The field and the bear (Talia, p. 63)

They walk along the field, near the edge of the stream, hand in hand. The air is filled with laughs as they pay more attention to each other than the world around them. They leave the stream, chasing each other up the hill in a playful game of tag. Tumbling to the ground, arms entwined, she looks deeply into those eyes, her own love reflected back to her. Brushing the hair from her eyes she leans down to speak… and her words are lost as a great roar pierces the silence. They scramble backwards, finding themselves looking into the angry eyes of a giant bear. As they get to their feet, it rears also, towering above them, standing on its hind legs, nearly 8 feet tall. The brown bear roars again. They stop in their tracks, frozen for a moment that seems like an eternity. She snaps back to reality as her companion shoves her away. “Run!!”

As fast as her legs can carry her, she is hurtling down the rolling hills. The thundering of the bear close at her heels. Spying the gully ahead, she turns. If she can jump to the other side she will be out of reach. It is only seconds away. Pulling up all her strength she braces for the final step, and feels a massive weight strike her from behind. She is falling; the sides and bottom of the gully rushing up to meet her. Before reaching the bottom, she falls into darkness…

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Cold. It penetrates her very bones. Every muscle aches, refusing to move. She can taste blood. Her eyes open to a world of white. The gully covered with a thick layer of snow, nearly burying her entirely. It is a struggle to move, the body unresponsive. Long minutes pass as she frees one arm, then the other…

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Pulling herself up on the ledge, she lays again on her back, staring up at the sky. Snowflakes fall peacefully around her. So tired. To just sleep here, to rest. “You must keep moving” A soft voice touches her mind, urging her up again. She rolls to one side, and notices a lone figure standing on the next rise…

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His cold eyes make the snow seem decidedly warm, yet she can sense a fire burning within him as well. “Why do you insist on intruding?” It is not the soft voice that touched her mind earlier. It is sharp, demanding, and superior. Memories of the pulsing green light flash by, then fade.  “Leave this place, move on. Do not disturb those that have earned their rest.”  She steps backwards, adding distance between them slowly at first…

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She is sitting now, alone, huddled in the snow. Her frozen tears no longer fall.

“Come back to me.” The soft voice returns again. “Come Back.”

“I do not know the way.” She cries, her words barely a whisper against the wind.

A warm hand settles on her icy shoulder. “Then I will show you the way.”

She looks up, that radiant smile beginning to warm her entire being. She stands, pulling her close into her arms, embracing her tightly, words flooding forth. “I thought I had lost you, I thought I was alone.”

A comforting hand brushes the snow from her hair. “You�ll never be alone.” The warmth spreads between them. The snow on the fields begins to melt, leaving only the crushed, damp sheaves below. As they hold one another close it intensifies, burning, brighter than the sun. The field, now dry, ignites in the fires of passion, sweeping across the plain, leaving it blackened and barren. In a moment, in a lifetime, the fires burn down. The two lone figures walk from the top of the hill. Where they step, the ashes are replaced by fresh green grass that spreads out behind them, then ahead, until the entire landscape is brilliant again. The winding stream has found its hollow, and slowly begins to fill in, until it becomes a lake. They disappear into the distance, together.

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