The wind was howling, shaking the house, reminding him that we are weak and temporary.
Bins of apples were traded for horse tails. Festival masks were assigned. Villagers chased and nipped at children. Dogs lit their pipes thoughtfully.
A small mountain cabin stuffed full of wet leaves. A failed experiment for eternal autumn.
There was a horror on the roof, there was a terror in the woodpile, there was a ghost in the pantry, there was a witch in the attic, there was a demon under the stairs… None of this was mentioned by the house inspector or real estate agent.
The Viking on the street corner had the password, but the powerful meds the druids gave her destroyed all short term memory.
She presented herself to him wearing the skin of that thing they found in the barn. “Do you like it?” she asked.
The next morning they found the masks broken in the fire pit and their car wouldn’t start.
Tucked inside the space below the house was a new thing, trembling, eager to meet them but worried they hadn’t yet made the proper mistakes.
The Food Thing arrived so they hid their hands and tightly closed their robes.
The grove at the center of the island was full of dugout canoes and handmade posters with rousing political slogans. Election day was close.
The rich people killed one another over the summer, inefficiently, fueled by expensive food, social feuds and love affairs. The servants shrugged.
Energy charged into the ancient border wall, the stones blinked in time with the druidic chant.
The instrument was created only for citizens of the village. There were no teachers, no songbooks, and no one knew how to play it.
At the bottom of the ditch all they could see were hundreds of rabbit faces peering from above.
The forecast promised hail the size of kittens, instead there was only carnival, only ever carnival.