When I cannot sleep, I walk the Land. It’s become sort of a peaceful duty for me.
Now, in Winter, now that we are truly in its grasp, I’m as enchanted by how beautiful the world is in its near-death sleep, almost as enchanted as I am by the first buds of spring or the overwhelming scent of the rosebushes coming in to bloom later in the year.
And yet, last year, I slept like this too, as if I were hibernating. Any movement I made seemed somnambulant. The bower grow wild around me, and I found myself, when I awoke, sleeping outdoors in a bed grown from a tree. If Nathaniel and Wren hadn’t been on hand to wake me up, I don’t know what I’d have done when I finally regained consciousness. Maybe I’d be in that forest still.
Now that it’s possible to see through the leafless trees, I realise how small my little bower really is. How fragile it is. How nearly everything can be seen from everywhere else. If I turn around, I can see Wren’s treehouse, the Storyteller’s House, the council table, my own house, the children’s houses.
Everything, so out int he open. Trees laid bare by winter. I think folk, Fae and mortal alike, must be similar in this. When you strip all the leaves, the outward trappings away, you must be able to see right through us.
How small my world has grown, how insular. I must find a way to open it back up, to see more things, invite more folk in, be more than I am now. How is it, in my weakest time, that I decide to do such things? Things that require strength and fortitude, things I’m not sure I have.
But here, Universe. Here is my call to you, my plea: send me folk to wander in my forests. Bring me lives to cherish and get to know. Find my spiritual brothers and sisters, and call them here. Call them home.
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Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: Izzie’s, Taleah Catwa applier in Frost, Maitreya and SLink body appliers in Frost
Head: Catwa Jessica
Hair: Damselfly, Anniston (Available at Tres Chic)
Crown: Junbug, The Sabrina Circlet
Ears: BentBox, Sylvan Ears, Medium (Available at We Love Roleplay)
Eyes: IKON, Sovereign Eyes, Ghost
Dress: Evaline In The Box, Gytha Dress & Cloak in Red (Available at Fair Play, which opens on 1 December, in just a couple of days!)
Shoes: Aisling, Tess Orty Shoes, Faded (even if you can’t see them!)
In the bower:
Seelie Queen Residence: LAQ, Picturesque Cottage
Ballroom: The Looking Glass, Enchanted Ballroom
Gazebo: Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Seelie Gazebo, Wide
Council Table & Chairs: Noble Creations, The Round Table (Available at We Love Roleplay)
Trees: Studio Skye, Enchanted Woods
Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never leave home without it!
Fair Play opens on the first of December and runs through the seventh of January. Make sure to check out the Advent Calendar there, where you can get a beautiful free item every day!