The Crocus Bed (Short)

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Caught in a storm on the unsettled prairie, Marram’s only shelter becomes her worst nightmare. More
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About Rebecca Brae

My insatiable curiosity about people and culture developed at an early age, and was likely the result of many European misadventures and my experiences living in England, Denmark, and Canada. There is nothing like playing among the columns of a Bronze Age palace surrounded by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean to pique an eight year old’s interest and imagination.

I focused my University studies in Classical Archeology and Literature, Physical Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminology. For those of you questioning my use of the word 'focused' …well, you’ll just have to trust me when I say that I couldn’t file my interests down to any sharper a point. I tried. The yearly course lists crammed with intriguing possibilities made me feel like a kid in a candy store – one of those really big stores with colorful jars lining the walls from floor to ceiling.

My career path has continued in the same vein. I was my grandmother’s caregiver for two years; an opportunity for which I am ever grateful as spending that time with such a remarkable woman shaped me in ways I am still discovering. Among other things, I’ve been a vet assistant, worked at a halfway house for high-risk offenders, sat on many kids as a mascot, been the operations manager for a private investigation firm, and spent several months in Ontario with the Red Cross helping refugees from Kosovo acclimatize to Canada. I’ve also volunteered within maximum-security prisons and the community to help people serving life sentences transition from the regimented bubble of prison back to a very changed outside world.

Why I Write

Simply put – I write to explore, express, and connect. I delve into the web of relationships linking humans, animals, and the environment. I peer into my characters inner worlds and explore the inherent violence and compassion bound together in the human spirit. My guiding principle is that the human mosaic is beautiful because of the unique nature of each piece and I do my best to celebrate this diversity in my work.

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Review by: David Blake on Aug. 20, 2015 :
This was an enjoyable and well-written short story. The historic western setting is brought to life through vivid description and the plot intrigues at just about every page turn. The characters, even the lesser ones in the story, are realised with skill and are each believable.
The adventure ends a little suddenly with not all the questions resolved, but this is a deliberate move and there are sufficient clues dropped along the way for the reader to guess at possible answers. Ultimately though this story is now so much about the plot but about the central character of Marram and her interaction with the world around her - the people, the animals, the environment.
With such a rich setting I'd have liked the text to have engaged some of the other senses a little bit more. After all, a barn full of animals should also be full of smells! That's bordering on nit-picking though, there's certainly no justification for me giving this anything less than top marks.
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Review by: Wendy Beach on Dec. 1, 2014 :
Loved the storyline. A nicely written piece. I felt like I was right there with her. The confrontations between her and the sheriff were exceptional. I like to think the Indians caused the fire at the end :-)
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Review by: Sue Erickson on Feb. 13, 2013 :
I totally enjoyed your book and could not put in down!!! Hope you have more stories I can read.
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