For my flash fiction I get to use one of Jeffe Kennedy’s marvelous covers …but it was hard because I associate them so strongly with her stories. So I’ve sort of compromised, keeping the fantasy feeling but offering a vignette from a different time and place of my own.
could see her more clearly in the swirling lavender and green mists. She
extended the glowing book to him, saying, “It’s all here, all the spells, all
Why can’t I come with you? After all the adventures we’ve shared, why must we
separate now?” He clenched his hand on the pommel of his sword.
along different paths and I’m summoned home to my own place and time. Yet if
you tell the story true, we may meet again. Take the book, I beg you.”
outstretched hand, he shook his head. “I’m no scribe, no bard. I can’t do
justice to your tale. I can’t even read – you set me an impossible task.”
in the evening breeze, floating from her hand and moving like an oversize
butterfly, coming closer to him. Unwillingly he plucked the glowing tome from
the air and tucked it under his arm.
she said, retreating a step. “That’s allowed. Go to the city and visit the book
seller in the corner of the market square. His daughter will be able to read
the runes, can tell you what you must do next.”
surprise as he’d hoped, he leaped forward, capturing one slender wrist. “Swear
to me we’ll find each other if I do this.”
held nothing but cold mist, as she continued to back away, deeper into the
forest shadows. “I did love you,” she said.
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