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Dance To Fend Off The Sky   1498.05.02  
Creators: Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Writer)
High in the Breida Mountains, a goat girl dances in welcome silence, until a mysterious danger known to her ancestors (and laughed at by Empire scientists) threatens. (Reprinted in Broad Spectrum: The 2012 Broad Universe Fiction Sampler)
Posted: 10/04/10      [2 Comments] ~ 222 words.

Kunabei was tired of trying to keep her charges together. Each of the goats was certain that it knew the best way up the mountain. She was also tired of their friendly voices, tired of their squabbles, and very tired of swatting them away from nibbling at the fringe on her shirt or the grass stains on her boots, or, truth be told, everything she was carrying or wearing.

Most of the time, she preferred the company of goats to that of humans. The goats at least listened to her. Being goats, after listening, they did whatever they wanted. But first they listened, something her older sisters never did.

However, today she didn't want company of any sort at all, and especially goats. Still, she pushed onward. Her favorite haven was very close. She could hear the tiny waterfall that spilled out of the valley, and smell the water in the air. The goats could smell it too: they lifted their noses and stopped fighting her, moving forward eagerly.

Kunabei did a quick search for snakes or any other evidence of danger, the bells on her prayer staff chiming cheerfully as she walked. Then she left the goats in the pretty little valley. After two days of sparse fodder and no moisture but dew as they climbed, even old Hat Trick wouldn

Author's Notes

This was actually a Muse Fusion-inspired story!

Admin note: This story was an honorable mention in the writing portion of our musical instruments contest.

Reprinted in Broad Spectrum: The 2012 Broad Universe Fiction Sampler

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