Wow, Annie, you had some excellent, vivid descriptions. Joe's character especially was spot on: that spark of pride driving him to do reckless things, followed by piteous regret when he's hurt and just wants his Pa! I'm glad Ben was able to set his fears of divine judgment at rest in the end. Good theology has a way of doing that. ;)
The incident with the tree was terrifying. I saw a tree fall on my dad once, and it was one of the most heart-pounding moments of my life.
And I enjoyed the mention of "Kathleen Mavourneen." It's a beautiful old song and one of my favorites.
Keep up the good work! Author's Response:
Aww! Thanks, PotP! I was pleasantly surprised at this story's reception when I first posted it--after all it was my very first try at fanfiction of any kind.
That must have been terrifying! I've never seen a tree fall on anyone--well other than on movies, but that doesn't really count. I hope he wasn't hurt too badly.
The first time I heard "Kathleen Mavourneen" was on the film "Gettysburg"; I quickly fell in love with the song and I couldn't miss a chance to put it in a story and share it with others.