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 (Archive = Oct. 2012 and before!) Heather and Puddle McGlum...siblings born of Fate and danger

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PostSubject: (Archive = Oct. 2012 and before!) Heather and Puddle McGlum...siblings born of Fate and danger   Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:22 am



    Heather was the eldest child o a young family, at barely the count of one hand, she felt sure her family was in danger. The winter had been long, spring had come,but food had not yet returned to the wood. Worse still, this storm threatened to rip their tiny lean-to built into the hill right off, water was running down the inside wall and the wood was almost gone. The looks on her parents faces made her sure she was on her own, fear and anger gripped her heart. Heather closed her eyes, put both hands over her heart and said a silent prayer to someone or something nobody else would know. Then, with a determined toss of her tight red ringlets, she smiled a disturbing grin,and ran out into the maelstrom.  


    Ella and Ian, Heather's parents, had been childhood sweethearts. They knew well how to love and court, however, too young had they separated from their own parents. Making babies is easy, feeding babies is hard and they were ill equipped for that job. In having Heather they were lucky, from the beginning the girl was quick of wit and strong of back, with a hot temper to sweeten the pot.  When she exited so into the night's horrible drench, they glanced at each other and shamefully in fear, let her go.


    The tiny maiden wrapped her kilt tightly about her in many tight wraps and started the search. For as she was praying at that very moment, she heard a cry,lonely and small, out in the blow,somewhere.


    Deep into the dark the voice of a small child's want did drag her, her wool soaked and dragging along. She sees a light in a tangle of trees, a gathering of fireflies," in a great storm?"she wonders. As she nears, she sees a large Puddle , huge amounts of water caught in the gathering of tree roots. But at the bottom lies a babe, naked and laughing as it sees Heather, bubbles coming out of its mouth and red ringlets swirling around his pointed ears.


    The tiny determined girl jumps in, over her head and swims to the bottom and grabs the babe. She struggles with him and nearly looses her breath when she reaches the top, the struggle to land is even more difficult, her footing slippery, the boy screaming. But Heather grits her teeth, yells out to a God that none but the babe hears and drags them both back towards the hovel.


    Lightning strikes in front of the McGlum homestead ahead of the young pair, when Heather sees scorched buck in front, she smiles wryly and puts one frozen foot in front of the other until she is home.


    Her parents tell her it is unnatural, it is not a babe but a monster and they will not suffer it to live in their house. The tiny thing says more then she ever has before the these few words to them when she hits her own father in the eye. "He stays"she says, but her eye says , how's it feel to be beaten by a girl?
    Ella and Ian adopt the babe and name it Puddle , they know not why.
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PostSubject: Heather's Duty   Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:05 pm

Puddle grew slowly, he was small, his tiny ringlets made him look like a girl. His pleasing loving manner didn't help any. When he was six he was still toddling , although he spoke clearly and was already growing plants in the side yard where he played while Heather hung the laundry.
The trouble started in the afternoon, Heather (who had been gently napping in the side yard after a long morning filled with fishing, drunken parent and toddler wrangling ) did not hear the Ogden twins find Puddle yards away. He had crawled to the front of the house and was following a sheep down the path..bleating.
At first the boys just laughed at the idiot McGlum babe as he makes the sheep sound, but when the sheep stops , turns around and pulls the toddler to his feet and the voice of a teen comes out of his mouth."Hello!"he chortles"I am Puddle McGlum of the clan McGlum! Well Met!" They pale.
Children are often the most cruel, and these boys were more than a little bit scared of this tike, often these feelings can lead to violence, at least, in this case, it did.

Heather wakes to screams, those of her brother , a sheep and two taunting voices she recognizes from town.The twins.
She sees them first, the sheep screaming and running away,her brother with his hand out to shake while he steadies himself, his face bloodied already, and the twins, Harry and Jonas, they get about three whacks each in before Heather gets to them.Puddle is broken on the ground.
She does not think or hear herself scream as she flies at them, all fists and feet,a madgirl. If they had been quick enough, they would have run at the sight of her, but it was far too late for them to react. She pummels them with all of her might ,spiting and cursing. Together the boys eventually fend her off, bleeding and stumbling run away. But in her fury she bellows after them,"How's it feel to be beaten by a girl? Tell your friends, I am ready if anybody wants to go after me blood kin...you tell 'em!"


Heather carried the broken child-babe gently to the pool where she found him to clean him, still there since that rain years ago,she dresses his wounds and whispers to the babe as she pries the flower from his little fist. She says a God's name, but nobody hears but she and he.
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PostSubject: Re: (Archive = Oct. 2012 and before!) Heather and Puddle McGlum...siblings born of Fate and danger   Sat Mar 24, 2012 2:04 pm

Over the years, other children taunted the red cherub. Puddle would beg them to stop..."Please, she'll hear, and then I won't be able to stop her!" . Sometimes they ignored him, and got their comeuppance , but mostly, it got around, don't get Heather "the fist" angry. This was easy to avoid Heather, the McGlums lived far from town, and she rarely went looking for company, it wasn't her way.

This one moon free evening though, she wished she had made friends, for none heard the McGlum clan scream.

None heard the flap open, or the men walk in, Ian was dead before he woke, a club to the head. Ella's scream was cut short when a pommel split her head. The tiny McGlums that slept in their beds never had a chance, and that was a mercy. For Heather awoke to brains and bodies all around her, a man taking off her bedclothes. She felt nothing but strong, incredibly strong. The Melee that ensued was only remembered by Puddle's wide eyes as he watched from his sleeping place hidden behind the ashcan, on the stones almost touching the fire. More men rushed in as the first two went down, Heather bellowing a rebel yell that struck fear in Puddle's heart. Four took her outside, one on each limb, while she contorted with fury. Puddle stayed where he was to listen to the men yell at his sister,he heard them say that they already had her idiot sibling, and if she wished for it to live, she would join the army, if found worthy. Heather did not respond. He heard the man say she would cooperate or die, she did not respond. Puddle heard cloth rip and then the sound of a whip and as Puddle shivered, he heard her scream for the God name to save her. She screamed for the God name to save Puddle, and to let her die, she screamed for vengeance and strength to kill her enemies. But none came.

An eternity passed for Puddle before he heard them gathering their horses to go, he had not heard anything from Heather since the whipping had stopped. He had to look. He peeked out the flap to see her bound across the back of a horse. She meets his eye with her one good eye now, and mouthes three words. Run and Hide.
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