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Portfolio Entries from Samantha England

  1. Epilogue | The End, Perhaps

    The tale now finished and Darrah’s woe now made known to Corvus, silence took its place as the Raven God mused through his thoughts on the matter. Darrah, all this time, had not looked to Corvus and now took a small measure of peace in the silence. Corvus would make his conclusion known when he chose and not a moment sooner. He stared deeper into the Great Forest, into its shadows and shades and with great futility searched for the brightness he missed with equal greatness. “You still love...
  2. CH 6 | Of Us (Part 2)

    It had been a mere two days since the Crow Lord had last seen Asha, and the atmosphere of the ruined tower felt lonelier for it. Darrah had not known much peace as he cared for the birds that roost at the height of the tower. The shadows seemed longer and time simply went on without him. He only did his duty. The numb anticipation of his duties as a Forest God, however, did not stop his feeling of the hollowness in his chest. The hours were no longer as bright as they once were to him and...
  3. CH 6 | Of Us (Part 1)

    Asha trudged through the snow, her wool cloak drawn tight around her - so tight that her knuckles were pale. Shivering, she continued walking though was not looking ahead. Her eyes only followed the next few feet of snow, barely glancing at the roots of the oak trees that were almost completely buried. It was all she could really think about. She simply had to keep walking forward until she found him and this continued until she ran into someone. The texture of feathers told her who it was....
  4. CH 5 | The Monster (Part 2)

    The Forest Gods of the Winter Court were silent, the Holly King sitting upon the throne in the Heart of the Forest - silent as the rest of them. The Great Forest was muted, far quieter than it was during the time of the Summer Court. Snow drifted down from the sky, not even a breeze to stray them from their course - only the shuffling of those gathered moved the snow, and their whispers the only sound. Darrah preferred this, even though he was certain that most of the silence was because of...
  5. CH 5 | The Monster (Part 1)

    They were running low on supplies again. Asha was again in the Great Forest gathering as many herbs as she could possibly carry for her mother. The remedies and potions were being used up almost as soon as they were made. The sick were many and the numbers were only growing as people from nearby villages were now coming to her home seeking her mother's help. She was solemn as she carefully dug and gathered bundles before putting them in her satchel. The atmosphere of the Great Forest was...
  6. CH 4 | The Fragile Heart (Part 3)

    The snow had been falling for a few hours now, falling slowly and gently. Darrah looked up at the sky, seeing the tones of grey clouds and the spot of brightness marking the sun’s position in the day. The Autumn Equinox was near its end, but the great battle that had ended only those few hours ago changed the Great Forest. Rulership changed from Samhradh to Geamhradh and all the Forest Gods had come to listen. None would watch as it was forbidden, the conflict between the Oak and Holly King...
  7. CH 4 | The Fragile Heart (Part 2)

    Asha worked alongside her mother in the workshop, silent as she cleaned a multitude of vials. Sirona made many glances towards her daughter, and each time her worry only grew. The silence was not a trait of Asha's, but today she was not bubbling about her latest adventure in the Great Forest. Sirona had noticed that her daughter hadn't stepped foot in the forest for nearly two weeks now, nor spoken any word relating to the Crow Lord and Sirona was not blind to the likelihood that something...
  8. CH 4 | The Fragile Heart (Part 1)

    Asha decided to tell him. It had been only a few days since her last visit to the ruined tower, but she was sure of her feelings. This did not stop her from worrying about Darrah's reaction to those feelings, however, as she again walked through the forest for yet another visit. The morning had been muted for Asha because of them, but she was sure. When she arrived at the tower she stopped before its entrance. Asha wondered if she could even step inside and face him with these changed...
  9. CH 3 | Of Change (Part 4)

    Asha pulled her long wool coat around herself tighter, the wind colder than it had been for the past week. The Autumn Equinox was soon upon the Great Forest, and afterward the winter season. Despite the growing cold, however, Asha walked along the path towards the ruined tower, eager to visit Darrah again. Her pace was quick, not wanting to be in the cold too long and knowing that once she was inside the tower it would be at least marginally warmer. She was so focused on her destination,...
  10. CH 3 | Of Change (Part 3)

    The Crow Lord had left his ruined tower and now walked through the forest with a single crow flying through the trees as his single companion. The bird often landed and perched on the branch of a tree several feet away until Darrah had reached it, then the bird would fly ahead again and repeat the process. Sometimes it cawed, perhaps having though it some game or decided to be a guide to its master on this particular trip. Not that he needed it, for Darrah had made this trip several times...
  11. CH 3 | Of Change (Part 2)

    It was only a few days later, as Darrah checked on the birds, when Asha dashed inside with all suddenness. This spooked the ravens and crows and they cawed their indignation as she ran into him and wrapped her arms around his chest. Startled as well, it took the Crow Lord a few moments before he realized that she was sobbing. It was then with care that he put his arms around her in an attempt to comfort her as her small body shook. “What has happened Asha?” He asked her quietly, the birds...
  12. CH 3 | Of Change (Part 1)

    It had come as a great surprise to Darrah when Corvus appeared in the ruined tower. The ravens and crows cawed at the sudden gust of wind. Darrah turned calmly when the wind died down, and his mismatched gaze met the Raven God's own of dark-hued amber. He looked as ageless as all Forest Gods did, and framed by long silver hair, but his aura proved that he was one of the old Forest Gods - having existed for thousands of years versus Darrah's few centuries. His layered robe was a shade...
  13. CH 2 | My Life and Yours (Part 4)

    Asha was as quiet as she could manage as she opened the backdoor into her home. She crept into the small cottage, and once safely inside, she then closed the door softly. Asha gave a small sigh in relief and relaxed. She would have been in so much trouble if her mother had- “So what possessed you to sneak out of the house after night had fallen and then stay out far too late?” Asha tensed against the stern tone of her mother, and slowly she turned around to face her. Sirona was certainly...
  14. CH 2 | My Life and Yours (Part 3)

    At the beginning of the autumn season when the days were still warm, Asha was intently focused on the dark leather cords in her hands. Earlier, she had successfully convinced her mother to let her have some to practice braiding with. This was true, but what was more truthful was the desire to make a gift for Darrah. She had decided on making him a leather bracelet, along with one for herself. Asha was certain they were friends now and wanted something to signify it. However, what she thought...
  15. CH 2 | My Life and Yours (Part 2)

    The next time Asha visited Darrah, she had managed to convince him to join her in finding herbs in the Great Forest. This was the most common chore she did for her mother, as Sirona trusted that her daughter wouldn't bring back the wrong herbs or something poisonous. Those she went out and picked herself, since Asha wasn't that far along in her apprenticeship yet. So, while Asha kept an eye out for patches of the herbs she knew by heart, she and Darrah walked along a fairly worn path....
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