“This is where we marked her passing,” you say.
“She didn’t die here?” I hardly dare ask the question, my voice barely a whisper. You are a man for statements, not explanations.
“She did not die here,” you say. It is a bald statement.
Yet again, as has been our custom, I let the silence hang between us. It is a new routine, to replace those of my prior, solitary existence.
“She died out there,” you say, pointing to the hills that brood on the horizon.
“I am sorry,” I say, looking at you. You are staring towards those hills, as if to destroy them with your thoughts. I kneel down, reach out to brush the dust and lichen from the worn stone, to reveal her name to the elements.
“NO!” You grasp my arm, pull me up and away from the headstone. I bite down on the yelp of protest as pain arrows across my shoulders. You do not like dissent. I have learned this lesson well.
“She was careless,” you say and stride away from me. You mount your horse, landing in the saddle in one, supple move.
I turn my back and walk into the house.
You will return.
You will return.
8 thoughts on “The Conversation – Magpie Tales”
A Freya.. I miss your writing.. so good to meet you here.
Thank you so much, Bjorn. Yes, my weekly schedule won’t let me contribute to dVerse AND read other’s work as well. It wouldn’t be fair to not contribute properly.
That’s a shame. I hope you like your new ‘routine’ and get as much pleasure out of it.
ouch- I don’t think I would want him to return. Well done!
whoops- meant to put in this weeks link
But he must go on choosing ..managing his predilection
Sounds like a give and take relationship: you give, he takes. Abuse is never pretty. How long before one breaks, or finally takes charge of their life? Well written tale.