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11 January 2007 @ 01:02 am
auri inkeri.  

Here is the next part. I hope it is agreeable to all. I realize that it's... different, considering it is taken from the voice of the grandmother rather than an anonymous third person narrator. Of course, it's changeable, if people have issues.


I am not a woman of great means. I keep my family fed, my garden growing, my home clean. Our life in the glade is simple. I could not ask for more. But blowing through the hemlocks is a new whisper I cannot deny. And I fear, Allewyn hears it as well.

As the notches I keep in the time tree have grown numerous with passing months, I have grown loathe to count them. I don't need to count them. Allewyn changes day by day. Even the loveliest girls I see in the village would pale beside her now. Already she walks like a willow branch swaying in the wind. For a changeling, she has far surpassed my expectations. I was afraid that she would grow comely... but my fears were unecessary.

Villages are vile places. Replete with vulgar folk of unusual idiocy, I can hardly be blamed for choosing to raise Allewyn outside of such septic areas. She is above them. But the trouble is that I can't keep her in the glade forever. She's nearly a woman now. She will want to know... She already wants to know about the world around her. She has a right to know. And I am no longer fit to simply saddle up Grendle and ride off into the horizon with Allewyn behind me. I have cursed the day I would admit, but the truth is that I am too old. I have had my share of journeys.

I will tell you about changelings. Perhaps you have heard of them. Perhaps you know of someone who can help us. But swear, swear to me you will not breathe a word to any soul or song bird liable to betray.

I am sure you have heard of changelings, and the tragedies that often surround them. I recall one story from years ago where a young couple from the village of Teidal lost their baby to the fae folk, only to have it swapped for a creton that ultimately grew to be a terror to her unwilling foster family. Changelings are children, human or fae, stolen from their families and placed in the care of a foster family, most often without permission of any parents involved. Why would fae folk be persuaded to steal a human babe? This question has plagued us for some time, and the only answer would seem to be their sheer love of mischief. So reckless are they that the act of exchanging one of their own for a human is clearly not considered immoral, according to whatever heathenous code it is they follow. But I digress.

Allow me to clarify. Allewyn was no replacement for a human babe stolen from me years ago. However, she is half fae; Allewyn's mother, ever my wandering prodigal daughter, somehow managed to rather indiscreetly couple with an elf. No ordinary fae was he, mind you. He was some prince or sheik or other. Nevertheless, their clandestine star-crossed romance quickly faded into bitter discord. Had Auri not been with child, they could have parted and gone their seperate ways, which is typically the practice of the fae folk. Her pregnancy, however, created a grand problem for a number of reasons.

Firstly, Auri was a common human, and her elf was an aristocrat of some kind; whereas, relations between humans and fae are viewed as inappropriate and dangerous. Secondly, Auri's human identity had not been revealed to the other fae in the area because they would not tolerate a human in their midst, and the elf's romance with her would have hardly been accepted. Fae, you see, are very private folk, and although it is true that they are fairer and more elite than humans, they have no magic, nor do they believe in it. Magic, as the fae have it, is something humans imagined in their ignorance of the laws of nature and science. Therefore, concealing Auri's identity had been a simple matter of keeping her out of public eye. Because, as legend has it, fae folk and human kind are distant relations; humans are all the crude things that fae are not. And fae are our very complicated, wonderful, mysterious, earth-loving, and mystic cousins. Who, by the way, happen to have pointed ears.

Pointed ears. That reminds me of Allewyn. I was worrying she might develop those. You see, Auri ran away from the fae folk and returned to me. Doing so, however, enraged the elf lord who sent many fae in all directions to seek her out. Auri carried his first born fae, or half fae, I suppose; and he only wanted the child. The fae are very protective of their own kind. And I surmise he hoped that he could raise Allewyn without ever telling anyone she was half human.

Because we are so far from the villages of men, Auri carried her child to full term safely and Allewyn came into the world in mid winter. As a babe she resembled any other human newborn, except that one of her eyes was a soft brown and the other, a clear blue. I suppose it was a clever trick nature played to remind us that she would always be half one thing, and half the other. I brought myself to forgive Auri, and we were able to live happily together for some time. Then one day, not quite a year after Allewyn was born, her mother went out to search for kindling. I never saw Auri again.

I am amazed that Allewyn has thrived. According to popular lore, fae typically grow weak and die without the care of their own kind, or, inversely, turn into malevolent haunts that terrorize the human families they have been left with. Allewyn is a changeling because she is fae and has been raised by myself, a simple herbalist. Although, I'll admit, I learned a great deal of methods from Auri, who returned from the fae awash with secrets of the earth.

The future plagues me. Allewyn knows nothing of who she is. And her ears may yet come to point. I imagine her mother perished, but there is no doubt in my mind that she is still sought by the fae folk, who live much longer than we do.

Listen to the wind. The hemlocks never lie.

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An Adventurer Is Me!timeless_story on January 11th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
ooooh, this is great! did you already change it to public or do i still need to?
kiwiecho8907 on January 11th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
i changed it to public. i'm so glad you like it. i was worried people wouldn't because it's different. *relieved.*
An Adventurer Is Me!timeless_story on January 11th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
it's fine! we'll just have to figure out if she's the only character that gets first person, or what.
Ginger: as you wishdying_to_live_7 on January 11th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
you, my friend are genious!

now we have another story i can get addicted to LOVELY! ^__^
kiwiecho8907 on January 11th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)

hahaha i SLAVED over this, trying to make it sound right. i am glad you like it
Ginger: cladio oh oh!dying_to_live_7 on January 11th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
you have a gift. lol
winterfoxpohatu3220 on January 12th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
nice writing yes. the writing flows smoothly enough here, reads kind of like a letter. seems to be a opening to the other piece more or less. works in a non chronological order too, to reveal that the story is more complicated than displayed in the other peace. kind of like a big reveal.

its good to hear more about the actual setting and elements of this world. however the way it was described, to me, seems like a history book. in that the facts are straight forward mostly. a good element would be the reader learning at the same pace as Allewyn. the reader after all is as oblivious as she is until this point. it would add a bigger element of mystery. (you could always ignore this criticism though, I'm a Lost addict)

you guys (girls, w/e) are doing a good job so far. emily is supposed to post the next part Friday night. tentative, I am just the messenger.
kiwiecho8907 on January 12th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
"seems like a history book. in that the facts are straight forward mostly."

ah yes. well, here a few things you may notice.

firstly, it is part of the grandmother's voice. she is a no nonsense kind of person- simple life, etc. also, notice how she never really even goes much into mourning the loss of auri after she disappears. she is... wordy, but kind of dry.

secondly, this part of the story is, to some extent, supposed to read like a history book. admittedly, revealing allewyn's changeling identity could have been held till later but- i am working with two other people, we might have had some contextual difficulties. this is my first post- i have more power to shape the story here than i will at any other time, so this is what i chose to do.

if i have any ability to predict how events will unravel further, i imagine that the reader will have plenty of time to get to know allewyn as she experiences the world outside of the glade. and there will be plenty of room for more mystery. ^_^

thank you for you comments.

winterfoxpohatu3220 on January 12th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
hey now let's not make her feel committed, one can't rush art.

on the other hand. FRIDAY NIGHT BRING IT ON!!! *waves rubber #1 hand around*

hmm, that's sort of mean. sorry clove. :P

this comments getting sloppy. better stop now.
kiwiecho8907 on January 12th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
yes. well. it would be sweet if it was writ for tonight, but if she can't well thats understandable too. life has a way of ... seizing you at the most inconvenient times
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ .ɖɑɽƙƑæɽɨεɖևʂʈ. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ: Amy Brown Fairylemoncookie on January 13th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC)
Bravo!!! You are quite a skilled writer! More! More! More!

I love how different it is, btw. -D Who wants to read a story that is like everything else out there?? You are very creative to have imagined all of this. I love all of the myth and folklore, and very nice character development. =D Keep it coming!
kiwiecho8907 on January 13th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
swirls82swirls82 on January 20th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
All I can say....Is I have been reading bit by bit what I see on this site Izzy and this story is sounding more and more amazing. When it's complete, you ladies should print it out and take it to staples to have it bound. It shouldnt cost you more than five or seven dollars per copy. Anyways....this story sounds good. What is the link again, where I can read the story word for word , start to finish ?
By the way the song I wanted you to read is titled " DRINK YOU IN " . Catch ya later