Truth

This is Part II from the Dia­log bet­ween Jamie and Clai­re after the Witch Tri­al, Part I is Not mar­ked

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He sat sta­ring into the fire for a long time. Final­ly he loo­ked up at me, hands clas­ped around his knees.
“I said befo­re that I’d not ask ye things ye had no wish to tell me. And I’d not ask ye now; but I must know, for your safe­ty as well as mine.” He pau­sed, hesi­ta­ting.
“Clai­re, if you’ve never been honest wi’ me, be so now, for I must know the truth. Clai­re, are ye a witch?”
I gaped at him. “A witch? You — you can real­ly ask that?” I thought he must be joking. He wasn’t.
He took me by the shoul­ders and grip­ped me hard, sta­ring into my eyes as though wil­ling me to ans­wer him.
“I must ask it, Clai­re! And you must tell me!”
“And if I were?” I asked through dry lips. “If you had thought I were a witch? Would you still have fought for me?”
“I would have gone to the sta­ke with you!” he said vio­lent­ly. “And to hell bey­ond, if I must. But may the Lord Jesus have mer­cy on my soul and on yours, tell me the truth!”

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I grew calm enough to look up and say, “But you can’t belie­ve me.”
He smi­led down at me. His mouth trem­bled slight­ly, but he smi­led.
“Ye’ll no tell me what I can­na do, Sas­se­nach.” He pau­sed a moment. “How old are ye?” he asked curious­ly. “I never thought to ask.”
The ques­ti­on see­med so prepos­te­rous that it took me a minu­te to think.
“I’m twenty-seven…or may­be twen­ty-eight,” I added. That ratt­led him for a moment. At twen­ty-eight, women in this time were usual­ly on the ver­ge of midd­le-age.
“Oh,” he said. He took a deep bre­ath. “I thought ye were about my age — or youn­ger.”
He didn’t move for a second. But then he loo­ked down and smi­led faint­ly at me. “Hap­py Bir­th­day, Sas­se­nach,” he said.

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His hands on my shoul­ders rai­sed me, enough to see his face. Through the haze of tears, I saw the look he wore in batt­le, of strugg­le that had pas­sed the point of strain and beco­me calm cer­tain­ty.
“I belie­ve you,” he said firm­ly. “I din­na under­stand it a bit — not yet — but I belie­ve you. Clai­re, I belie­ve you! Lis­ten to me! There’s the truth bet­ween us, you and I, and wha­te­ver ye tell me, I shall belie­ve it.” He gave me a gent­le shake.
“It doe­s­na mat­ter what it is. You’ve told me. That’s enough for now. Be still, mo duin­ne. Lay your head and rest. You’ll tell me the rest of it later. And I’ll belie­ve you.”

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I was still sob­bing, unab­le to grasp what he was tel­ling me. I strugg­led, try­ing to pull away, but he gathe­red me up and held me tight­ly against him­s­elf, pushing my head into the folds of his plaid, and repea­ting over and over again, “I belie­ve you.”

I told him. Told him ever­y­thing, halting­ly but coher­ent­ly. I felt numb from exhaus­ti­on, but con­tent, like a rab­bit that has outrun a fox, and found tem­pora­ry shel­ter under a log. It isn’t sanc­tua­ry, but at least it is respi­te. And I told him about Frank.
“Frank,” he said soft­ly. “Then he isna dead, after all.”
“He isn’t born.” I felt ano­t­her small wave of hys­te­ria break against my ribs, but mana­ged to keep mys­elf under con­trol. “Neit­her am I.”
He stro­ked and pat­ted me back into silence, making his small mur­mu­ring Gaelic sounds.
“When I took ye from Rand­all at Fort Wil­liam,” he said sud­den­ly, “you were try­ing to get back. Back to the stones. And…Frank. That’s why ye left the gro­ve.”
“Yes.”
“And I beat you for it.” His voice was soft with reg­ret.
“You couldn’t know. I couldn’t tell you.” I was begin­ning to feel very drow­sy inde­ed.
“No, I din­na sup­po­se ye could.”

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He pul­led the plaid clo­ser around me, tuck­ing it gent­ly around my shoul­ders. “Do ye sleep now, mo duin­ne. No one shall harm ye; I’m here.”
I bur­ro­wed into the warm cur­ve of his shoul­der, let­ting my tired mind fall through the lay­ers of obli­vi­on. I forced mys­elf to the sur­face long enough to ask, “Do you real­ly belie­ve me, Jamie?”
He sig­hed, and smi­led rue­ful­ly down at me.
“Aye, I belie­ve ye, Sas­se­nach. But it would ha’ been a good deal easier if you’d only been a witch.”

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Excerpts and Quotes by Diana Gabal­don from “Out­lan­der“
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6 Comments

  1. Terry
    April 19
    Reply

    Tru­ly gor­ge­ous mar­ria­ge of the series images and book excerpts. Would abso­lute­ly love and purcha­se a future ver­si­on of DG’s books with pho­tos from the series in it like what you’ve accom­plished here. Would make for a bre­ath taking cof­fee table sized hard­co­ver with glos­sy pages and lar­ge images. Just an idea… are you see­ing this Dian­na and Ron??

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      April 19
      Reply

      Hi Ter­ry,

      thank you so much..Perhaps Starz should think about such a book, would cer­tain­ly sell well. I just try to con­nec­ting my love for the books with my love for the show. Always very hap­py when Peop­le like my Stuff! LG Hei­ke

  2. Ila Funkhouser
    June 9
    Reply

    Plea­se, plea­se send me more pic­tures, more quo­tes, more infor­ma­ti­on, etc. What you have crea­ted here is, so far, bet­ter than any­thing anyo­ne has done. Thank you so much. I have sel­dom seen a photo/​narrative done with more caring and arti­stry than what you have mas­te­red here.

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      June 9
      Reply

      Hi Ila,

      thank you so much for your visit and your kind wor​ds​.As I have said many times, I’m doing this becau­se I love books and show so much. I will cer­tain­ly crea­te many things #Out­lan­der and other stuff around. LG Hei­ke Gin­ger

  3. Johanne Abonader
    June 12
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    Just star­ted rea­ding your blog actual­ly just found it. I have been fol­lo­wing you on Twit­ter and liking it all. I’ m going to read through all your posts and sta­re at you beau­ti­ful pic­tures com­bi­na­ti­ons.
    I’m che­cking off to be noti­fied of your future posts, i do not want to miss any.
    Thank you.

    • Heike Ginger Ba
      June 13
      Reply

      Again Hi Johan­ne,

      sta­re” is always a good thing :)..glad you like my litt­le blog and my Images..LG Hei­ke

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