Wednesday, 3 October 2012

October Memoir and Backstory Blog Challenge Day 3

Saoirse Third Year

Saoirse quickly gained control of the ability to alter the colour of her eyes; usually this took many years. Beathag, her mentor and tutor, was impressed and told the parents of her young charge that she would grow up to be a very powerful silvern.

When Saoirse turned three, Beathag began teaching her a basic education. She learned her alphabet and extremely basic maths. Mainly she was taught how to master her abilities. Her mentor, who was also a silvern, taught her how to listen to a person's thoughts, how to sense a presence, to discover a person's character.

One day, Beathag decided it would be best for the young girl to leave the nursery and see the rest of the palace. Brighde wasn't very keen on this idea, but she was won over when she saw her daughter's eyes turn forest green.

The next day Beathag took Saoirse out of her nursery for the first time. They traversed the corridors of the palace and made their way out to the courtyard. Saoirse remained silent, simply taking in the beauty of the forest that was her home. She had often seen the trees out of her window and smelled the foliage, but she never could she have imagined the true size of those trees or the scent of the leaves so close to her face.

Aberness was a busy city. The sights and sounds made her head dizzy. Beathag took her to the palace gardens. The flowers and bushes surrounded her protectively.

Two young girls were also outside playing games. Saoirse watched the pair with her wide eyes. "Why do you not go to them?" Beathag asked.

"I don't know them," she replied, clutching Beathag's skirts.

"You're not afraid of them, are you?"

She shook her head.

"Well go on, go say hello. They are your cousins." Beathag gently pushed Saoirse toward the young girls who had stopped and watched the whole process curiously.

Saoirse approached the girls slowly. When she was standing two feet away she stopped. "Hello," she said in a low voice.

Deirdre looked at her. "Hi, I'm Deirdre, and this is my sister Morrigan."

Morrigan simply waved.

"I'm Saoirse."

"I know. We're your cousins," the elder princess said. She leaned in close. "Don't worry, we won't tell anyone about your secret. You can trust us." She leaned away and smiled widely.

Saoirse gently listened to her thoughts as Beathag taught her and realized that young girl meant what she said. The silvern smiled back, albeit a little shyly.

"Do you want to play with us? We were just going to pick some flowers."

Saoirse nodded and ran off with her cousins to pick the prettiest flowers they could find.

Beathag watched the young girls from a distance. She smiled as she watched her young charge laugh and talk animatedly with her cousins. She may not have the same eye colour as the other little children in the palace, but she could still make friends with them.

Quote of the day: To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life. - T.S. Eliot