To whom it may concern

Now open your eyes

Things are happening.

I can feel it in the crackle of the early autumn air.

Just breathe:

He lay upon the red clay, and the world shook to swallow him. Under his father’s sodden cloak, eyes closed, he heard nothing, saw nothing. All was sensation, cool knuckles of the thick riverbed gripping his back and arms; he sank a little more before the tremors stopped.

He waited for the cloak to be husked off, ripped from his body. They would find him, soon. He lay yards from cover under this pathetic shroud; they were toying with him. His weeping eyes stared open expecting the clouded night sky, and the coppery anticipation of death coated his own tongue – made his breath stink like the earth.

The silence was all.

He waited for strangers.

His breaths grew shallow under the thick material, slowed with the cold of it and he remembered reaching that point finally, where the immensity of fear was devoured by a monstrous finality, a sense of end, and he decided to die.

The small arm that pulled clear of the muck was stiff and unfamiliar, as if another boy hid there with him, was betraying him.

Then the cloak fell aside, and all was a screaming panorama of the looming forest and the angry darkness, and a total emptiness – their absence. His sniveling helplessness spurred to quicken his blood; he saw himself as if from the edge of the trees, a shaking unreality.

And that was all, his earliest memory.

And see:
Sunset.
Bridge.
Mural.
Food.
Cat.
Love. (And one of my favourites of the summer.)
Happy Wednesday to you all.

16 thoughts on “Now open your eyes

    1. axually, great cat.
      aw, cummawn: i wuzz hopin’ for some comment on my fixion piece : the one with the llama talkin’ (uggetta …)
      GO AHEAD: tell me it sux! i solicit your opinion … ; (

  1. Awesome pics! Nymeria is gorgeous as usual and I love your written piece too btw- great descriptions. It has so much feeling. AND your fashion sense rocks! I love that you always wear bright colours. It gets so easy sometimes to want to hide myself under black and gray to stay unnoticeable but I miss all the bright and fun outfits I used to wear. You’ve convinced me to dress like my personality again- I’ll regain my confidence as I go. Woo! Sorry, that was a bit random but you’ve brought something I’ve been thinking about lately to the forefront of my mind.

    1. Thanks sweets! Haha, Nymeria totally is the star of the show isn’t she? What a champ!

      YES. This makes me SO happy! Embrace the colours young jedi! Total light side. (Haha, I’m sorry, I can’t help but pepper this with star wars lines!!) I love me some pattern mixing/colour overload. Please post some photos when you have a chance, I would love, love to see what you put together!
      xx

      1. Haha. Well, when you put it that way :D I’ll put some pics up for sure when I’m on trimester break AND it should be much warmer by then so I won’t be limited for choice. Expect to see some photos of Delilah next month doing a weasel walk. She does this at a new house as she scouts around- it is so cute!

  2. Things ARE happening…we’re getting some nice fall weather down here in the deep south, too. So wonderful. It inspires me, makes me want to go outside and do things and create things.

    Also, our cats look alike! All the cool girls have black and white cats. :)

  3. Wow, Ethel! I forget sometimes, in the helter-skelter hail of fun and peanut shells, that you write such dense, tasty fiction. That little gem certainly engages the senses.
    Also, it’s true that all the cool girls have black and white cats. My Tinkerbell has been enjoying herself lately, scaring the bejeezus out of my other half’s new guide dog, Umber. He’s a huge German Shepherd, but he’s such a wuss, and tiny Tink beats seven bells out of him if he annoys her. Very entertaining to watch!

    1. Thanks sweets! I really appreciated it :)

      YES, it’s totes official. Cool girl club ENGAGED. I also really appreciated that you have a cat named Mr. Tinkerbell. That’s pretty much the best. Awww, Umber sounds adorable! Man, you dudes seriously have the best pet names of all time.

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