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Joanna’s story ~ ‘John and Elsa’
They’d been happy on their island. John had fished. Elsa had sat beside him, absorbing their togetherness, drawing it around her like a cloak of contentment.
Now, John fishes from the dock. But Elsa knows he catches nothing. He often forgets to bait his hook. He sits alone, staring ahead, lost in memory.
Elsa’s ethereal form drifts around his hunched figure. “I’m not in the past, John, I’m right here,” she whispers. “Remember me, love, but let me be with you. Don’t imprison yourself in our past.”
A breeze ruffles the waves. John shivers. They’d been happy on their island.
And now a surprising counterpoint from Ron! 😉
Ron’s story ~ ‘John and Elsa 2’
His head went down below the grey waters again.
She sat patiently on her island throne as she had done for many seasons, waiting, warming as she watched him.
Head up again, he smiles, chewing, and makes his way back to her. She looks at him in wonder.
Standing on the island shore he stretches up and flaps his huge white wings and exclaims, “Your turn to feed, my turn to sit on the eggs. How many more will fly this year do you think?”
“At least two of the four eggs should fledge, a good season,” she replied.
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