In One Picture: Michal Scott’s “Take Me to the Water” (Contest)

In One Picture: Michal Scott’s “Take Me to the Water” (Contest)

UPDATE: The winner is…Debra Shutters!

Take Me to the Water by Michal Scott
An unexpected dare holds the key to a second chance with the disgraced Buffalo soldier she’s never stopped loving.

In the Christian community baptism is symbolic of joining the community. The night my hero Ambrose Stewart left for the Indian wars in the West, he and his lover Hephzibah made love to the baptismal hymn “Take Me To the Water.” Baptism also is a symbol of being cleansed from past mistakes. In many churches, this takes place by full body immersion. Ambrose was court-martialed for refusing to participate in the slaughter of Indian women and children. He believed his time in prison made him unworthy of a second chance with Hephzibah. When he finally returns, Hephzibah sees only one thing can heal his broken spirit. She invites him home so he can be taken to the water again.

A snippet from “Take Me to the Water”…

Hephzibah wrapped her fingers around Ambrose’s cock and squeezed until he looked at her. His moan sent a smile to her heart.

“All these years I was angry without you,” she said. “Sitting among Third Baptist disdain didn’t help. But now that you’re here all that stops. I’ve no reason to be angry any longer. Be glad I didn’t claim you right then and there in Douglass Hall.”

The confusion on his face touched her heart. They had plenty of time to discuss the anger and disappointment of their lost years.

If necessary.

All that was necessary now was the homecoming only her love could provide.

“I hoped you’d want me back.” He searched her face. “Only Mother Mamie, that minister and his wife, welcomed me. Aren’t you worried about your reputation if we get together again?”

“Fool, waiting for you is my reputation.” She stood and cupped his cheek. “Has been ever since we learned of your incarceration.”

She thumbed away the tears streaming over his emaciated flesh, glad the precious sorrow kept flowing despite her attempts to stem it. The gray at his temples would appear distinguished once his face filled out again. The tiredness and pain etched in his wrinkles would transform into a survivor’s scars.

“Come,” she whispered. “Let’s get reacquainted.”

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About the Author

Michal Scott is the erotic romance pen name of Anna Taylor Sweringen, a retired United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church USA minister. She has been writing seriously since joining Romance Writers of America in 2003. Her erotic romance is published with the Scarlet Rose line of The Wild Rose Press.


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11 thoughts on “In One Picture: Michal Scott’s “Take Me to the Water” (Contest)

  1. I loved the snippets. I would love to see another volume of Boys Behaving Badly stories

  2. i have enjoyed the snippets shared from the stories inside Silver Soldiers and would love another volume of Boys Behaving Badly stories!

  3. I’ve definitely enjoyed all your posts about the stories in this anthology, and more, loved the anthology itself! It’s a treat to read the different authors’ takes on the theme!
    I’m all for another volume!

  4. i’ve enjoyed the snippets. I would love to read more of the Boys Behaving Badly.

  5. Thanks go to Michal/Anna for being a part of this anthology!
    Thanks to everyone for letting us know that you’ve enjoyed reading about the stories. I hope you picked up your copies of SILVER SOLDIERS!

    The winner of the GC is…Debra Shutters!

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