Saturday, April 07, 2007
New Beginning 253
The problem with the women of the Bright Moon coven was they insisted on doing outdoor rituals without shoes on. Prudence knew it could be worse. The thought of going skyclad—naked—filled her with horror.
But now the circle had ended, and Prudence, unable to find her sandals, was picking her way through the woods to find fuel for the bonfire while pebbles and sticks scraped and poked her feet.
Good thing it was Beltaine, and almost summer. She couldn't imagine doing this at Samhain in the October chill. They better have the fire ready before the ritual then. If she was still in the coven.
Ignoring the large logs she couldn't easily carry, Pru filled her arms with smaller sticks. One load down. She'd head back, drop these off and—
"Where is it?"
Pru gasped and spun around, dropping the sticks. One of them landed squarely on her poor bare foot.
"Oh, dear, Prudence!" Pru's best friend, Michelle, exclaimed. "I didn't mean to--"
"Let it be. Something in the way you moved startled me. It's just been a hard day's night and I've been working--"
"Yes, I know, Pru. We all have. But we can work it out. It's for the goddess. Remember, She loves you."
"Yeah, but she's across the universe."
"No, she just came in. Yesterday."
"Why didn't I see her?"
"Because. She came in through the bathroom window."
Pru looked at her swelling foot. I should have known better, she thought, and she wondered if she'd be able to carry that weight down the long and winding road back home. "It's too rocky in the woods," she said. "I don't think I can do it."
"Hey, then why don't we do it in the road?"
Opening: December Quinn.....Continuation: Pacatrue/EE