A MOTHER’S GIFT

Published March 25, 2018 by rochellewisoff

This week Pegman takes us to Yellowstone National Park in the US. You’ll find both streetview and photo spheres to inspire you. Choose any place within Yellowstone and write 150 words inspired by it. Once your piece is polished, you can share it with others at the link up below:

Many thanks to our tropical travelers Karen and Josh for hosting this challenge. 

There were so many gorgeous photos to choose from.

This week I took an old tale out of storage. It was one of my first Friday Fictioneers stories in 2012 (when I was still just one of the gang) and, to this day, is one of my favorites. Fifty extra words afforded me the opportunity to flesh it out a bit. 

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 150

A MOTHER’S GIFT

            “Walk with me now.” Wind Woman squeezed her daughter’s hand. “It’s time you meet your mother.”

            Red Fawn burned with impatience. Any other time she would love to listen to Wind Woman’s many stories. They had given Red Fawn’s childhood life and song.

            Today she thought only of her warrior’s raven-black hair and bronzed arms encircling her. Of all the maidens in her clan, he’d chosen her.

            Following behind Wind Woman, Red Fawn pouted. “You’re my mother.”  

            “You must know your birth tribe. Your children must know.”

             At the top of the hill the older woman pointed to two burial mounds. “When we found them, he was dead. She laid you in my arms. Then she died.”

            Wind Woman’s dark eyes brimmed. She pressed her palms against Red Fawn’s cheeks. “Hair like fire. Eyes like sky. The Great Spirit gave you to me. Tomorrow I give you to Iron Wolf.”

 

36 comments on “A MOTHER’S GIFT

  • I really love this picture and story. It’s one of my favorites. I knew back then that you had a gift that needed to be shared. You can’t read this one and not feel emotions rising up. Good job Lady wordsmith.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    I have to agree with Karen. I want more! Why is it all things native feel spiritual and wise and real (as in, authentic)? Such a beautiful story.

    Lotsa love,

    Dale

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  • Oh, Rochelle, that’s lovely! There’s so much love and acceptance. And yet what a heritage for Red Fawn. It would have been Iron Wolf’s generation who killed Red Fawn’s parents, I would imagine. I wonder how that will play out in years to come…

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  • That bond between them is so moving, that love of Wind Woman for her adoptive child comes through so clearly, so desperately. She loves her, needs to let her go, yet it breaks her heart to do so, knowing all this budding woman will have to face through marriage and parenthood. Beautiful Rochelle

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  • I always read the comments to give me another perspective on the story that I may not have understood.. and am always so glad I did… this one was no exception, as your replies fleshed out the story and answered the questions I wanted to ask…it is the sort of story that you want to know more about everyone in it.. so vivid – clever old you…

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