mountainsides

What Lies Within the Wood

Like one that on a lonesome road doth walk in fear and dread,
And having once turned ‘round, walks on, and turns no more his head,
Because he knows a frightful fiend doth close behind him tread.

It had only been a month since Esme had last gazed upon Embertree, yet it felt like years. She took a deep breath of the morning air, looking down from the rise of the hill. Mist hung heavy over the blue and purple speckled meadow, surrounding the estate in the center and creeping into the woods along the border as if it was some living thing. Sunlight had begun to peer over the mountainsides and spill over the land, enhancing the eerie blue-violet glow from deep within Embertree Woods.

She was Knight-Captain over these lands, but she was not dressed as such presently. No fine silks, no rich armor. Rather, she was dressed as she had years ago. Sun-bleached leather that had once been pitch black clung to her body, yet made her movements easy and silent. A mask was pulled up around her face, hiding the sincere frown upon her lips. Her hair, thick and bright in the fresh morning sun, was held back in a long braid down her back, out of the way for ease.

Esme was not in Embertree as a Knight-Captain. She was in Embertree as a scout.

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Concepts for the Signs

Aries
concept: me, feeling the kind of overwhelming love and peace i’ve only ever felt in dreams. i pinch myself. it’s real

Taurus
concept: me, waking up on a mountainside, surrounded by flowers. a river flows nearby. my responsibilities are nowhere to be seen

Gemini
concept: the moon has never been bigger than it is tonight. i climb out onto the roof. she is close enough to kiss

Cancer
concept: me, sailing through the milky way with many-coloured stars caught in my hair. there’s no pain up here, only laughter and peace

Leo
concept: my wings carry me higher and higher and i watch the world become smaller and smaller

Virgo
concept: i have been sleeping for years. in my dreams i have lived a thousand lives, learned a thousand things, and now i am ready to wake

Libra
concept: it’s like a lifelong winter in my mind suddenly thaws, and i smile like a blooming flower on the first day of spring

Scorpio
concept: me, swimming amongst the stars. their iridescent light fills me with a sense of peace i didn’t know i was capable of. my fingers are covered in starlight

Sagittarius
concept: me, lying in a field of many, many flowers. daisies grow through the cracks in my body. i’ll be okay

Capricorn
concept: me, removing the melancholy parts of my mind and putting it all aside for a while. i dance and climb trees and sing and run around with boundless energy

Aquarius
concept: me, laying on a hillside, far away from everything i know. waiting for nothing. i have all the time in the world

Pisces
concept: me, loved eternally by the wind and the rain and the grass and the moon and the sun and the earth and the sky and the stars

All credits to the author of the concepts: @conceptualsolitude

Doohan served with the Canadian Army, and lost the middle finger of his right hand when he was shot at Normandy. 

He did his best to conceal the missing finger during his acting career, but sometimes tribbles happen.

Although technically he was not a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, he was once labelled the “craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Force” due to things like slaloming a plane between mountainside telegraph poles just to prove it could be done (which earned him serious reprimand).

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The Signs as Concepts

Aries -  
concept: me, sitting comfortably on the top of the tallest tree. i can see everything and i’m no longer afraid
Taurus -
concept: me, waking up on a mountainside, surrounded by flowers. a river flows nearby. my responsibilities are nowhere to be seen
Gemini - 
concept: i have been sleeping for years. in my dreams i have lived a thousand lives, learned a thousand things, and now i am ready to wake.
Cancer - 
concept: me, eating strawberries and peaches on a hillside where i am far from everything i know
Leo - 
concept: me, dancing alone in a moonlit meadow. everything looks silver. i’m not worried at all
Virgo - 
concept: us, whispering little kindnesses into the night. sending out love to no one in particular and everyone at once.
Libra - 
concept: me, lying in a field of many, many flowers. daisies grow through the cracks in my body. i’ll be okay
Scorpio - 
concept: me, walking alone through a forest. the only thing on my mind is how beautiful it is here, all dappled sunlight and the smell of earth and growth
Sagittarius - 
concept: i breathe in sunlight, and exhale stardust.
Capricorn - 
concept: me, steady as a deep-rooted tree, solid as a river stone, constant as the setting sun
Aquarius - 
concept: i’ve seen the sky before, but never quite like this. somehow it doesn’t seem so far away
Pisces - 
concept: the universe hears you crying and sings a little song for you. the universe hopes you can hear it

*Many thanks to @conceptualsolitude for letting us use their beautifully written concepts for this post