Robyn at Captivate me created this wonderful challenge of weekly processing a photo four ways. Do check out the One Four Challenge in the reader for all the great submissions. I’m a bit early.
For those who enjoy reading and who requested more story here it is and I hope I won’t disappoint. For those who don’t I hope the image is a story in itself!!
Lady Ho Chuen stepped out from the shadow of her loom and spoke softly. “You have come at last! My father and the priests have been waiting and so have I.” She invited the young man to sit and servants soon appeared at the door bringing ceramic vessels filled with hot atole. As they both leaned forward to drink, Smoke Jaguar saw serpent tails of steam curl over her long forehead and into the luxurious black hair that was dressed in high rows on top of her head. Her eyes caught the fire from the torch lamps and flashed like an obsidian knife. He shivered slightly and a gust of night air from the hallway shook the blue green feathers of his headpiece. Not long ago he had hoped they would marry and an alliance be made between their two cities, but now with the hardships that had come, those wishes had been put aside as the people struggled to make sense of what was happening.
Putting down his bowl, Smoke Jaguar turned suddenly and embraced the woman at his side. He felt the beating of her heart quicken against his chest like the rushing wings of the quetzal bird whose feathers he wore. After a few moments she reluctantly broke free and began to speak. “The people are leaving the cities” she said quietly, “The great ball courts are empty and there is talk of worse to come. The priests and nobles have been unable to appease the gods.” Lady Ho Chuen gripped his hand tightly. “Smoke Jaguar, last night I had a dream! The great Kukulkan swallowed the sun and was fleeing from the heavens. A blood rain fell upon our cities and temples.” Momentary fear gripped Smoke Jaguar. “Aiiie my lady,” he exclaimed softly, “this is a powerful dream! It must be entrusted to those who will understand and I have brought the codice from the priests of the Wizard’s Well that may shed light on it all”
to chapter 3– The Road to the Heavens
also see: In the Jaws of Kukulkan