The Integration of Her Soul

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


The sunset orange highlights her thick lashes, fair skin, and glossy lips. Breezes whip strands of her auburn hair against her cheeks, drawing attention to the determined set of her jaw. Her capable square hand with its sturdy fingers clutches the thick sea-green shawl tightly around her shoulders, here seated on top of the world, overlooking three valleys in a place she had never planned to be.

After the anguish of the tempestuous divorce, she had taken a day for meditation, to ask her guides, “What now?”, having lost everything she had accumulated all her life, and her guides had sent her across the ocean to here. She had sold her last possession, her car, to get here. This magical land had opened its arms to her. The charming room in the hobbit house with the iron dragon on the front had appeared from the mists, the gentle folk inhabiting the medieval stone village just down the hill felt like relatives she had known forever, and this spot, right here where she was sitting, had drawn her like a magnet from the first day she had explored this part of the mountain.

While the ravines are being efficiently tucked into the darkness by the falling shadows, the wild cries of the swifts and swallows fill the valley as they swoop their dinner from the air. The syncopated calls of the frogs bellow from below. Her heart loves this place with a wild abandon she could not have anticipated, and already she is deeply grieving the day she returns to her country, her life.

This breeze, this land, whispers to her, caresses and enfolds her as if she has always belonged here. Memories of her passionate past are resurfacing--the love, the faces--past experiences which will link her here forever.


Submitted: July 14, 2021

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