Weekend Writing Warriors 8 – 5/24/2020 – The Five Barred Gate

Welcome back, Weekend Writing Warriors. Here we go. We left you hanging last week off a pretty good cliff. What could Renae’s news bring? Jacob has not seen her in a three months, longer if you consider their separation. What damage could have been done during this time? And could there be a possibility of reparation after this bomb is dropped? And better yet… is Edwards involved somehow?

Without any further delay, let’s get into it. First here is where we left off last week:
“What?” she asked, unsure of the intent behind his smile.

“I’ve missed you, Renae.”

“Look,” she started, refusing to meet his eyes. “There is something you need to know.”

The Five Barred Gate Synopsis:
Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Non-Offensive Movement in the United States became federal law? What would happen to the freedoms guaranteed to us through the Constitution? This is the story of Jacob Andrews. He is faced with the decision to follow his heart and disregard what the law says about how he should live; even if it means his life.

This can’t be good, he thought, but remained silent, waiting.

“Jacob,” Renae fumbled with trying to find the right words. “You may not know this; I’m sure you don’t know, or we wouldn’t be having this conversation.” She paused and drew in a deep breath. “Look, there’s no easy way to say this, so I’m going to come right out an say it. For the last month or so I’ve been kinda seeing someone.”


“Jake, you have to understand. I thought you were dead.”

“Wait. Dead? How? Why?” he stumbled over his words. “What would make you think I was dead?”

***Well Mighty Warriors that is this week’s snippet. I was debating on not using the relaxed rules to pursue more. Still getting used to breaking the law. But, curiosity won over, so here you go…***

“[After our argument] I was told you were being taken to county lock-up. I put your truck in daddy’s garage to keep them from towing it, and a day or so later, I drove it back to your place. I let myself in so I could leave the keys inside. You have to understand how angry I was with you. I went through some of your things, and I found your coffee can, just like the one we used to keep at the house. So… I took the money from it to help with Michael. A week later I got a call saying you were killed while trying to escape.”

Jacob forced his jaw closed. He sat stunned for a long moment before he could find any words to say.

“Who called you?” he said at last. “Who told you I was dead?”

* * *

Well, you guessed it, the BF bomb was dropped. But what is this? Someone passing on information that Jacob had tried to escape only a week into his three month sentence? Very interesting. But who is this mysterious leaker? and who is this new beau?

Can’t wait till next week to find out more? The Five Barred Gate is available for purchase on Amazon. Hardback, Paperback, and Kindle versions are available. The link is at the bottom of this post.

You can also purchase direct from me by visiting my Home Page. There is a buy now link at the bottom of the screen. The benefit of buying direct is that you will receive a signed copy.

Below that link is my Children’s book series Elissa the Curious Snail. It is a series of books about an adorable snail that teaches children about prayer and believing in themselves. Series at 4 books.

You can also read about updates regarding my next novel due out in August of 2020, Little Reminders of Who I Am as well as my current Untitled work.

Fellow Warriors, I also have begun writing a weekly blog that you see posted in between these snippets. Check them out and I would love to hear your thoughts.

AND if you have little warriors running around I now have many of my Children’s Short Stories on this website. They were originally on my Elissa the Curious Snail publisher’s website, but I now control that domain and am in the process of moving that content here. I am adding new stories daily, until the transfer is complete. These are great bedtime or anytime short stories. Check them out.

In His Exciting Service,

Jeff S. Bray

The Five Barred Gate is Available on Amazon

Elissa the Curious Snail Series

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16 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors 8 – 5/24/2020 – The Five Barred Gate

    1. Hahaha. Yes, I would guess so. I will have to admit though, in retrospect, my timeline here is a bit screwy. I mean moving on three months after a death… come on. But it does make sense though. You do have to know the full story to understand though.


  1. Uh oh. A snake is in the garden (or some such goofy axiom). Someone wanted to break them up. Bet it’s the new boyfriend. I’d think she would’ve waited longer than 3 months, though.

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    1. Who benefits, indeed. Yes, I love leaving something in the air, the big …dum,dum,duummmmm, moment. Wont have to wait long. Saturday will be here before you know it. Who knows, there just might be one more up my sleeve.


  2. A lot of events in one snippet! These two obviously have a complicated history (although she moved on after his ‘death’ in a month?)…enjoyed the excerpt. It advanced the story right along and raised many questions inagoodway!

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  3. Wow, this definitely took a turn I wasn’t expecting! I’m looking forward to learning more about these two and their past, and finding out who’s trying to ruin any possibility of a future between them.


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