Sunday, August 14, 2005

The Wild Ride

Scarlet drops of blood lay glistening. Slowly, they began coalescing: forming muscle fibres, skeleton, organs, flesh, finally hair. It was like watching foetuses grow at high speed in the womb. Then it was over. Thirteen glistening wild mares stood pawing the ground, flashing eyes and gnashing teeth. No sane person would go near them but this wasn't a sane world, so I approached the last one at the far end. Coal black with a tiger stripe down her back. She was trembling with a sort of barely suppressed irritation. Her eyes rolled in her head and she looked like she wanted to kill someone. With a stab of the heart and an inner certainty, I knew she was mine. I put out a tremulous hand which she snorted at and then deigned to sniff. Emboldened, I twisted my hand in her ropy, bristling mane and climbed on her back. She reared and I thought it was all over.

Enormous fiery wings opened up beneath my skirt and she shot into the air like a bat out of hell. I cling to her neck as she rockets upwards with furious speed. The world reels. Stars become silver streaks as she rides the Mistral Wind of Desire and we lose ourselves in the flight. This is no Pegasus, this is Nightmare Herself, demon horse of spectres and divine fury.

Something uncoiled in my stomach as I caught her riotous rage. Yessssss! I screamed as I gave myself to the storm.

Madness wells up inside of me, fury possesses me. I am a maniac driven by an insane rage that seems to belong to the very earth herself. We are not alone, there are other Furies riding this night. I see them in the distance riding the knife edge of the storm, all filled with deadly purpose. As one, we howl with banshee laughter, with glee. For tonight is Walpurgis Night and tonight we are free. We are here to set the balance right, to hunt the hunter and right wrongs long left to brew.

Suddenly I realize that we are not alone. The air is peopled with winged things and the atmosphere tingles with electric anger. Harsh, furious forces of nature fill my soul, threatening to tear it apart. Mage fire crackles from my finger tips and joy bubbles up inside of me.

I stretch my hands forth and bright white lightning crackles forth. We strike trees and the earth itself in explosive bursts of incandescent built up energy. Trees split apart in agony and the earth itself splits open in response. A host comes from that newly made chasm... A baying, yelping surge of hell hounds. White luminous canine shapes of energy with red tipped ears and burning terrible red fire eyes.

We see him, the huntsman and hurtle after him, shrieking with lunatic laughter that wells up from our depths. We thrust the proud hunter from the sky and tear him to bits. Each claiming a bit of our own - reclaiming our power that built him. The balance is restored. Exhausted and spent. All is calm.

6 Comments:

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Believer said...

Wow, that was something!

 
At 10:42 PM, Blogger Leonie Bryant said...

My comment is also 'WOW'
I am bowled over by the power and rage of this ride as well as the happenings around it. Well written!

 
At 2:38 AM, Blogger Gail Kavanagh said...

Breathtaking!

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger Traveller said...

I wish I could have been there too, what a ride

 
At 7:39 PM, Blogger Lois said...

Well Simone,
Having met you at The Salon-Du-Muse I would never in a million years recognised you if we had met on those steads in the heavens.I feel I shall never again look at you as a tender young woman in the prime of life and on the threshold of a new life....I am speechless ,but perhaps the wild ride will let go much anger pent up inside from a previous life...What do you think Dear Scarlet..... ?.
Righting wrongs with the women you meet on your travels sounds like one great adventure to me....Find me a safe/gentle and slow stead and I will join you....
Love (Lois) Muse of the Sea

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger Heather Blakey said...

I had never really thought of you as one of the Banchee but you have done them proud Simone! What a ride!

 

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