The ENTIRE Dubois Family Saga

in The Ink Well9 days ago

At the express request of @cliffagreen ... two seasons of Ink Well posts chronicling the adventures of the Dubois Family as they move from Black French Louisiana and settle into Hive's own Lofton County Universe! The collection will be updated regularly as well!

//: #1 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-writing-challenge-or-season-2-week-6-last-night
In which the Dubois Family recognizes that they can start over in a new place, after the struggle of life after Hurricane Katrina wiped their world out ... son Jean-Paul plants the flag in Lofton County, VA...

//: #2 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-writing-challenge-or-season-2-week-7-this-time-they-went-too-far-with-original-artwork

In which sons Emile, Jules, and Gilbert try to run game on their parents, and Jean-Luc Dubois lays down the family law for the gathered family ...

//: #3 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-writing-challenge-or-season-2-week-8-red
In which Jean-Luc and Jean-Paul Dubois take the first road trip from Louisiana to Lofton County, VA, and enjoy the father/son bonding time in route to an old friend of Jean-Paul's, and meet another old friend that helps them get the home of their dreams...

//: #4 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/happy-anniversary-and-welcome-home-dubois-family-style

In which Madame Dubois and granddaughter Louisa make their move and arrive in time so that Monsieur and Madame Dubois can celebrate their wedding anniversary together...

//: #5 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-weekly-fiction-prompt-3-beauty-with-a-twist
What the Dubois Family does when they KNOW contagious illness is on the way ... the Stew of the Colors tastes as good as it looks!

//: #6 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-weekly-fiction-prompt-4-the-way-home

In which Louisa finds out that her grandfather is sitting and praying for her uncles, and joins him in love and prayers...

//: #7 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-weekly-fiction-prompt-5-a-matter-of-time
In which Jules Dubois counts his life out in hours, and the Dubois family from Louisiana to Quebec holds a prayer meeting...

//: #8 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-fiction-prompt-6-prompt-29
In which Jules works on repairing his relationship with his parents and bonds with his niece Louisa over gardening and technical analysis of stock charts...

//: #9 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-fiction-prompt-8-all-the-way-to-tomorrow

In which Louisa and her best friend Vertran Stepforth find the Ship to Tomorrow at Tilly Mound, and Jean-Paul Dubois finds out what the history is and what has been preserved ...

//: #10 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-fiction-prompt-10-three-words

The Dubois Family invents something that can move through Lofton County and bless it as fast as Covid-19 can trouble it -- Covid-19, meet your competitors!

//: #11 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-fiction-prompt-11-rain-thunder-and-the-prodigal-son-in-the-garden-of-eden
Jules Dubois reconnects with his roots, literally and spiritually...

//: #12 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-12-summer-all-year
In which Louisa and Vertran figure that since school will not be coming back in because of Covid-19, they need to figure out what to do because summer will never end...

//: #13 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-13-vertran-stepforth-pops-the-question
In which Vertran proposes marriage to Louisa, she accepts, and the Hamilton children weigh in on this...

//: #14 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-14-maman-dubois-hears-the-train-whistle

In which Madame Dubois remembers her mother's lessons about trains and keeps her faith on track while Jules struggles for the salvation of his brother Gilbert...

//: #15 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-15-an-exposition-on-the-errant-but-understandable-worship-of-cats-and-men
In which Jean-Luc Dubois explains the worship of cats, all the way back to ancient Egypt...

//: #16 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-16-how-mlk-day-will-be-made-a-summer-holiday
In which Vertran and Louisa discuss the childhood of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and figure out how to make his day into a summer holiday...

//: #17 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-17-gilbert-dubois-makes-his-biggest-journey

Gilbert Dubois faces his worst nightmare ... and finds his way to his future...

//: #18 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-18-moses-and-david-and-darcy-and-henry-and-jean-paul-too
In which Jean-Paul Dubois meets the serial killer he came to Lofton County to catch, out working at the Church in the Midst of Life, and his friend Captain H.F. Lee has to help him get a grip...

//: #19 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-19-tea-time-and-happiness-with-vertran-and-louisa
In which Vertran works out all the safety details to make sure he can get 100 gallons of marriage prevention into both himself and Louisa, and convinces Uncle Jean-Paul to let him work his plan...

//: #20 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-20-all-the-worlds-a-summer-camp
In which Uncle Jean-Paul takes Louisa to summer camp, and puts Vertran firmly in his place...

//: #21 The Ink Well Prompt #21: The Last Red Line On Main Street
In which Jean-Paul Dubois takes on the last vestige of open racism in Tinyville, VA...

//: #22 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-22-the-parade-on-the-second-of-july

In which the Dubois Family as a whole decides to take up all the space their son's legal victory opens up to the Black community, without frustrating anyone's Fourth of July plans...

//: #23 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-23-how-to-find-a-fan-and-a-family-for-no-money-on-the-way-to-a-picnic

In which Vertran Stepforth enjoys a day walking around and absorbing the wisdom of his future grandfather-in-law Jean-Luc Dubois as they find gifts for the ladies in their lives...

//: #24 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-24-how-the-rivers-run

Uncle Jean-Paul and Louisa follow Emerald Creek to the Roanoke River all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, and Louisa learns about childhood growing all the way up, and why her uncle is so protective of her...

//: #25 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-25-gold-buttons-little-grand-moguls-and-good-advice

In which Vertran's grandfather Thomas Stepforth Sr. tells Jean-Luc Dubois about Vertran's latest accomplishment, and gets some priceless advice from Monsieur Dubois...

//: #26 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-26-the-race-to-loop-13

Jean-Paul Dubois teams up with his friends Ironwood Hamilton and H.F. Lee to stop a serial killer of bicyclists...

//: #27 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-27-seeking-justice-from-three-sides-of-the-looking-glass
... and the three friends in law enforcement figure out what they are going to do about the sheriff in the county who did not handle the business they had to handle with that serial killer

//: #28 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-29-the-water-of-many-voices
Vertran and Louisa discuss what they will miss about not going back to school, and do their best to help each other out...

//: #29 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-30-the-strength-meets-you-on-both-sides
Brothers Jules and Jean-Paul enjoy a midnight bike ride and brotherly bonding as the elder brother imparts the secrets of his life's success...

//: #30 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-31-the-kiss-of-the-angel-of-death

A brotherly bike ride goes wrong, leading to elder brother Jean-Paul needing the strength of his younger brother Jules as Jean-Paul's memory of one of his most troubling cases overcomes him...

//: #31 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-35-why-should-the-devil-have-the-moon

Jean-Luc Dubois recalls a showdown between a poor young man and a family of voodoo priests in Black French Louisiana ...

//: #32 https://peakd.com/hive-192806/@deeanndmathews/why-should-the-devil-have-the-moon-original-jazz-riff
The song that goes with the story!

//: #33 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-34-madame-dubois-wins-at-family-feud-in-real-life

The matriarch of the Dubois family thoroughly yet kindly outwits her neighbors ...

//: #34 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-36-the-last-enemy-of-our-enemies-is-still-our-friend
A corrupt billionaire meets more than his match in Jean-Paul Dubois...

//: #35 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-37-vertran-and-louisa-find-their-own-pumpkin-patch
Vertran and Louisa discover a pumpkin patch, start their first business together, and decide how to deal with the "culture wars" their fellow Christians often get into around Halloween and other holidays...

//: #36 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-38-when-you-find-out-you-have-six-dozen-brothers

Jules Dubois learns something about his family that he is shocked by ... six (dozen) brothers will do that to you...

//: #37 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-39-delford-drake-iii-finds-his-coach

Delford Drake III finds in Jean-Paul Dubois what he needs after the death of his father...

//: #38 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-40-the-world-is-a-banquet-house

//: #39 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-41-when-colonel-sanders-makes-gumbo-in-virginia-as-a-gift

Vertran and Louisa attempt to work out a neighbor's regional food confusion ...

//: #40 https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-42-the-festive-not-farewell-march-of-the-seven-suns

An old and slightly sad tradition in Lofton County is transformed into an ongoing season of light...

//: # https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-43-how-not-to-miss-christmas-every-day

Madame Dubois takes a big risk to help a young family, and her son and granddaughter learn a big lesson...

//: # https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-44-please-do-not-put-an-elf-on-your-shelf-for-your-helf-and-your-welf

Vertran and Louisa deal with the problem of unscrupulous business people who also cannot spell...

//: # https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-45-jean-luc-dubois-saves-christmas-in-september
Louisa discovers devastating news about December 25, and only her grandfather can put things right again...

//: # https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-46-the-real-and-imaginary-parts-of-new-years-day

... and, friends Andrew and Eleanor Ludlow help Louisa put New Year where it belongs, everywhere, all year...

//: # https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@deeanndmathews/the-ink-well-prompt-47-jules-dubois-finds-out-he-is-a-hero-after-all

Jules gets a phone call that reminds him of the chance meeting in which he inadvertently saved New York City...

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Hi @deeanndmathews. We appreciate you, and your consistent involvement in The Ink Well!

To maintain consistency in how we apply our community rules, we would like to request that you put the link to your collection in your short story posts, instead of posting it to the community. The reason for this is that we only allow short stories to be posted to the community. We stretch our rules for your stories, as they are essentially continuation stories in one long narrative. We make this request in order to ensure that we don't employ a special set of rules for certain community members. Thank you!

Certainly ... I am not sure how to remove the collection from the Ink Well, but if you give me some guidance I will gladly do that. In the future I will only make reference to it in my own posts.

It's fine. Just a note for the future. Thank you!

Understood and thank you