Forest – Change

  Shanir Fifty suns gone. The years run quickly, and the village changes. So big, and filled with children. Soon the village will split. Villages must stay small, so everyone is known. This is our way. My sister, Shanir, is in both councils. Like elder mother before her. Elder mother left this world two suns ago, and Shanir is sick. Her days fade. I whisper to Shanir that we must go climbing together, become children, again. She laughs, and then the smile turns sad, and fades. “We lead now, Jaina,” she says. “Our days belong to the village.” “Who is too serious now?” I ask her. “How can we serve the people if there is nothing left of us?” She smiles, takes my hand, and looks me in the eyes. “Now, who sounds like elder mother?” I laugh. “We will climb again, Jaina.” “In this world, or the next.” She…

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