I looked around at the gorgeous forest. I was standing in a little clearing with a small pond that was frozen over. The shining sun was so bright on the ice-covered water. The ground was enveloped in a white blanket of snow. When my bare feet stepped into the snow I could still feel the soft grass. The flowers on the trees were covered in snow, yet they were still blooming. I could see little transparent ice crystals hanging from the green leaves on the trees. It was like springtime, but with snow.
I didn't know where I was. In fact, I couldn't remember anything.
All I could remember was this beautiful place that was slowly killing me. I felt myself falling, and I landed softly on a bed of snow. This is it, I thought as I drifted off into a deep sleep, I'm not going to wake up.
The snow crunched under my feet, as I hunted for food. My brother and I had separated hoping we would have better luck finding something that way. I stepped into a small clearing and immediately saw her. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen, but she was just laying there in the freezing snow. I thought her to be dead.
I rushed over her, and knelt beside her. I first checked her pulse and was ecstatic when I felt the faintest of pulses.
I heard someone calling my name. It sounded urgent so I cautiously went in the
direction of it. After a few steps I recognized it to be my brother's Next I was sprinting as fast as I could to him, not worrying
about all the animals I was scaring. I ran into a clearing and abruptly
stopped when I saw my brother. He had just stood up with a girl in his arms. Aghast I jogged the rest of the way to him.
"Who is this?" I demanded
"I… I don't know," my brother whispered staring into the young woman's face. "I found her just laying here. We have to help her," he said as he looked up at me with pleading eyes. Before I had a chance to object He turned and sprinted home.
I don't know what had overcome me. I just knew that I had to get this girl help at all costs. I don't know what would happen if I didn't, but I knew it would be bad. Finally, after it had felt like forever I stepped into our little village. I carried her over to our village healer's house and stepped in. It was warm here so I laid her down by the fire, took my coat off, and then draped it over her, wondering why I had not thought of doing so earlier.
I heard something and looked up to see Aislinn the healer walk in.
"What have we here?" Aislinn asked.
"I found this woman in the woods and I just couldn't leave her there. Please, you have to help her," I said desperately. Aislinn gave me a curious look then ushered me out of her tent. I paced outside for sometime until my brother showed up and dragged me away.
"Synn I can't not worry about her. It's like she is all I can think about," I shook my head, profoundly confused by all
"I don't know what to tell you," my brother Synn said. "Maybe she is a witch eh? She could have put a spell on you," he laughed at his cleverness. Angered I stormed away.
I found myself walking in the direction of Aislinn and my beautiful mystery. As I approached Aislinn's tent the flap moved and a moment later she stepped out. "The girl will be fine, but I want her removed from my home," Aislinn said most certainly. "She is not my burden and I will not put up with her. If you so long for her to be well then you can be the one to take care of her," she spoke sternly.
Aislinn led me into her home and gestured to the girl. She stepped back so I could pick her up and carry her outside. Once outside I walked briskly to my tent, strode in, and lay her down in my bed. "What am I going to do with you?" I muttered to myself. I wondered when she would
awaken and where she was from. Hopefully all my questions would be answered the next day.