“Mirjam Hellberg, you have been convicted of witchcraft and sentenced to death by burning,” the voice of the Head Inquisitor sounded around the crowded place in Uddevalla. The crowd roared in agreement.
“Burn her … she is a witch … burn her.”
The executioner’s assistant was approaching the bonfire and holding a burning torch in his hand. A young girl was tied up to a stake in the middle of the bonfire and the Head Inquisitor was holding a crucifix in front of her face.
“Admit your guilt and the Lord will save your soul from eternal damnation!” the Head Inquisitor continued.
Mirjam didn’t say anything. She wasn’t aware of any witchcraft and she hardly was able to speak at all. Her body was badly hurt after all the troture she had to undergo. Although she never talked about witchcraft, the Inquisitor twisted her words. Now she was about to be burnt at stake in front of a cheering crowd. All she was able to do was shake her head.
“You are stubborn and you will be swallowed by the deepest hell. Set off the fire!”
The executioner’s assistant put the torch to the bonfire and the flames were approaching the poor girl.
Mirjam was a religious girl and she didn’t understand why she was charged with witchcraft. She became an innocent victim of an evil plot but she couldn’t know it. She refused any charges and she started praying silently before the flames swallowed her body.
‘My Lord, help me please. I’m no witch and I always was your loyal servant. I don’t want to suffer anymore.’
To her utter surprise she heard a silent voice in her mind.
‘Mirjam, child, I know that you are an innocent victim and I will provide you a second chance to live. Even more, you get a gift from me.’
‘Thank you, my Lord. You are that generous,” Mirjam answered silently.
‘You have been charged with witchcraft and you are not a witch. You will get actual witchcraft powers in your second life but promise me not to abuse those powers.’
‘Oh no please. Won’t I be burnt at stake again?’
‘No, Mirjam. You will spend your second life in another time when witches won’t be burnt at stake. Anyway, be careful.’
‘I’m not sure, my Lord.’
‘Don’t be afraid and trust me. The witchcraft powers aren’t bad as long as you don’t abuse them.’
‘I promise, my Lord.’ a tear appeared in her eye.
‘See you in your second life, daughter.’
At that moment Mirjam passed out and she didn’t have to suffer the burning anymore. The crowd was disappointed when they didn’t hear any screams of pain. An hour later the fire went off and the remnants of Mirjam’s body were thrown into a nearby river.
Mirjam wasn’t able to understand where she was. There was darkness all around and she could hear a heartbeat nearby. She was squeezed into a small place and she hardly could move.
Minutes later she realized something strange; she was not breathing. How was it possible? Everyone had to breathe to stay alive. All of sudden she realized the heartbeat; it was not hers.
“How is my little girl doing?” A female voice sounded nearby but Mirjam heard it in a strange way as if it was coming from inside. She was a clever girl and put two and two together. The only option was that she was an unborn baby inside her new mother’s body. The place around her was a womb. Mirjam didn’t know about the human body but she had seen pregnant women and guessed what was going on. This was her new life and she had to start it from the very beginning.
‘My Lord, is this my new life?’ She decided to ask God first.
‘Yeah, my child. Get prepared to live in another and unknown world. You skipped 300 years and you are about to become the third child in a loving family. Don’t worry and enjoy it.’
‘What about the gift, my Lord? I’m a bit afraid.’
‘Don’t be afraid. You can read thoughts, talk without opening your mouth and you can move some items. None of this should be dangerous.’
‘Thank you, my Lord.’
Mirjam suddenly got curious about the new life. What changed in 300 years? How will her new family accept her and her new powers? She also didn’t know how much time was left until labor.
“Hey, Gudrun, do you have a name for our baby? You have been thinking of it for two months already,” a man’s voice sounded from outside.
“Olaf, I can’t decide and I even don’t know if it is a boy or a girl.”
All of sudden Mirjam didn’t resist the temptation and decided to try out her new powers.
‘A girl,’ she told her mom silently. ‘Mirjam.’
Gudrun was taken aback by the voice in her mind. What should it mean? She never heard voices before. Was it possible or was she getting insane? She startled but she continued instantly.
“It is a girl and I have a wonderful name for her, Mirjam.”
“Mirjam is a wonderful name but how do you know the gender? You didn’t want to know it though when you were at the ultrasonic exam.”
“I know it. Trust me.” Gudrun suddenly was sure but she didn’t know why. Although the voice was strange, she didn’t worry.
Mirjam was taken aback by the unknown words. What was an ultrasonic exam? She didn’t have the slightest idea and she was getting curious and wanted to learn more. However, who could tell her about it?
“Mommy, mommy; will I have a sister?” an excited childish voice sounded from outside and Mirjam smiled. It definitely was a little girl.
“Yeah, Kirsten; you’ll get a baby sister soon.”
“Can I listen to her, mommy?”
“Of course, my little one.”
Mirjam felt a pressure from outside and she realized that something pressed against her mom’s belly; it was Kirsten’s head probably.
Mirjam was amused by the little girl and she almost talked to her but it wasn’t a good idea. Instead, Mirjam moved her leg and pressed against the head from inside.
“Mommy, she kicked me,” Kirsten laughed.
“Babies sometimes do it, Kirsten,” Gudrun’s voice sounded amused.
Meanwhile Mirjam felt an urge to pee. She got worried; how could she pee in her present condition inside her mother’s body? However, she didn’t have any option left but to relax the muscles. Just like every unborn baby, she peed into the amniotic fluid and wasn’t aware of it.
The little girl ran away and Gudrun was alone. She started thinking of the mysterious voice. Was she getting insane? She lied down on the couch and collected her courage. She wanted to ask the mysterious voice but Mirjam was quicker.
‘Mommy, you are not getting insane,’ the voice sounded in her mind.
‘How do you know about it? Who are you?’ Gudrun asked the voice silently.
‘Who? I am Mirjam, your daughter.’
‘What does it mean? How can we talk?’
‘I prayed to our Lord and He was generous and provided me with this gift. Sorry but I read your worries about getting insane.’
Gudrun was a religious woman and she was willing to believe in miracles; however she never experienced an actual miracle.
'Is it a miracle?’
‘I don’t know, mom.’
‘Mirjam, you sound like an adult,’ Gudrun suddenly realized that the baby inside her had an adult mind. How should an unborn baby know about God and miracles?
‘Mom, it is a bit complicated; could you accept me like a smart baby and not ask about my past?’
‘Past? Did you reincarnate?’
‘Yeah but don’t ask me more please.’
‘Okay, you will be my beloved baby.’
‘Thanks, mom. When will I be born?’
‘In two weeks I think.’
‘I can’t wait to see you, mom.’
‘I’m looking forward to seeing you as well, my little one.’
Gudrun relaxed and her eyes closed. In her dreams she saw little Mirjam talking with her and a smile appeared on her lips.
While she was napping, the little Kirsten sneaked to her and put her head on her belly:
“Sis, do you hear me?” Kirsten whispered so Gudrun couldn’t hear her.
‘Yeah, I do.’
‘How can I hear you? Is it magic?’ Kirsten talked silently in her mind. She didn’t whisper anymore.
‘Yeah, it is magic,’ Mirjam replied. She realized that Kirsten was a little girl and she believed in fairy tales. Magic would be an acceptable explanation.
‘Will we talk more when you are born? It will be a fairy tale.’
‘I will talk with you as much as you want. I’m your sister though.’
‘Will we play?’
‘Wait. I can’t play with you too much while I am a little baby. When I grow up, we can play together.’
‘I love you sis.’
‘I love you too,’ Mirjam was emotional; her new life seemed to be much better than the previous one; however she was worried about the changes in her new world.
Kirsten’s eyes closed and she dozed off with her head sitting on Gudrun’s belly. Mirjam also was tired and she fell asleep.