simply searching

there are certain fundamental truths about the world:
i. true love does exist
ii. a mother would die to protect her children
iii. sometimes the most frightening things are also the most beautiful
iv. the truth will always be found
v. there are people in the world who would disagree with each and every one of these things.

The woods were covered in snow. It was piled high against the trees and glowing dimly in the moonlight, and a little girl was leaving her footprints in it, watching as her breath made silver patterns in the air.

An owl cried out, shattering the silence, and the girl turned slowly. Then, cautiously, step by step, she started walking toward the sound. She wondered briefly why she wasn’t frightened (usually she was oh so scared of the dark) but she didn’t pause to dwell on it. She was here because she knew she had to be, and that was simply all that mattered.

She didn’t know it yet, but
she was a truth teller
a dream seeker
a story finder

so many names for the same thing; part of her dwelled in the darkness, the otherworld, the dreamland, and now, for the first time, she was walking the path that had been waiting patiently for her ever since she was born.

She was close, so close. She could feel it in the air.

The owl cried out again, right in front of her now, and suddenly she saw it – it was on the ground, nursing a cut on its wing, and it looked up at her as she approached.

“Hello,” the little girl said quietly.

The snow crunched under her feet as she took a small step forward. The owl’s eyes were burning holes in her, and there was something intelligent, almost human, in its gaze; when she looked at it, she felt something shifting in her mind. As though it was talking to her without making a sound.

Alone with an owl in the deep dark woods, a little girl crouched down in the snow and whispered

“Tell me your story.”


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. somethingnewplease
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 20:16:49

    Snow crunching. Such a lovely sound to put in a story.

    I enjoyed this. I think you should add, “Pistachos taste amazing” to the universal truths list.



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