Feb. 6th, 2013


Feb. 6th, 2013 12:16 pm
I am the one called Wander, and mine is the lonely road. On it, I meet no other travelers. My road is my own and no one else's. Others travel it with me, or they travel it not at all.

My road leads to many places, possibly every place. It never forks. It never branches. Sometimes it doubles back around, but the only direction it offers me is forward. My road knows every season but no weather. My road goes ever on.

I am the one called Wander, and I have been walking for a very long time.


Feb. 6th, 2013 05:18 pm
Sometimes the road widens ahead of me. It never branches, but it does widen. No matter how many times this happens, my heart always quickens its beat… or I assume it must do, wherever it’s gone off to.

I never know when or where the road will widen. I rarely even know how long it’s been since the last time. There are things to see along the way, but not much to do.

When the road widens, it means I have arrived. Not at my destination, for I have none, but at the next place… the next stop along the way to the stop after it. Some of them are literally nothing but wide spots on the road. Many are places in their own right, places big enough and real enough that I lose sight of my road for a while until I come to the other end of it and the road narrows again.

There’s always something to do in these places, something to learn or someone to meet or some problem to solve before I can move on.

And I always must move on. I must always return to the road. When I’m on the road, I can’t help but hope to reach the next wide spot soon. When I’m off it, I can’t wait to be back. My recollection… dim with time… is that this meant to be a punishment or curse of some kind. Parts of it can be hard to bear, but on the whole I don’t mind.

Who doesn’t like to travel? Who doesn’t like to feel useful? I am never satisfied but frequently happy.


Feb. 6th, 2013 05:19 pm
I am the one called Wander, and ahead of me the road widens into an open square in a village of some sort. The sky is blue above my head and the moon, visible as a pale fingernail low on the horizon, is one I’m sure I’ve seen before.

When you spend your days walking a road between worlds, you learn to look for moons. The same moon doesn’t always mean the same world, but a different moon almost always means a different one.

You wouldn’t know this moon, my treasured correspondent, but you might well take it for your own at a glance, particularly when it’s washed out against the morning sky and so far from full. If you saw its face bright and round against the black, I think the differences would be more striking. It is not your moon, but it is a moon after the same model.

Ahead, there is a sound of children playing… no, not playing but singing. I can’t yet make out the words, but something about it sets my hair on end. It is not exactly mournful, but peculiarly lacking in joy. I don’t know yet why my road is bringing me here, but I know this visit will be no pleasant idyll.


Feb. 6th, 2013 10:20 pm
The children break off their song and scatter as I come into sight of them. Afraid of strangers? Maybe, or maybe just generally fearful.

There is a well ahead of me. Next to it is a trough for horses or similar, though there are none at it now and to judge from the condition of the grounds, there haven’t been any for some time. At least not since the last hard rain, and while the grass is green the ground is reasonably hard and dry.

There aren’t many people about, either, though there are more signs of them than horses. The well itself shows sign of frequent and recent use. Most of the shops that front onto the square are closed, literally… they’re of the style where the window folds outward to form a counter, with living quarters above.

I see movement, furtive and quick, behind the curtains of a few of the upstairs windows that aren’t shuttered.

Suiting name to deed, I wander over to one of the open shops, which appears to be a bakery. I tip my hat back away from my face. It is my fashion to wear it with the brim pulled low, but this is a town that knows fear. My job, from the front to the back, must be to dispel that fear.

“Bread smells wonderful,” I say. “I’ll give you this for a loaf.”

What I pull out of my pocket is a coin. If the baker’s never seen it before, she is in the same boat with me, but it’s probably a fair price. It usually is, so long as I don’t push things too far.

The baker takes a prudent moment to examine my offering, but accepts it without comment.



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