Thursday, May 10, 2007
New Beginning 276
Above us, brittle in the gusting wind, frozen branches strained for the sun. Our horses struggled through drifts that punctuated the road at regular intervals; the jingle of the bells on their tack, which I had hoped would lift the gloom that hovered over me, instead sounded chill, and as the sharp cold of the thinning air confirmed that Joshua and I were nearing the Abbey, only the memory of my father’s words urged me forward. Father had charged me with becoming the next Contender--and with discovering what had become of my brothers who had gone before me to the Abbey of the Mirror.
Joshua, alone, had accompanied me on this, the final leg of my journey. His breath steamed before him now, leaving a dusting of frost on his graying beard. He saw how I shivered despite my furs, and passed me a coarse blanket from within his saddlebag. I clutched it to my chin.
"I fear you need this blanket yourself, Joshua," I said.
He smiled. "I have traveled on colder days, my lady."
Jingle bells: $5.00
Coarse blanket: $28.00
Horse tack: $700.00
Listening to Mother, who said don't listen to Father: Priceless
Opening: Jennifer French.....Continuation: takoda