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Divided Chapter 51He shut the bedchamber door as quietly as he was able but no matter, as he strode to the balcony railing, raising the lanter to peer into the pre-dawn darkened foyer where Fen stood waiting, he heard a door unlatch to his right.
“Papa,” Astrid whispered.
Loki turned about to see Astrid and Brynn standing in the doorway of their bedchamber.
“Papa. I thought we were going with you to the games,” Brynn whined.
Loki waved to Fen as he walked to their doorway and knelt before them. At five seasons old, Astrid was quickly outstripping her brother in height. Brynn would take after Eidra in that respect.
“I want to ride with you!” Astrid joined in.
“You are all of you riding in the wagon with Master Denehy. You will be soon behind us....sooner if you continue your hue and cry my little sparrow. Let your mother sleep in a bit longer.”
There was a click to his left as Cait poked her head out of her bedchamber doorway, “Did I not tell the two
Divided Chapter 50He was so close, Fen could hear the even rhythm of his breathing, see in his peripheral vision, his arms, bent at the elbows, loose, relaxed.
“Fen...,” Gunnar called to him, “Keep your......pace even.”
Fen nodded though he said nothing, just kept running along the marked trail, leaping over the exposed root of a tree, fixing its location in his mind.
Gunnar was now even with him, “Save...your strength for....the sprint into.....the arena...”
Fen nodded again, grimacing at the stitch that was forming in his side. A bit further and the pain was unbearable.
“Side....hurts,” Fen gasped, slowing his stride.
“Breathe deep......slow in.....force the air.....out.”
Fen shook his head, “Cannot....,”
He slowed to a stop, bent double, his hand to his right side, panting as Gunnar circled about, stopping beside him.
“You must run through....the pain,” Gunnar clapped him on the shoulder, “The rest of your
Divided Chapter 49Colin appeared in the kitchen doorway just as Beth looked up from her tablet.
“Getting out of the line of fire?”
“Aye,” Colin walked over to the long worktable, set his mug of tea before him and sat down across from her, “They've both gone quiet now but for all of me, the stony silence is almost worse. I'm going to finish my cuppa then head to the longhouse.”
Beth glanced down at her tablet, “Mmm, I'm going to finish up here and get to cleaning the kitchen. Gretten should be back from Cole by then.”
Colin stole a look at the tablet, “Yer final paper?”
“Yeah,” Beth punched the button atop the tablet once, twice, clucked her tongue, “Darn it.”
Colin took a sip of his tea. With everything else going on, Simon's defection, the coming start up of portal two, the games, he was loathe to add another issue to the agenda but Brenna had seen to it that he had no choice when she'd arrived back home a few days ago.
AndromedaAmongst the darkened skies
Brightened by only starlight
Field & Sea.
Gravity is only an afterthought
Hilltops become ladders into the sky while
Inferior planets stare down upon the Earth
Jealous of such simplicity yet contemplating grandeur.
Keppler only thought of science
Linear, elliptical, movement…
Mythology had no such thoughts
Neptune & Nebulas both inhabit space
Orbiting across the lonely darkness
Probably never worried about mundane things
Questioning their existence
Right now or for all eternity such as us.
Shooting stars make us joyful while
Terminator is an otherworldly spectacle
Unknown to all those hidden in their houses
Various stars await us outside
Waiting to play like we did before
Xenagogue & inviting
Youthful but ancient curiosities.
Zenith induced euphoria continues until daylight…
dead dog julyI.
the summer heat lays limp in the city’s lap,
breathing long oppressive breaths.
it does not even lift its lolling head
to bark out hoarse indignancy
when a strange man brings the mail.
there might be heavy rain today,
brought by some swollen, murmuring cloud.
the world will whirl and howl,
then settle down,
to die a little more.
o, quickly, love,
press your back against the wall in fear
as the universe spreads her arms and
shuts her eyes
and starts to summon the end of all things.
come with me
to the place of windows full of speechless afternoon
hot windy whispers of half-formed solutions and resolutions,
sweltering sunlit meadows we’ll wander and then forget.
o quickly, love,
let’s to the season of forgetting
and unwind all of our harshest memories
and fill the universe’s mouth
with mute cotton.
i’ll whisper these words to you some evening
with all my exigency in the hand i rest on your arm—
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