Friday, November 9, 2012

Harvest--A Great Time for Farmers


Welcome to the Autumn Harvest Blog Hop and starr words! 

I spent a few of my youngest years on a farm, and while I was too little to really do much besides getting knocked down by the sheep, being chased by the chickens, climbing on huge piles of hay bales, or getting stuck in the middle of a wheat field in my red rain boots, I remember the time fondly. Well, maybe the getting stuck wasn't such a great thing. I didn't know about suction and how if I simply stepped out of my boots I'd be free. My Grampa saved me though. He was--and will always be--my hero!

So, I guess I'm saying that today, my guys of autumn are farmers. 



In the second book of The Double Keltic Triad, autumn isn't a happy time for Iain.

Summer turned to fall, and Iain's visits to the cairn became less frequent--the small hope he had cherished for so long faded to a dim reflection of Lara's golden beauty.

After his long hours of toil in the fields, he spent the shortening evenings in the seclusion of the pleasuance. His mother's gardens brought small comfort, even though he often felt the cool touch of her presence.

Iain harvested the last tender medicinal herbs and left the rest untouched. As he spread the leaves on trays for drying, the low hum of his mother's voice intruded on his solitude.

Believe.

He tossed a handful of leaves to the ground, kicked at the small table and knocked the tray to the ground. "I dinna wish to hear that word."

My son…

"Nay. Yer words dinna help me, Maither. I believed she would return, an' she has no'. I believed her words." Iain fell to his knees and covered his face with his hands. "I believed she loved me." The words were wrenched from his soul--what little soul he had left without Lara at his side.

You must…

"Nay. Dinna speak to me again of this." He gasped. "Dinna speak to me again. I willna listen."
The voice fell silent. Inconceivable as it was to him, the emptiness inside grew. He had chased away both women who loved him. He was truly alone.
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