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The milkmaid (part 1)The milkmaid (part 1)1 day ago in Short Stories
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"That's really good but I think there is still something missing..."
Lera took a few steps back, eyeing her young comrade speculatively. There was indeed something missing but she couldn't pinpoint what precisely at this instant. In front of her, Kiddo was sulking, looking awkward and pissed.
Lera snapped her fingers and grinned, small wrinkles of merriment crinkling the corner of her bottle green eyes.
"I know! The hair!"
"Can't I just keep my hair up? It's bothering enough as it is..."
"No, Kiddo. Farm girls do tend to like to have their hair braided, it's less bothersome that way. Here, let me show you."
Nimble fingers started to weave through the thick mane of the girl who barely sighed, resigned now to what seemed like an ineluctable fate.
"It's true that you have had no one to teach you about this, Kiddo. Generally it's the mothers that teach that to their children. A four strands braids for the young woman seeking a companion, the hidden braid for the secret lover, the twisted b