Fireflies and PromisesThe lazy shafts of light flickered through the trees as the day was coming to a close. It was beautiful really, but much of it was lost on the young soldier as he stood surveying the surroundings as a soldier: for threats. Lonán knew there were unlikely to be any, there never was this close to the herd, but he took his job seriously, always on alert. Until he was distracted by a familiar call that is.More Like This
He turned his noble head to greet the doe as she raced towards him at pace. Once he might have worried she’d never stop in time, but by now he knew better. He offered her a bow as he always did when she came to a surprisingly smooth halt at his side babbling excitedly.
“Lonán, there you are!”
“Lonán did you hear the news?”
Deciding that she was indeed finished, he inquired. “What news would this be?” He heard a lot of news from day to day, though what
Like a StoneThe shriek of the heavy chair against stone echoed through the empty hall as the old man stood up from his desk. With some effort how long had he been sitting there? he pulled himself straight and walked back to face the large window. His eyes followed the pebble path of the garden unwinding through fountains and colorful flowerbeds, the very image of peace. He inwardly cringed thinking at how much this precious yet precarious peace had cost him. The price he had to pay was higher than most men could tolerate, but he proved himself strong. Just as she said.More Like This
The old man closed his eyes for a moment, taking a deep breath, "Maria "
"Maria, do you ever regret choosing this life?"
He thought back to when his Master posed him the same question. He'd never known any other life, so there wasn't a real choice to be made or regret but Maria she did have a choice and now what of it? Their son was dead executed, the Order was on the brink of self-annihilation,