{cinda-story} a place to begin


Cinda Blackfeather Wyatt

“You’ll look a lot like you mother, I figure.” Siri Laramore observed of Cinda Wyatt (age: seven). She turned the pointed chin this way and that.

“Except I’ll have blue hair,” Young Cinda informed the elderly aunt (age: unknown) whom she’d just met. Cinda held out to the side a long tress of darkest brown, a shade said to be similar to her mother’s.

Enchanted and intrigued, Siri smiled deeply, “really?”

Elise Lark (age: 46) snorted. “What a preposterous supposition, young miss. Your Uncle Fox has been telling you too many tales.”

“No he hasn’t, but the man with the umbrella does, sometimes I can hardly get rest for his stories. Do you know the man with the umbrella, Aunt Siri?” Cinda’s solemn brown eyes studied the elderly woman’s lined face. She was hopeful in her search for sincerity.

“Ah, no. Did your Uncle introduce you to him?”


Aunt Elise busily stacked the emptied plates. “I swear, that man can’t leave it for the pub houses and market corners. He goes and fills this child’s head with these silly and gruesome stories he collects.”

“I’ve a memory for them,” the girl boasted, quoting her Uncle Fox’s praise. Her elder sister Celeste was going to be a dancer, her elder brother Simon a bard, her cousin Felice a costumer, her cousin Mem a carpenter…Cinda had been considering the vice of Storyteller.

Ivy suddenly spoke from her post at the wash bin, “Come Elise, what harm?!”

“What harm? Only a shattered faith when she is 15 and her hair is yet blue.” Elise spoke with wisdom of a woman robbed of her own dreams. “Or—or she turns 15 and her hair is blue and she no longer wants blue hair because she’ll look like a freak.” And she spoke as one whose husband left her for another woman.

Aunt Siri seemed to be ignoring the much younger woman. She had yet to look away from her contemplation of Cinda. “Do you have a tale of a woman with blue hair?”

“Not yet, it’s yet made, Aunt Siri.” Embarrassed to sound admonishing, Cinda continued quickly, “but I suppose I would begin with:” She straightened and took a steadying breath—composing her self as she composed the story. “There were many things the girl had always known. She knew her mother did not love her. And she knew that her father did love her and willed her into being. She knew that fire and ice would equally pain her when touched.  She knew that day would always follow night for all her living years. The girl suspected many knew these things as well. Some might have even told them to her in the cradle.

“But when she was 7, there were 7 things that she knew for certain no one had ever told her. Not even Aisling Sen who sees many things and whispers them to the wind so they might be carried to eager ears.

“One of the things she knew was that when she turned 15, she would wake and her darkest brown hair would be blue. She did not know how, or which particular hue it would be. She was only certain that it would.”

“And the other six?” Aunt Siri asked after Cinda had quieted.

“The first was that there would be things the girl would always know, that there were things she needn’t be told. But then, I think everyone is whispered this before their physical ears are formed.” It was apparent Cinda was still puzzling this out, and that she expected Siri Laramore to understand.

Ivy, who must have felt Elise’s chills, added her own mutter to that of her cousin’s, suggesting, “Maybe Elise is right. Fox needs mind his words.”

“I’d heard you were strange, Cinda Blackfeather,” Siri Laramore stated baldly. “That is why I insisted on meeting you last.”


–by Leslie Darnell

2nd part on Thursday.

see “Introduction” here.

{image: cinda-sketch #1 by R. Sean Darnell}

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Interesting, and I love the parenthetical use of ages. Are you planning on using this device throughout for supplemental info?

    Look forward to seeing where this all goes.

    1. L says:

      the parentheticals were a quirk that stayed from the first draft, but they could be useful throughout as well. I am going to keep your response to them in mind.


  2. tuulenhaiven says:

    I kind of liked the parantheticals too. 🙂 And I really liked the bit of story. I’m certainly intrigued.

    Love Sean’s illustration!

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