Of Starlight and Shadows

Today, for your reading pleasure: A pair of short stories inspired by pieces discovered via deviartART. Enjoy!

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And there they were again: The flying whales.

The man paused rowing to stare in wonder – wondering, specifically, at the artistic fascination with whales in the sky.

A magic, majestic aesthetic, to be sure. The grace of great beasts, swimming not through water, but air. A marvel. But nothing, anymore, like an original one.

Well! said the whalesong, musically moaning across the night. I suppose that’s that. Back to the ocean, everyone! Back to what’s original!

The man frowned. He’d only meant—

No, no, sang the sky whales. We’ve clearly let you down, so down we go. Shall we take the stars to sea along with us? Nothing original about a starlit sky.

Or a top hat, sniffed the stars. And yet, you’ll note, he wears one, and probably calls Victoriana vintage. Too hipster for a surrealist skyscape, but never the re-Turn of the Century!

Shamefaced, the man conceded that perhaps he’d judged unfairly. Nothing wrong with an old motif’s variation. There was yet room aplenty in the sky for whales.

Ahem.

And stars, of course.

Quite so.

“Bluescape of the other side” by Ebineyland - http://www.deviantart.com/art/Bluescape-of-the-other-side-628736598

“Bluescape of the other side” by Ebineyland – http://www.deviantart.com/art/Bluescape-of-the-other-side-628736598

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“That’s the one,” the shadows whispered. “The one who carries light.”

“Do we fear him?”

“Of course we do. He is utterly strange, and a danger. We cannot exist where he does.”

“And yet, he is surely a wonder…”

“Most surely. How close can we go? How close do we dare?”

“How does he do it?”

“Why does he do it?”

“Send in the bird to learn of him. Light’s no bother to her.”

“But her shadow!”

“The bird is not her shadow.”

A thunderous silence fell. Then…

“The bird is not her shadow.”

“The shadow is not the bird.”

“Then what are we?”

“How can we know?”

“Unless…”

“…We brave the light.”

“And see what lasts.”

The shadows eyed the luring light.

“Well, then. Who shall be the first?”

“Meeting with Umbrella Man” by yanadhyana - http://yanadhyana.deviantart.com/art/Meeting-with-Umbrella-Man-408400454

“Meeting with Umbrella Man” by yanadhyana – http://yanadhyana.deviantart.com/art/Meeting-with-Umbrella-Man-408400454

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(Enjoyed what I wrote? There’s loads more where that came from! Browse the DEShipley catalogue, why dontcha. Or if you wish, leave a tip on my GoFundMe page; I’m covered for Outlaws of Avalon 2, praise God, but there’s always Book 3 and beyond… ;D )

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