In The Valley Below

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


In the valley below, Marcus the shepherd was whistling for his dogs to gather the sheep for the morning counting.  Meredith, even from where she sat high above, had already counted them herself and was glad to see none were missing.  Sound carried easily from the valley, so Meredith could hear the commands given to the dogs and the sheep.  She heard squeals of laughter and turned her eyes to another part of the valley, where the Swenson children were running about, playing.
They were a good enough distance from the herd not to be a bother.  In fact, Meredith would be surprised if Marcus or any of his animals gave the children the slightest heed at all.  There was plenty of room for both.
She remained where she was at the top of the mountain, with the cool wind whipping her hair about.  How small the people and animals looked from that place.  She realized she was watching both work and play at once, and a pang of loneliness filled her.  Part of her wanted to join Marcus in his daily work, tending the sheep.  Another part wished to take a place in the Swenson children’s impromptu game of tag.  She wanted to grow wings and fly down to the valley.
But Meredith stayed where she was.  It was far too late today to walk down there and join in anything.  The two pictures in front of her were too pretty to touch.  Perhaps tomorrow she would refrain from her hike to the peak of the mountain and walk down to the valley instead.  Today was for watching, and for listening.  The wind, the shepherd, the children…  It was all filled with beauty she couldn’t describe, and she felt proud to simply see it.


Submitted: June 13, 2021

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