The Wild Child




Her feet were stained with the dreams of what earth she had walked across. Her eyes were full of stars. She might have been a queen's daughter or a crofter from some old, soaked shore; he could never tell, and never did ask. He went with her into the fields of lost forest and peat. He learned to dance with her the way skies danced, circling round the oldest truth.

She had rings on every finger and tin bells in her voice. She had hair redder than his heart beating fast for her. And when she was gone, she was gone. And she never came back again.

But three times three months later a child's cry woke him from a dream of ravens over white tides. He found the infant lying swaddled in a rowan cradle on his doorstep and an old woman walking away towards the dawn. She dragged a shadow like it was a sack of dreams unlit by moons or promises. She did not listen to him calling, calling, his voice and the child's mingling, both of them lost this side of wild love.

The child only grew up to be yet another farmer. But oh, his eyes.




10 comments:

  1. Sarah, a wonderful entwining of words. But oh, his eyes.

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  2. The beauty of your words takes my breath away. So magical and lovely. I wonder, will you write a longer story about magic and knights and roses?

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    1. Roses For The Dragon and Captured are my two stories about knights and magic and roses, but they don't have the same feel as that I'm describing here, because their focus is quite tight. One day I will definitely write that story, or perhaps expand Eluned and Gawaine's story to bring in more of the old-fashioned enchanted countryside feeling.

      Thank you :-)

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    2. Yes, I understood that it wasn't what you were going for here. I suppose I had Eluned and Gawane in mind, one of my favorite stories of yours. Would love to spend more time with them :)

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    3. Thank you, that is so good to know ����

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    4. Love all your stories. And I love that you write what your heart wants you to. Just wanted to share that I was very moved by the knight and the dragon and love :)

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  3. Thank you all, your comments mean so very much to me <3

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