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September 9th, 2009


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06:13 am - Paragraphs-at-a-Time Story, "The Branch" #9
So, what shall we do with that blade?

Last entry ended with She picked up the knife..


The scalloped blade of the silver knife matched the waves on the lone tree's bark. Wave upon wave, low and high, inside, outside --

“Double, double, toil and trouble,” Tim said, laugh purr heartbreak.

“Quit clowning,” she murmured to him, lost love rising like a sea of fire, and then said to the tree, “We thank you,” and cut.

A perfect square of bark fell into her hand. As it fell, it turned into red gold.

Above her head the Branch cracked, and around them rose the wind, hot from the depths.

She put the bark to her lips. “Tell me what you need,” she said.

Tim hesitated for a breath – she felt the change in the circle, the shudder down deep – but then kept going. His footsteps grounded her.

But she heard nothing.

“Tell me what you need,” she said.

Falling falling and the pain, came the answer. Tears, came the answer.

On the outer circle, Tim muttered something. Then, lash of wind, lash of words -- “Let me.”

“No.”

“Let me, I said.” He stopped and crouched down, his yellow-gold human eyes brighter than the bit of tree she held in her hand, and the wind whirled against the circle, and she felt the shudder everywhere.

“No. Keep your hair on, Rodriguez,” she managed to say. She tipped her head back so that the Branch filled her gaze, she called on tears. This she could give them all.

Then she dug the knife-point into her palm, even as Tim leapt.

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May you get all good answers to your questions today!

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From:paratti
Date:September 9th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
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Good one.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
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Thank you thank you, L! And happy Wednesday!
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From:freixenet
Date:September 9th, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
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Oh, yes. This is good.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
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Thank you thank you, F! [beams]
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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
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I so appreciate the reading and enjoying, L! Thank you, and a good day to you.
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From:anne_d
Date:September 9th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm really enjoying this.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad -- thank you thank you, A. Good Wednesday, too!
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From:winding_path
Date:September 9th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Goodness.

*settles in to wait impatiently for next installment*
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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad the ending of this bit worked for you, W_P! Thank you thank you! :-)
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From:mamculuna
Date:September 9th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
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Oooh. Like where this is going.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Thank you thank you! Now if I can just pull this off....

Anyhow, happy Wednesday!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:September 9th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Ooh...shuddery goodness!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Thank you thank you, ALH! [beams]
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From:kathyh
Date:September 9th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
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This is quite...magical. Really lovely writing :)

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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad the magic's working for you, K! :-) Thank you so much for reading and commenting -- I do appreciate it.
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From:gwynnega
Date:September 9th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
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A perfect square of bark fell into her hand. As it fell, it turned into red gold.

Great image.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, Gwynne, thank you twice! [beams] Happy Wednesday, too. :-)
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From:stateless82
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
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I did not expect that, though I think I should have, what with the scalloped knife and the waves on the tree bark.

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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Hee -- I always think that I'm tremendously predictable! ;-)

Thank you thank you, Susan. Sending hugs and good cheer, too...
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From:laurawise
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Rainkatt, thank you! Thank you, plus hugs!
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:September 11th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Ooh! I'm very keen to see where this is going.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 12th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
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We're getting close to the end now...

Thank you so much for reading and commenting. It's appreciated! Hugs and good thoughts!

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