My Grandma Kathy

I call her my grandmother, but strictly speaking she was 1/19th mine. (Assuming that great-grandchildren have to make their own claims, and only my generation has a stake on the ‘grandma’ title.) I did get to enjoy her company a little longer than the rest, though, by virtue of being the oldest grandchild. My first […]

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Feald – Part 4

I finished the apple sitting on the dirt floor of the enclosure, holding Elda close to me. She shivered, clinging to my arm with painful ferocity. “Can you tell me what happened?” I asked, smoothing back her tangled hair. She shook her head. “It’s all right,” I reassured her. “You don’t have to tell me […]

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Feald – Part 3

My back and legs were stiff the next morning, and my stomach gurgled a warning of hunger to come. Looking at my pebble and stick arrow, I wasn’t sure I had followed the right trail in last night’s dusk; but I had no better options, so I followed it further up the mountain. The possible […]

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Feald – Part 2

It wasn’t until we crested the hill of the copse that we heard crashing sounds and smelled the beginnings of the smoke. “Up that tree!” I commanded Elda in a hoarse whisper. “Up, now! Stay hidden!” I dropped the basket of apples to give her a boost, and they scattered with muted thumps into the […]

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Feald – Part 1

“You promised,” whined Elda, squirming as I braided her long, yellow hair. I pinched her arm, holding the three strands apart with the fingers of my left hand. “Hold still, fish.” The morning cold was making my fingers stiff and uncooperative, and that, added to her usual restlessness, was making her braid crooked. “You promised […]

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