Honesty is Met with Judgement at the Van Gogh café (an Excerpt from The Golden Age Dawns)

the-starry-night-18891Colin’s favourite painting was ‘Night and Wheat Field with Cypresses’. The painting reminded Colin of happy childhood memories that he sometimes remembered.

“Linda, these remind me of simple things that look amazing to me. Like the beautiful rays of sunlight as it lights up the vivid green leaves in a tree. The blanket of starlight that covers the fields of grass that you can see out in the country where there are only a few lights – just like in this picture…… Starry Night. I remember from being in the scouts.”

Linda said “my father’s country home in England looks like what you just mentioned Colin. I know exactly what you mean.”

She smiled at him whimsically. He sometimes felt like that recently, since meeting The Protector. Things weren’t so mundane anymore. He was sometimes amazed at the beauty in very simple things.

Time didn’t seem to exist on this day for Colin and Linda. Time seemed somehow elastic. Time seemed not to apply to them at all as they walked through the rooms mesmerised by the paintings.

They sat in the in the museum. Colin looked troubled, as if a cloud was covering the sun. His brow was beginning to wrinkle and he was quiet.

Linda looked towards him, concerned. “What is it Colin, you look a bit troubled?”

Colin said “I told you about what happened in the European Union building. But I didn’t tell you everything.”

Colin spoke in a low, hushed voice and released the burden of his secret.

“Linda I felt something then, or even heard something. I heard a voice that gave me clear directions how to get out of there, I was in serious danger. He defended me and my two friends and I don’t think he was of this world. I followed his advice and we were all right. But I think he calmed us down afterwards too. I told you that we nearly got mugged that time and the same thing happened. I was given what I considered to be crazy advice but I did it and my friends and I were fine at the end of it. Linda, I haven`t said this to anyone except you. What do you think?”

Grey clouds were rolling across the sky, covering the sun as they looked out the window, like a storm was threatening.

Linda drummed her fingers on the table and she lifted her teacup slowly to her mouth. She flicked her hair over her shoulder. She sat upright, her fingers on the table pointed and moving slightly as if she had a pen and writing notes, falling into her role as a clinical psychologist. She sat silently in deep contemplation. Suddenly Linda spoke.

“Colin, this thing….. this being….. this ‘he’……. he tells you only things that help in a positive way?”

Colin said “well, kind of, he helps when I am in trouble. He calms me when I am stressed.”

Linda said “ok, well at least this voice, as you call it, is a positive influence. Why do you think it’s real?”

Colin said, with hope in his eyes that Linda would understand, “I don’t have proof.”

Linda said, in a dictatorial voice, “Colin, thanks for sharing this with me and thanks for your trust. This being is not real. There are patients of mine who experience what are called hallucinations. They hear, see or feel things that aren’t there. This results almost invariably in the person being medicated with drugs or put in a psychiatric hospital or, God help us, E.C.T can be administered.”

Colin said in a worried tone, leaning closer to Linda and almost whispering. “so you think this is nutty talk?”

“In my profession, we don’t use words like ‘nutty’, Colin.”

Colin felt that Linda’s tone was very different than the funny, sexy Linda that Colin knew. She was talking like his counsellor used to talk to him.

“Colin, your way of travelling is difficult…… very long journeys on trains and living in hostels with people you don’t know…….. so you can be under stress.”

“Right so you think I`m crazy?!”

Linda’s voice became more firm. “Colin, you know how much I care for you. I would advise you not to say this to anyone even if you think they will understand because, most likely, people won’t. I’m speaking from experience – many of my patients imagine things.”

Colin stared at the table and looked disappointed.

“Well ok, I’m sorry I mentioned it.”

Linda stepped out of her role of clinical psychologist, reached out for Colin’s hand and gently cupped his hand in hers. They held hands across the table. Linda felt cruel for advising Colin this way but she felt it was necessary advice.

Colin straightened up and looked Linda in the eye. He saw concern in her face. He knew she was trying to help.

“Right Linda, ye know I feel much better even just talking about it, you’re a good therapist, love. Yes I think you are right, now that I think about it. Thanks for listening to me.”

Linda noticed that it was as if a light had gone out in Colin’s eyes and he looked disappointed…… as if he wanted to talk more about something very dear to him.

“Colin, you can talk to me about this again if you wish. I’m just warning you not to tell people in general.”

Colin smiled. “Thanks Linda, yeah, thanks. It felt good saying it to ye any way. I will take you up on your offer!”

Linda smiled. “Well Col, that’s my job!” Linda giggled a little and rose up from the table. “Now let’s do something fun!!”

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Gabriel Woods

I am the author of The Golden Age Dawns, a fantasy science fiction book.I have traveled to many countries around the world including India, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. I have worked in mental health and disability for most of my life. I have an honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Aid-work Management, a Certificate in Counseling Skills and I am a certified coach. I have written my first novel, The Golden Age Dawns which will be published in Amazon at the end of April. I have a Kindle book available in Amazon Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom which is very popular and has achieve high ratings. I have always aimed to help and support people all my working life. Much of my learning from this is in my book, some of the ideas I share on this blogging site along with beautiful places I write about that I have traveled to. I am concerned about world politics at the moment and hope that my new book will go toward making the world a better place and helping individuals feel better about themselves. I am living in Ireland near Dublin. Apart from writing my book I have been working as a volunteer on a helpline for people with depression, bipolar and depression. What I love most is traveling and sunny countries. I love to visit important spiritual, religious, or historic places when I am in holiday but I also like holidays on the beach. I have a wide variety of music that I like from pop music to dance music and rock music. My hobbies are social commentary, politics, reading all kinds of books, the gym, gardening, D.I.Y. I love to socialize and meet new people. I like to learn new things. I am the author of: Easter Rising 1916, A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom My Novel The Golden Age Dawns. Gabriel Woods achieved a degree in psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He then studied a postgraduate course in UCD which focused on the management of humanitarian aid work. He learned about African culture and the issues aid workers face in Africa. Gabriel Woods has travelled around the world. He has lived in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. He explored important religious and cultural Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim sites of India. He learned about the spiritual practices of the people that live and worship there. Gabriel Woods also spent time exploring important aboriginal sites in Australia and the lessons aboriginals have for humanity. Gabriel Woods has lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. He has travelled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. These sites throughout the world that Gabriel has visited have had a profound effect on him which he expresses as he writes about these areas in his novel. Gabriel has returned to Ireland. He worked voluntarily for Aware helpline that supports people experiencing depression and anxiety. He is now a fully qualified life coach. He lives in a village near the banks of The Royal Canal.

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