A would-be knight sets his eyes to the beautiful evening skies upward, toward Orion, trying to find the courage to fulfill his destiny...This story is dedicated to my dear friend, M.B., whose love of astronomy and Orion have inspired me to take a second look at the beauty of the stars that decorate the night skies. Thank you for your creative mind, your wonderful sense of humor, your curiosity, and most of all your friendship.
In the dark forest, a campfire burns brightly. He stares into the flames trying to find an answer to the question burning inside his heart. Traveling for many years, he tastes pleasure, pain and sorrow, making a few dollars here and there jousting in festivals and training to become a knight.
Being armed in silver, the silver that speaks of courage and bravery, is a goal close to his heart. As he warms his hands over the flames, his eyes go upward, toward Orion, the constellation he loves. All time seems to stand still, for a moment, for Orion is the horseman that will deliver him to his destiny. The "would be" knight and his "star" take this moment to drink in the greeting from Orion, sending a message that all is well. He breathes deeply and gives thanks for the blessings that Orion delivers. The sound of laughter breaks the silence and he stands up and walks forward toward this unusual laugh.
"Who laughs at me?"
He listens a moment.
A burst of giggles.
"Come out now! I shall come after you." A woman in white comes out of the shadows and holds back a smile.
"Why are you so troubled?", she asks.
"Troubled, I? Do I look troubled?"
"Will you laugh if I reveal my dark secrets?", he gives her a strange look.
"Of course I might, but I might not!", she challenges him.
"Oh, woman! Answer the question. Yes or no!"
Another burst of giggles.
"I agree. I am funny!"
"Isnt it easier to laugh than to scowl at the moon?", she asks.
"I look up at the stars but I smile at them and if you listen closely, they tell you secrets, the secrets of life and love.", she continues.
"Silly woman. I want to become a knight. It is my destiny!", he says boldly as he looks intensely into her innocent dark eyes.
"Maybe you should look beyond your questions from the stars point of view. Stars are filled with energy and guidance. One can always count on a star being on time and right where you need them.", she says calmly as she looks up.
"Is that so?", he challenges her.
"I said it, so it must be so. I never lie or misguide a friend.", she replies.
"I am on a quest for becoming a knight. I have to pass the bravery test first to be a true knight."
"And your name, sweet Miss?"
"You don't need to know, right now. Let's just say I am mysterious and fun. I am fleeing my family wishing to send me away to erase my wily ways."
"Wily ways? What do you mean, wily ways? Explain. Are you a bad woman?", he teases, and smiles.
"My imagination, my mind, I am not a bad woman. I am curious about the world, about everything around me! I want to travel and live and experience life. I must run far away from this ignorance and free my spirit! I have been a prisoner
of my family's narrow-mindedness. A family that has plans for me that will turn me into something which I do not want to be...like them! Can you help me escape this wretched future, mystery man?", a single tear falls down her cheek, as she speaks softly.
"I will be most honored to be your guide and protector. Perhaps you were sent to me by Orion to help me find the courage to love.", he reveals in a whisper.
"Perhaps. Right now, I need to flee quickly for my family is searching for me this very moment. I need to get far, far away!"
"Come now, woman, and get on my horse. We ride into the night and I keep you safe from harm and we will discover a new way to live. Freedom from bondage that crush your spirit. Your heart will rejoice in the visions of a new and bright future with me!"
"I know I am a stranger, but can you trust my heart and we will take this journey together. Be one heart, one mind, and one spirit. You can conquer your fears and you shall find the courage you seek. As the horse gallops on into the night, these two strangers do not know what lies ahead of them but paths crossed are chosen .
He finds a place to rest the horses for a moment and looks up at Orion once again. She looks into his eyes.
"I see the stars in your eyes."
She looks into his dark eyes, touches his hair. His intense features, dark and mysterious, yet gentle and vulnerable at the same time are irresistible. Tears fill her eyes, --tears of joy. Her hand reaches for his, fingers entwine, like a joining of hearts. He takes his hand, lifting her chin and bringing her lips to his, kissing them fully, softly, tenderly. His eyes look
intensely into hers, looking for answers, answers he finds in her tears. He kisses her eyes and tastes her tears. Like an angel reminding him that Love always finds you and it comes softly in the night.
"I could love you.", he whispers
She smiles shyly and gives him a sweet kiss.
"You show great courage loving me."
"It is as easy as breathing to love you. You are my angel, my
"Hurry, we must get far away! I just barely escaped my family in the village below. They will surely send me to the convent if we don't get far away!"
"We will ride fast and furious, my sweet woman, do not worry. Orion protects us and our love is pure and strong like Orion!"
The forest opens up a path for the two to escape into the night. Galloping through brush, splashing through streams, stopping to rest only long enough to take some apples from a farmer's apple tree, these two refugees from Orion, as
the saying goes, are guided by the stars to their destiny.
"I have one test I must pass to become a true knight. I must go into the Cave of Diamonds and get the Key of Faith. This cave is crawling with snakes that guard the Key. I am afraid of snakes!", he says quietly, wringing his hands together.
"Ah, snakes! They are nothing to be afraid of! You can do it! Just remember how much you want to become a knight! The more you concentrate on your goal, the less power your fears have over you! Keep the dream alive. I believe in
The knight waves his hand.
"Dreams, always dreams with you! Never real life!"
" Dreams are the wishes we wish when we are awake. If you dream long enough and hard enough, your dreams will come true ! Don't you know that already? You must have faith. You must believe in yourself. I believe in you. Why cant you?"
The dawn skies light up and filter through the leaves of the forest, creating a prism effect of light and color. Pinks, purples, yellows, orange, blue and white greet this brand new day like a song. This sweet greeting finds these two strangers fast asleep under a weeping willow tree right in the middle of a meadow filled with daisies. He opens his eyes and looks at her. Studying her sleeping face like an artist, taking in every curve and motion.
"Beautiful.", he whispers to himself, "Pure and beautiful."
His hand reaches out to touch the sweetness that fills her being her very essence is innocence. "These few hours, these simple seconds, have been the happiest I have ever known. You do not know how much joy you bring to this man, looking down at you this second!"
"Oh, dear, sweet woman, why don't you tell who you are! I feel like I know you always! Somehow I do! My heart bursts for the love of you! I know, I know this is love!", he smiles at the very thought. He knows he is in the presence pure love. The moment is captured and love is born. He looks up at he clouds, drinks in the whole scene before him, the blue, blue pond by the edge of the meadow, the ducks swimming, even the breeze has a word of joy for him today.
"Oh, for the heart of you. If you only knew what power you possess over my heart. This "would be knight would slay a thousand dragons for one of your sweet kisses! You have brought me to my knees with your sweet love, from
the beauty that is you to your pure heart!"
His eyes grow sleepy and his head falls to her shoulder. He sleeps peacefully. She stirs and opens her eyes to find him asleep and she sees for the first time the innocence of him. Such an intense man so angelic in slumber. The transformation is amazing. She puts her cheek to his to capture the soft innocence of him, to feel his skin against hers against his hard intensity. It is simply beautiful to watch him sleep. She is happy. She thinks about his quest, his dream to become a knight and to overcome his fear of snakes. He is brave to
venture into the Cave of Diamonds. She has heard stories about people going inside and not coming out again. She strokes his hair. "You are a beautiful man, too beautiful for words. Just let me look at you and be thankful.", she
The tears that fall, release the pent up pride inside of her.
What wonder, what danger lies ahead for them? She knows now that she can face anything and be happy in the knowledge that this beautiful man is her protector and love. She feels the love pour inside her heart. A heart full and pounding inside her chest. The words swirl inside her head like a song. A lovely melody of the angels have brought her a miracle--the miracle of her dear, beautiful knight. Oh, how her heart bursts with love!
The horses gallop in rhythm for what seems like hours.,The forest is deep and dark only letting light in once or twice. This quest seems endless, but as the two look upward, Orion seems to be defying the day and night hours, for it is right there guiding them, each step of the way! Guiding them, showing them the way to the Cave of Diamonds. It is so close!! Just a few miles. I see it in the distance...My test, my goal, as a knight. I see the cave just ahead!
"It is blocked...blocked! How can I move the rock that blocks the cave?", he panics.
"Do not fear for I am here to help you find your dream. I will help you push the rock aside and we will venture in the cave together. You can do it! We must unite and believe in the dream, for together we are very strong. We must put our love to the test and try! "
"Just try for me!", she whispers as a tear falls down her cheek,
"Don't be afraid. Have faith in me, in us!"
She gets off the horse and takes his hand. She feels his fear and takes his hand and brings it to her cheek.
"Breathe. We can do this!", she reminds him.
Together they walk toward the cave entrance and start pushing to rock aside. It wont budge but as they look into each others eyes and give it another hard push, it gives way to open before them.
It is open. The two venture inside to encounter the snakes...Again, he panics. She takes his hand and pulls him forward. The air is hot and dusty, it is pitch black but for the torches they carry, blazing a trail to find the Key of Faith. there are several choices inside the Cave of Diamonds. She takes a leap of faith and chooses one path and takes his hand which lead them to the treasure chest that contains the Key of Faith.
He opens up the treasure chest as her hand reaches for his, their hands entwine, both holding the Key of Faith, exiting the cave. Once safely outside the cave, they raise the key up toward Orion. The energy from the key fills his heart with courage and bravery. He looks at this woman in white and
feels a joining of hearts. Holding her close, he kisses her with a renewed passion.
I am a knight now, a true Knight because your love has overcome my fear, and your heart is bringing me home to you.
This true knight once again turns his eyes upward toward Orion, the constellation shining brighter than usual tonight,
all time seems to stand still, and still watching over him
and this mystery woman in white that unlocked the mysteries
of his heart on this Quest for Orion...
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|Reviewed by DELETE ACCOUNT
i am sorry i had to translate half of it to underestind it
but good work
i miss you Katie <333
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|I think this is a fine story. I could be that knight. Love and best wishes,
|Reviewed by Gene Williamson
|I like this, Katie. Romance is in your soul. The thing I like
about your story is that each, the knight and the mystery woman,
find their strength in the other. You might play this up. And
because I think you have an excellent story with two strong
characters, you might want to tighten it a bit. But, dear
Katie, I don't want to get in the way. -gene.
|Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury
|I really enjoyed this romantic journey.|
|Reviewed by John Leko
|...a story of brilliance...found in the night skies...and a knight...perhaps a diamond in the rough...wearing arms of a mystery woman. He hunts for a key of faith in darkness...to be the found knight in a true constellation without fear...love.
well written magical hopefilled imagery...
|Reviewed by Amor Sabor
|Excellent work...full of fantasy and imagery.|
|Reviewed by Kendra Jaymes
|I enjoyed this read. You have a great grasp of imagery! Keep up the great work!|