I have no recollection of having posted this very short story. If I did, it would have been many months ago, and “followers” have changed drastically since. If it is a repeat for you, just ignore, although I have made some edits. thank you.
a short story by ~ Sha’Tara ~
One could almost say she had the characteristics of a winter bird without stretching the comparison. A killdeer on a windswept dune in December heard only after darkness covers the shores, that would describe her presence.
Slim of build, almost translucent of skin, she could stand in perfect stillness beside a doorway and remain unseen by those passing in and out. Generally silent, there was a quality to her voice that demanded stillness and silence. Not from weakness nor self-pity, her way of remaining in the background was her means of allowing her to observe the world, voicing some of her thoughts little more than the occasional soft word. She could just as easily remain alert and active for long hours without apparently tiring. Never was she seen indulging food or drink beyond a body’s basic needs. Her pleasure, and she radiated pleasure, did not emanate from satisfying carnal desires.
She was not what would be called pretty, but she was truly beautiful, with the movements of a small wild animal raising its head to look inquisitively at the world; with the velvety touch of an angel. And what to say of her attire? She wore no makeup and draped herself in the simplest of styles, in second-hand clothes. If asked why she didn’t spend more on herself, she’d smile, as if shyly, and shrug. “It doesn’t go with the innocence of children,” would be the extent of her explanation on the subject.
Certainly, the innocence of a child would have described her. She was called naïve by some. To that she’d reply, “Do not confuse naïvety with innocence. I choose to remain innocent. It is my way of counteracting the many grave faults of this man’s world. Do not make the mistake of thinking I am unaware of what goes on here or helpless to do anything about it.” Only then did her voice take on the severe tone of the Teacher, a tone of voice loaded with implications which none but the awakened caught.
She was an empath. Compassionate. When she interacted with strangers, she mostly smiled and helplessly, they would smile back at her and then at one-another. All children who met her were attracted to her, that is until the time when their innocence was forcibly taken from them. Then she faded from their eyes and their memory. They will not remember her until they get old and tears will roll down their lined faces in realization of what they had encountered; what they could have learned; how much it could have changed their lives.
There were tragedies in her life as in every life. Through it all, she brought hope and comfort where none existed. That was her nature — to give, not to take. It was as if she gave her own flesh and blood to those in need. She “fed and clothed” by what she did not spend on herself – that was one of her “open” secrets. But with each sorrow, her translucence increased. A dawn would come to finally dim her starlight beyond earthly recall.
It didn’t matter what they called her, I recognized her from times before time. She was of the Star Dancers; those whose home is the infinity of the Cosmos; who scatter themselves as stardust over myriad of worlds and touch the lives of countless others. Sadly, yes, some of us get lost and for long periods, sleep in forgetfulness. Our memories of the Star Dancer are but myths in the conflagration of time that burns within our confused minds.
But she did come. A speck of dust on the wind, perhaps, but she appeared on our horizon, burning off into the skies like a meteorite.
What does that matter now that she is gone, you may well ask? What matters is, she came, scattered a bit of magic stardust and there was joy where none was to be had; there was hope where despair had held sway.
What matters is, I can now remember and continue to do some of what she began. How could anyone forget such a passing? How could anyone mourn? How could anyone who ever encountered her not make a supreme effort to remember?