Life’s Dark Book

Her pale face was the lantern
By which they read in life’s dark book.
-RS Thomas, On The Farm

Mary’s face was pale, well, more pale. Her sons stood next to her in their own black clothing, their faces just as pale as their mother’s, though their tears were more easily seen.

Mary had faced things like death of family all her life, long before she’d ever met or had any of her current family, but she had never been so cut off from her Bond mate.

Her mind was more lonely than it had been even after the sealing of the pathway she shared with her sister. This was different and so much more painful.

Written in response for today’s Light and Shade Challenge, again. But this time I managed to stay within the 100 word limit!



About martha0stout

I like to read and write and hang out with my family and friends. I currently live on a farm and all that such a living entails.
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14 Responses to Life’s Dark Book

  1. joetwo says:

    I think there is much more to be written in this story. Nicely done!


  2. This is like penny dreadful you should watch it xx


  3. Thomas Marlowe says:

    This was beautifully written and so intriguing – the references to bond mates, and sealing the pathway fascinate me. Something magical going on here and I do hope we see more.


  4. lyssamedana says:

    You write heartbreak so well. Lyssa M x


  5. Blake says:

    I like how you wrote “Her mind was more lonely than it had been”, rather than simply saying “she was more lonely…” It conveys that sense of a person being trapped within their own thoughts, and the isolation of it.


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