Saturday, March 03, 2007
New Beginning 232
The Ashana stood outside the small hut. Her mind deep in thought, behind her the moaning grew quiet and finally faded to nothing. There was a moment before the crying of the infant began. His skin not yet dry and he had felt his mother's passing. The Ashana turned, quickly walking back inside.
"Hurry, cover the babe." The Ashana handed some blankets to the young healer.
"What will we do Ashana? The mother's spirit has crossed and the child bears the mark." The healer gathered their materials and tied them into bundles that would fit on their horses.
"Her spirit is gone. We leave the body and take the babe. The Hiromen will be on their way. The Di-Shana watch the skies tonight and will send them for the boy. We can not allow that." The Ashana picked the infant up, rocking him softly. "No longer will I stand by."
The healer stood, she gently pulled a blanket over the body on the hearth. The Ashana waited and then pushed the baby into her arms."You will take the boy to the far lands."
The boy's father stepped forward and looked, pleading, at the two women. "Is there no other way?"
The Ashana sighed. "The laws are written. I am sorry."
Grief-stricken and laden with guilt, the father turned away. He should have known no good would come from switching to a low-cost HMO.
Opening: Rashenbo.....Continuation: ril