Saturday, May 12, 2007

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From the Minor Annals - VI .

That year was the first of the years of struggle and secret strife.

Of long knives and silent ambush.

They came against us that year.

Covetous eyes were cast upon our upland demense, our orchard and meadows and fertile fields - where the frost goblins came late and did not linger, where the forest guarded our flanks in friendship.

We lived as free outliers, subject only to a distant lord by antique charter and beyond their formal power.

We owed no tribute or duty or obedience they could charge against us.

I believe that had long affronted them.

Since we were humble in our dwelling and faithful in our trade and in their temples, they thought us easy slaughter.

I think now that our different ways also made them uneasy, for we were true to an older faith they had long discarded, though they gave lip-service.

They came against us that year.

That year the long barrows above the river were defiled and broken.

We saw their spoor among the desecration and knew the ancient wards had failed.

They sought to enclose and fell the Old Forest near our boundary, and the upright stones beyond our eastern wall were toppled and smashed. The land torn and the green turf ruptured.

That year they circled like wolves in winter.

But I saw their smooth faces in the smoke and in the fire, and discerned their councils and their plans as on a page.

So we gathered our power and prepared.

We warned them in subtle ways but they did not heed.

For land is a lust - for it is gold - and so they plotted.

They came against us that year.

Some lived - to regret it.

19 comments:

Steve G said...

Very enticing.

At the moment I'm reading Jim Butcher's White Knight. A very interesting read.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Steve.
Afraid if I read his books I'd just throw up my hands and quit.

Sam said...

Love this!!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Sam.

LadyBronco said...

Oooohh...

Creepy, spooky, and very interesting.

I love the last line.

Nice. ;0)

Jeff said...

Beautiful writing, Bernita.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Lady B., Jeff.

raine said...

It's a very intriguing world you've created here, Bernita.

That year they circled like wolves in winter.

Great stuff.

Bernita said...

Happy you liked it, Raine. Thank you.

Rick said...

Yes!

Bernita said...

Fixed the bastards, huh, Rick?

Marie said...

Great writing. Love 'They circled like wolves in winter' and 'For land is a lust - for it is a gold - and so they plotted'.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Marie.
Always nice when a line or two is effective!

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Yea! A happy ending.
Very nice.

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Yea! A happy ending.
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Charles Gramlich said...

This is great, Bernita. Is it from a longer piece? I would love to read more of this. Your writing is superb.

Bernita said...

Thank you, SS.
I can't "do" total gloom/defeat.

Kind of you, Charles.Thank you.
No, these are self-contained. So far there are only eight. Have been re-posting them each Saturday.

Seeley deBorn said...

Goosebumps and shivers

Bernita said...

Thank you, Seeley.