Tales of the Tuatha (chapter 25 of the keep it sweet and short tales)

 Bran’s Farewell

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Part 1

Niamh thought she had heard a soft murmur coming from the glowing canopy of cascading leaves. It slid over her like a veil . She was sure she had just asked a question but when she looked no one was there. She sat very still trying to recall what happened.  A raven barked raucously from a branch above her. She wondered if her eyes were playing tricks.  Light beams fanned outward from a spot between his open beak as though he held the sun.  The murmur returned but it became louder and formed words that seemed to come from inside her head.

Part 2

The raven looked at her and she thought she heard a familiar voice saying, “The rest of the journey is yours alone and one I cannot make with you.  The dreams you will find are not of the Tuatha.” There was a long sigh,  “May you be blessed and safe, sweet Niamh!”

She murmured quietly, “Safe journeys my own dear Bran!”

Reaching out she took hold of the tiny sun that was her 7th dream and in return the raven caught her tears in his beak. It would be their last gift to each other.  She was beginning to get a sense of  a strange unfolding and of an even stranger destiny.

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Peter Nena says:

    Much enjoyed once again.

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    1. thanks Peter!! More to come!

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  2. Too long have I waited for great stories to continue where the authors took their time. In the end it is worth it though as a great story takes time to tell. I hope you don’t keep us waiting too long between chapters as I enjoy reading this tale of yours. Great photos to go along with them. I almost don’t recognize them as photography but more as art that goes along with the story. Great job at combining the two.
    I once started a story myself but never got too far. I had all the chapters for 3 books laid out with a summary for each. All I needed to do was fill in the details of each one. I got about 5 or 6 chapters in and just never had the time after that to continue. I still keep a copy of it as I have been through 3 computers since I started it. I created an entirely new world. I went as far as creating a map with all the cities, towns, forests, rivers, creeks, mountains, oceans, lakes, and even detailed out the back stories of all the places. It’s a lot of work to do. I still hope one day to continue and now after reading your story it gives me a bit of motivation to try and find some time to pick it up again.
    I look forward to reading more about Niamh on her journey. It looks like it will be an interesting one. 🙂

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    1. I pray I won’t disappoint you Justin!! Thanks so much for you encouragement and comment!!!

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  3. The mystical quality of these images drew me into their composition.

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    1. That’s such a beautiful comment!! thank you!

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  4. I felt the hairs standing up on the back of my neck. It was quite a relief when Bran’s voice came, although still creepy.

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    1. thanks Sarah-the thicket thickens!

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  5. Oh! This is an important step in the story! And… the story does need room (regarding the number of words per chapter, something we talked about via email!). Great job!

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    1. yes, it seems to have grown!!! thanks so much Lizzie for coming along on Naimh’s journey!

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  6. Robyn G says:

    Awesome storytelling 🙂
    Once again I wait with bated breath!

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    1. thank you Robyn!!! I’m glad you are on the journey!

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      1. Robyn G says:

        😀 Im there!

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  7. Lovely image of the raven catching her tears in his beak – I thought I loved the tree image (which I do) until I looked closely at the second and saw the raven – wonderful!

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    1. thanks so much Andrea!! I think Raven is a very special being!

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  8. Amy says:

    The first one is incredible, Cybele!

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    1. No tree is like another! Each has it’s own spirit! Thank you Amy!!!

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      1. Amy says:

        Well done! 🙂

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  9. Holy cats, Cybele, these photos are amazing! Loving this story and looking forward to the next part of the journey!

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    1. thank you so much Linda!! Journeys are wonderful!

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  10. Mark Simms says:

    Love the first image Cyb…..one of your best I think

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    1. thank you Mark. It did turn out well!!

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  11. Suzanne says:

    Wow – how wonderful and mysterious. I look forward to reading the next chapter.

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    1. thank you Suzanne!! It will be soon.

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  12. O…Cybelle… beautiful story, really deep and full of spiritual. I admired too the tree foto, very interesting shot. Nice work my friend. Wish you enjoy your weekend day, have fun. Regards.

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    1. I’m so glad you are enjoying it Della!! Thanks so much! Good weekend to you!

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  13. sixpixx says:

    No…. Not alone… It’s too scary.

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    1. It won’t be too scary Six!! 🙂

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