The girl clutched locks of long hair to the top seams of the moss green linen of her dress. Her free hair streamed sunset above a white fog cloak. She flew against blustering sighs of wind above the hills to her mortal clan.
I am Siren, she thought. The mortal folk will hear my song.
This time, she concentrated not on the music but her words. The mortals never understood her music.
They will hear my words. All my heart will go in them!
“There!” a voice called. A lad by a whitewashed cottage on the hill pointed up to her. “T’is a keening woman!”
“She mourns before the death. Pop’s end is near.”
Stinging tears slipped past Siren’s russet lashes. Hear my song of life, not death. Do you not hear my words?
Thank you for looking in.
I’m happy to state that despite a couple months packed with health issues, I can work on short stories. Maybe while you can’t see those stories, they don’t matter.
Okay, here’s the fun part–assuming you clicked on this blog for the “fairy tale” in the title.
I’ve recently discovered a few sites focused on fairy tale adaptations and interpretations.
This post’s fair image, an illustration by Anne Anderson, came from SurLaLune Fairy Tales. SurLaLune features “49 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations”.
Fairytalez.com brings in modern interpretations in its collection of classic and original fairy tales, folk tales, and fables. I’m working on an entry to one of their current competitions [which didn’t make it in on time, sadly].
A particularly exciting discovery is Enchanted Conversation, is a free, bi-monthly webzine publishing original stories and poems using fairy tale, folklore, and mythic themes. The organization isn’t highly intuitive, but I think the poetic stories are worth a few extra clicks.
Please let me know what you think!
This post has been revised from its original.