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THURSDAY TEASERS

DREAMWALKER
Rider's POV
fandoria


As a child, I’d watched other boys come back from their vision quests. I’d looked forward to the celebrations. The music and dancing, the bonfire with flames so high I thought they’d scorch the night sky. The food and the storytelling. Being able to stay up so late and feel a part of something special. Afterward, I’d lay in bed, too excited to fall asleep, and envision what it’d be like when it was finally my turn.

I’d been so envious when my brother Archer had gone on his vision quest. Why did he get to become a man and not me? I’d sat outside the kiva after his return, straining to hear the tale of his journey, at once proud of my brother and sorrowing for myself. All my life, I’d followed in Archer’s footsteps. Copied everything he did. He was my best friend and I wanted to be just like him. And I didn’t like knowing that this was something I couldn’t follow him on. At least not yet.

But, oh, his celebration… No one sang louder or danced harder than me. As jealous as I’d been, I was still so proud of Archer becoming a man. I couldn’t follow him on the quest or join him in the kiva, but I could celebrate with him and show him just how much what he’d accomplished meant to me.

He’d watched me, smiling. But he never joined me when I danced. When I sang, he only joined in half-heartedly. In fact, he hadn’t really moved at all the entire night. I hadn’t understood it at the time. Couldn’t figure out why he wouldn’t give in to my urgings. He’d only patted my head and said that someday I’d understand. He was right.

I finally understood. And I was grateful for all the other celebrations I’d attended, for they’d at least taught me what was done and given me a chance to enjoy them. Because this time, I was too far exhausted to enjoy it now. This night that I’d dreamed of for so many years. This night that I’d yearned for, it all passed by in a hazy blur.

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edgyauthor
Feb. 23rd, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
Another great teaser, fandoria! I loved getting a glimpse of Rider and Archer's sibling relationship through the vision quest celebrations. I'm such a sucker for family stuff like that in books....
fandoria
Feb. 23rd, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
onegrapeshy
Feb. 25th, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Thank you, Leisa, as always. :)
fandoria
Feb. 25th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
No problem. :) I just feel bad that I was the only one this week.
onegrapeshy
Feb. 25th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
Not many people are subbing. I guess it's a lousy month. :)
fandoria
Feb. 26th, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Then again, if I keep being the only one to submit a teaser, that increases my chances to win, right? I guess I don't feel so bad after all. ;)
onegrapeshy
Feb. 26th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
DON'T feel bad at all. You stand a pretty good chance right now. xx
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