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Feels Like Rain

I can remember that just a few days ago, I was excited about the organically growing Faerie around me. And I had a lively conversation with Dyisi about whether or not she hates me. And some other things. And I can remember that just a few days ago, I was excited about redecorating my beautiful treehouse and making the house on the island a beautiful place for Nathaniel and me to live. I can muster a little bit of excitement about the Great Faire, but there’s some fear in there as well. What if Mother replies and doesn’t want to see me? I don’t think I could bear it. Of course I’ve heard nothing from her as yet. But we live in hope? Not always.

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Springtime.

I’m remembering that kind of feeling I used to get when we’d have a rainy spring in London. Don’t get me wrong: English spring is a beautiful season—if it’s not constantly grey and raining. And while it’s not constantly grey and raining here, it is often raining. I was told to expect this when I decided to relocate to the Pacific Northwest. Faerie’s weather, of course, doesn’t have to adhere to the island’s—but if I don’t consciously change it, here it seems to want to be just like White Owl. It’s beautiful, truly. And the greens are like nothing I’ve ever seen before. But it may be a little more work than I was expecting.

What would help me feel better, I wonder? Ice cream? Music? Great sex? Learning something new? Some combination of the above?

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Only the Faire to look forward to.

Right now, it feels like I have only the Faire to look forward to. But that’s something. And I can’t get this idea out of my head; it’s a story about a raven Fae, nowhere near as vicious as Nemaine, and a little girl. And it has something to do with roses. I’ll figure it out. Maybe I’ll figure it out as soon as it stops raining.

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Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I’d never try to put the family back together without it!

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Another Kind of Contentment

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There’s something wonderful about a walk to work that takes minutes.

There’s something wonderful about a walk to work that takes minutes. I could take the scooter, but I keep wrecking it on the kerbstones. I love the way the mist rises off the water some mornings. From the back of our house, the place that I think will become the library, you can barely see the forest shore when it’s misty the way it was this morning.

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And what is it, really, about a bookstore?

And what is it, really, about a bookstore? Books are almost a dying breed. I myself read most things on my iPad these days. Nathaniel resists. He stares at my iPad with suspicion. I tried to explain to him once that files full of text are not very big, so you can put an entire library on an iPad. He does not understand how I can read on such a thing. The first time iBooks switched to night mode when he turned off his bedside lamp, I thought he was going to have a heart attack. We are slowly, slowly introducing him to modern technology. It is a series of shocks. I do still intend to have Wren around sometime just so we can make him watch the Twilight films.

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But a bookstore.

But a bookstore. Yes, I sit at my desk, in the bookstore, reading ebooks on my iPad. But most of White Owl Island hasn’t caught on to the technology thing yet, even though I’ve made sure there’s free wifi up and down the High Street. I don’t think most of our residents even own smartphones. Then again, that’s more bandwidth for me, I suppose. Of course, you can’t put properly magical books onto an iPad, or you can’t yet. That might be a job for someone on the Island, if I could only find a proper technomancer. Arahaelon at least doesn’t seem to be afraid of computers, and Dyisi has never shied away from anything new and interesting. I love the atmosphere in Codex; it’s like a bookstore and a book club and a hangout spot and a coffee shop all in one, even though the coffee shop is actually about 10 yards away, or next door.

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Speaking of coffee, I think I’ll get some before I open the shop.

Speaking of coffee, I think I’ll get some before I open the shop. The guy who owns the coffee shop is usually open way before I’m up in the morning. By the time I make my way to him, the morning crowd (all three of them) are already hanging out outside the bookstore, perusing the used stuff I leave out just for kicks. Funny how my books are never bothered by the humid weather or the frequent rain. I tell people the awning is enchanted. It’s actually the books. But if people knew they were reading enchanted books, they might get ideas.

Coffee. I definitely need coffee.

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A Dream of White Owl

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Gwyneth:

You know how sometimes you have this dream that just seems completely disjointed when you try to remember it later, but at the time, it all seems connected, like nothing could ever be out of place?

I guess most dreams are like that.

What’s odd for me is the image of the white owl that keeps fluttering through these dreams. I’ve never had a particular affinity for owls. I mean, they’re lovely, and I enjoy watching them, but they are creatures of air and I am a creature of water, inasmuch as I can be a creature of anything except pure magic.

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It began in a Winter Garden

It began in a winter garden. I found myself dancing in front of a crescent moon. Not that that’s unusual or anything: I remember thinking at the time that it was probably a symbolic dream and this was all allegorical. Yeah: I even edit my own dreams. I’m an intrusive and unreliable narrator. It’s like the cast of a weird paranormal fantasy novel up in here.

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And of course the scene changed, like they do.

And of course the scene changed, like they do. I was descending this weird staircase, which obviously led nowhere, but it made perfect sense at the time. Then I noticed this white owl around my neck, which only clocked because I keep noticing white owls turning up in my dreams everywhere.

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Then, another crescent, and a sense of profound disorientation.

Then, another crescent, and a sense of profound disorientation. Where was I, anyway? Why was everything covered with snow? It’s summer. Obviously, not in Australia. But that was “real” world geography, something I shouldn’t even be measuring things by any more. So, yeah. Some kind of dream world and me all underdressed as I often am in dreams, but at least feeling comfortable. I’m sure I was wearing sandals, though I don’t think I ever looked at my feet.

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And speaking of disorientation….

And speaking of disorientation….

The scene changed again, and I was on some kind of pier, watching a ferry disappear into some kind of mountainous distance. Why was I even watching a ferry? Is that how I got tot this place?

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Frankly, it was even weirder than my usual dreams.

Frankly, it was even weirder than my usual dreams. There was nobody around; the whole place seemed deserted.

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I made my way up a set of steps to a boardwalk.

I made my way up a set of steps to a boardwalk. In the distance, there was this gorgeous house, and I promised I’d made my way there. On the boardwalk, it looked like there should have been a market in place, but again, there was no one to be seen. Stuff was just lying around as if all the inhabitants had just disappeared.

So strange.

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I walked further up into the town.

I walked further up in to the town and flicked my hair back from my— yeah, everything had changed again. The clothes notwithstanding, I felt completely out of place in this odd, deserted town. Where were all the people?

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I made my way to sort of an observation area that led to a smaller boardwalk.

I made my way to sort of an observation area that led to a smaller boardwalk. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the house on the beach. It seemed so familiar, as if I should know who lived there, only again, there was no movement except for the waves against the rocks. I could hear birdsong, but I saw no birds.

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I let myself look out over the ocean for a few minutes.

I let myself look out over the ocean for a few minutes. It really was beautiful.

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But then I got this strong feeling it was time to move on. More to explore, I thought; more to see.

But then I got this strong feeling it was time to move on. More to explore, I thought; more to see. Again, the world seemed to spin.

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And it was the middle of the day, but I was dressed to the nines. And nervous.

And it was the middle of the day, but I was dressed to the nines. And nervous. It felt like I was waiting for someone, someone important, but I couldn’t have told you who it was. The house in the background, again, that feeling of prickly familiarity, that I should know who lived there. And wasn’t there a house like that, sometime, some time ago, in the Bower? My old Bower, lost now to Faerie’s intermittent remaking of itself.

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The feeling of anticipation was heady, like that feeling you get when you’re waiting for a first date.

The feeling of anticipation was heady, like that feeling you get when you’re waiting for a first date. What on earth was I doing in a little seaside town — at least I thought it was the same town, dressed like that and feeling like that? I’d even brought out my best jewels for the occasion. I smelled something; was it moss? More than the flowers all around, this was a wet smell. As if everything was wet.

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And then I was walking out the door of a grocery store?

And then I was walking out the door of a grocery store? What was that all about? And wow, torn jeans, and a feeling of comfort, of belonging, like I lived here… and yet still there were no people No one.

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Fresh fruit and veg for days, and no one to buy it.

Fresh fruit and veg for days, and no one to buy it. What was that about? I felt comfortable just picking something up and taking a bite, though. I think it was a cherry. No pun intended.

So. That house. I had to find that house.

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I spotted the chimney in the distance and plotted a path.

I spotted the chimney in the distance and plotted a path.

But before I got there—just before I got there, as a matter of fact, I stopped short. There in the front garden, or what might have been the side garden, of this house, was a statue. My statue. The one I bought at the Great Faire auction for … well, for quite a lot of gold, and I won’t say how much. The statue of the harper, called “The Last Hope”. What was it doing here?

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It felt like I stood there for hours, wondering.

It felt like I stood there for hours, wondering.

Then, I turned and walked toward the house, which appeared from a short distance to be completely empty.

And I woke up. Without ever seeing the house up close. So much for the mystery of why my  statue was outside.

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White Owl Pier Photos:
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Necklace: Spell, Branch Choker (Available at The Chapter 4!)
Setting: White Owl (which shall remain a mystery for now!)

Town and Observation Pier Photos:
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Head: Catwa Jessica
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Hair: Runaway, Sophie (Available at Hairology!)
Clothes: Jangka, Corset, Pants & Short Boots (Available at The Fantasy Gacha Carnival!)
Setting: White Owl (which shall remain a mystery for now!)

Garden Pavilion Photos:
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Dress: FurtaCor, Giovanni (Available at The Instruments!)
Shoes: KC Couture, Huelva
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, Aglaea’s Splendour
Setting: White Owl (which shall remain a mystery for now!)

The Last Hope Photos:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Jessica
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Hair: Phoenix, Janet (Available at Hairology!)
Clothes: Lybra, Ada Leggings & Tunic (Tunic is rare) (Available at The Fantasy Gacha Carnival!)
Boots: Illi, Blue Medieval Archer Boots (Available at The Fantasy Gacha Carnival!)
Necklace: Empyrean Forge, Aglaea’s Splendour
Setting: White Owl (which shall remain a mystery for now!)

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never have disturbing dreams without it!