then I wouldn’t have you.”
She just couldn’t picture her life without the little boy
anymore. The lineage would have to wait. She was still
young and she wanted Francis to feel how much he
had been wanted and how much both his parents
Francis was a good baby, a real joy for both his
Jake was always happy to take care of him, feeding
him, bathing him and helping him fall asleep with a
But as Abiona secretly continued to learn about her
powers, she still couldn’t shake away the feeling that
she was ignoring her true duty.
After all, Linda had told her very clearly. Only girls
could be witches. And she also wished she had
someone who would understand her, someone she
could be completely truthful with.
One morning, Jake and her had a talk.
“Honey, do you remember when you told me you
wanted a large family?”
“Of course, I do, sweetheart,” he replied.
“Well, what do you say we try for another baby? I’m
ready. And I don’t think it would be a problem at the
“Oh! Abby! That would make me so happy!” Jake
exclaimed. “If you’re sure, I am too. And maybe this
time, we’ll have a little girl, how wonderful would that
“It would be amazing,” she smiled.
It didn’t take long for Abiona to start feeling like while
she was pregnant with Francis. Every morning, she
would wake up with nausea and she could feel her
body changing. But this time, she felt even more tired.
Jake was worried about her.
“Abby, you have to rest,” he tried to convince her. “I
want both you and the baby to be in perfect health
when you give birth.”
“I know,” she sighed. “I just don’t understand why this
pregnancy is so difficult compared to the previous
“I don’t know either, sweetheart, but I urge you. Don’t
Abiona nodded, knowing he was right.
Time was going by very quickly and Francis was
Jake and he had to celebrate his first birthday by
themselves, as Abiona kept the bed. She was
devastated that she couldn’t be there to see her son
blow his candles, but Jake had insisted. He knew she
was feeling worse than she admitted.
He made sure to keep Francis busy so that he
wouldn’t realize his mother was missing. The two men
of the house spent the entire day playing, reading and
just being boys together.
Francis became a very playful toddler who took great
care of his toys, but who could also throw fits if things
didn’t go his way, which seemed to happen a lot, as he
was not the most patient little boy.
Later, as Abiona was having a bite of Francis’ birthday
cake, she thought about the baby to come.
“I really hope you are a little girl…” she whispered. “I
don’t think another pregnancy would be a good idea. I
already feel so weak...”
She rubbed her belly, praying she would soon have an
That's it for this time! I hope you enjoyed this chapter!
All comments are welcomed over at Boolprop.
Until next time...
Will Abiona give birth to a girl to carry the lineage, as
she hopes? Will she be able to balance her career, her
personal life and the discovery of her magical abilities?
Will Jake ever find out he married a witch? How is
Francis going to grow up?
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