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First off, I don't like the title but I can't think of a better one , so Suggestions on that would be nice.
This is a short little story telling a bit of back history to my Character Ayumi. Its the story of just why she got raised with normal swans and the day the 'shining woman:' gave her her cloak and why. It came to me very quickly, well the urge to write it out. It's been spell and Grammarchecked so anything left. that's my style of writing ok. enjoy I hope.
Running, she's been running for the past hour, can't shift to swan form, has to hold her precious bundle in her hands or it will break. The shinning woman, dressed in a White Japanese kimono with gold and silver trimming stops and looks behind her, Her black hair streaming in the air like ribbons as she runs. White feathers edge a simple tiara of diamonds and pearls in her hair and flutter as well. No goblins, she lets out a sigh, thinking she finally lost them, she turns now to head to a pond hoping what she needs is there. The woods around her early silent, no birds sing, she shivers. The past months have been just horrid. The goblins attacking her kingdom, her wonderful husband is now dead. He died trying to protect her and their unhatched child.
A break in the trees she sighs again, the pond. Lilac eyes scan it searching then brighten as she finds it, a swan’s nest, and a pair of normal ordinary swans. Calling to them in bird talk she shows them her bundle, a single egg, warm, near hatching, she ask them to raise the signet as their own. The pair of swans nod their agreement and she kneels down to place the egg in the nest. With a swack of thanks she rises and in a glow of yellow turns into a swan herself and takes flight, knowing her child will be safe, raised as a normal swan and not having the ability to change. The child will be safe till older, hopefully by then this war will be over.
Time passes as it will, the egg hatches, a young Pen, a little girl swan. The cygnet grows into a beautiful swan; the only odd thing is even after 18 years she has not taken a mate. Eighteen years, the time has come, she must be given her cloak, if not she will remain a swan forever. The war with the goblins is still going on. The child has to be protected still. She devises a plan, not tell her she's anything but a normal swan, just gift her the cloak, let her find her own way, when she finds friends then tell her. So they can help protect her, as the Shinning woman is unable to, much as it breaks her heart, she cannot help her own child as she would like.
Slowly she enters the forest, making sure she was not followed, she searches using her magic to find the swan that is her daughter. Once found she appears to her, in a shimmer of light her body glowing softly, shinning with her magic calling out her name that she has never known "my dear Ayumi Kawano you are a blessed swan I grant you a gift, the ability to change your shape and join the humans, and a bag that will give you what ever you need to get by. Go join the human learn love laugh live, it is your destiny you are special" She places the cloak on the swans back and watches as the bird transforms into woman of porcelain perfection, finely sculpted oriental features combined with snowy white skin making her look so delicate. Long hair the color of jet is bound upon her head with ribbons of red and gold and set against it are cherry blossoms and a gold hair ornament. About her shoulders the gold embroidered red silk cloak rests its edges sewn with snowy white swan down. Under the cloak she wears a long sleeved kimono of many shades of blue and embroidered with gold. The shining woman inhales seeing the beauty her daughter is, a few tears falling down her face at the loss of not having seen her grow into such.
Ayumi looks at the woman with confused lilac eyes, the same light shade of the other "why me? Where shall I go? What shall I do" the woman smiles tenderly "that is for you to find on your own, just do not let the cloak get torn, for if you do till it is repaired you will remain a swan. Now go, blessed of all swans, your name is to be Ayumi Kawano, go, there is a town near, make friends, make a life for yourself, find love" she starts to fade out and just before she vanishes from the girls sight she softly whispers," I love you my daughter"
The young girl slowly rises up, gathering her robes about her and unsteadily,
having some problems adjusting to her new form, makes her way to the town,
to an inn and a school, not knowing what she will find there, or who.
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