First Page – Tales from the Sacred Forest

I thought I would post some of my short story First Pages.  Today’s is from Tales of the Sacred Forest.

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In a magikal forest, two legendary creatures meet. Tran, a centaur, finds a runaway orphan sleeping in his home. Though shy of humans, he knows she means no harm. As time passes, these unlikely friends grow to love and respect each other more and more. But how can two such different beings make a life together? What kind of future would they have?

FIRST PAGE

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there lived a beautiful golden Centaur named Tran. The forest where he lived was Sacred and was named Imnar. His task was to watch over all the beings who lived there. There were animals of many different species: wood nymphs who are exquisite creatures, sprites, faeries, elves and gnomes, all in this forest could speak. Although Tran loved his duty of protector, there were times when he felt a great loneliness, a feeling of being incomplete.

One day a raven named Bran came swooping in. “Tran – Tran there is a human in the forest. She seems to be asleep, but could be hurt. The nymphs are watching over her but are afraid in case she wakes. They do not want to frighten her.”

Tran and Brun hurried through the forest to where the group were standing. When he looked down at her Tran’s heart skipped a beat – she was so beautiful and in her sleeping state looked so at peace. He organised the Sprites and Wood Nymphs to move her to a more comfortable place. They took her to a hollowed out tree house, made her comfortable and took turns watching over her. During the next two days, they all came to admire the human’s delicate beauty. They were greatly concerned that she may not awaken.

On the third day, while Tilly the Sprite was watching over her, she began to stir. As Tilly watched, she opened her eyes, looking up at Tilly in surprise for she had never seen a Sprite before. Tilly began to reassure her that she was safe.

“Please don’t be afraid” said Tilly. “We found you unconscious in the Sacred Forest. You had a bump on your head. We have been so worried; you have been asleep for two days.”

The girl could not seem to speak; she was in awe of the ethereal delicate beauty of Tilly. She realised though that she did not feel afraid.

“I must go and get Tran,” said Tilly. “He asked to be called when you woke up.” Tilly saw the look in the girls eyes and said “Tran is the protector of the Sacred Forest; he will explain everything to you.” Tilly went out leaving the girl to her thoughts. She was very curious about this place and was trying to remember how she got there. She had a sense that there was something very magical about it.

A short time later Tran arrived. As he entered, the girl felt a powerful presence and also had a wonderful feeling of safety. She was intrigued by him, as she had never seen a Centaur before. She looked at his strong legs and body, at his powerful arms and chest, at his face – which had both strength and a gentleness about it – at his thick golden hair and his deep blue eyes. She was in awe of him, for you see, a Centaur is half horse and half man and although she had heard stories she had always thought it was only a myth.

LINKS

Amazon US:  http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Sacred-Forest-Chkara-SilverWolf-ebook/dp/B00HK3TE52/

Amazon UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Sacred-Forest-Chkara-SilverWolf-ebook/dp/B00HK3TE52/

Website:    www.chkarasilverwolf.com

Blog:          www.sheerak.wordpress.com

Twitter:    www.twitter.com/ladychkara

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chkara.silverwolf

REVIEW

4.0 out of 5 stars A quick but lovely short story. January 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

This is quite a quick read but it tells about a young human girl who falls in love with a fairy beast of the forest. Their union is rift with tension but the ending is poignant and lovely, promising much more to come! I can’t say more, but, as always Silverwolf builds an evocative and gorgeous fantasy landscape

 

 

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Georgia’s Tea Party by Ch’kara SilverWolf

I wrote this story for Georgia who was ill at the time.  Her aunty had told me she loved faeries and purple, and so the story unfolded.

Georgia’s Tea Party

One bright sunny day Georgia was playing in her garden with her cat Jasmin.  She had made a cubby house near the big tree with one of her mother’s big purple sheets.  She draped it like a tent with her dad’s help and inside she had scattered some pillows around to sit on.  In the center was her tea set.

Georgia’s mother Kerri came down to the cubby with her little brother Blake and Georgia invited them to tea.  She formally sat them on cushions and made them comfortable, and then she bowed to them.  Today she was wearing her beautiful lilac faerie dress with soft satin slippers.  Her hair softly framing her face and big beautiful eyes.

Kerri and Blake settled into the cushions, Jasmin the cat was curled up asleep on a large cushion looking like a princess.  Georgia began to serve them afternoon tea when all of a sudden she saw a tiny little girl with dark curls and beautiful violet eyes.  She was wearing a rainbow colored dress, but what amazed Georgia the most were the wings coming from her back, they were beautiful.  Georgia could see through them and they seemed to be a golden color.

The little girl smiled and said “Hello Georgia, my name is Liselle, my friends and I were wondering if we might come to tea.”

“Where did you come from” said Georgia “and where are your friends, of course you can come to tea” the words tumbling out of her mouth quickly.

“Oh, we are Faeries, we live here all the time.”  Liselle waved her hand and all of sudden little lights seemed to blink everywhere and then they were surrounded by Faeries.  Georgia looked around in awe.

“Oh, how wonderful, can you see them mummy, oh aren’t they beautiful.”

“See what” said Kerri.  Georgia looked at Liselle and asked why her mother couldn’t see them.  Her little brother Blake had several Faeries and Elves sitting with him and playing.

“It’s very sad” said Liselle “but most grownups have allowed themselves to forget us.  Your mother had friends in the Faerie Realm when she was little like you, but she let her world turn her mind away.  If she begins to trust again in the magic and joy of life then her ability to see us may return.”

Georgia told her mother what Liselle had said and Kerri smiled and welcomed them to tea even though she could not see them.  Jasmin woke up with Faeries sitting on her back and grooming her fur, for cats can see all beings from the other realms.

They had a lovely tea party and played lots of games.  Georgia told Liselle and her new friends that she would soon be starting school and how excited she was.  There would be so many new and wonderful things to learn.

“Please don’t forget us Georgia, we will be always here and we would ever so like to hear about your school days.  We go to school in our world too, we learn from the trees and plants, and from the birds and animals.  And we gain wisdom and knowledge from the oldest Faerie, Janora.”

“How do you learn from trees, and animals?” said Georgia.

“Janora tells us that all trees, plants, birds and animals are living things and all living things can communicate with you.  When you hear the wind blowing through the trees you can hear their music.  The animals show their love for you and talk through touch.  Jasmin talks to you all the time.  There is much beauty in your world if you listen for it.”

“Oh I will,” said Georgia “thank you for telling me how.  What a lovely day we are having.   Will you come to tea again?”

“Yes, we would like that very much, we must go now.   Thank you for a lovely day.”  All the other Faeries and Elves said thank you and waved good bye and disappeared.  Blake laughed and clapped his hands in delight and Jasmin purred and curled up and went to sleep again.

“Oh mummy what a lovely day we have had, I hope that you can see my friends one day.”

Kerri smiled at Georgia, and secretly hoped that one day she would.