Archive | April 23, 2018

When you’ve pissed off Mother Nature, anything can happen…

Willow’s Cry

Alex is just a regular guy… who can hear the wind speak and the earth talk, not a bad thing for a Park Ranger if a bit unusual. His life is everything he desires. Until Mother Nature expresses her displeasure at his family’s threat to sell the land they had been charged to protect. Alex is left to try to stop the sale, finding a damsel in distress along the way who wraps herself around his heart.

Happy living in her tree, observing the world without joining in, Willow has yearned for Alex for years. Too shy to emerge, the little nymph is suddenly catapulted into Alex’s arms, her tree destroyed during a massive storm.

Mother Nature has a plan and she’ll do everything she can to force Alex’s family to continue their roles as guardians, even if it means sacrificing one she protects.



Alex dialed Levi, but got no answer. Cell phone service being notoriously bad in the area, it wasn’t a surprise. Levi was probably just checking in. Alex offered him his cabin, but Levi preferred camping. Discharged from the Army, Levi returned with an aversion to being enclosed.

Alex understood. Some things were better left unspoken. No need to sit and whine about what couldn’t be changed. Levi’s pictures exposed the ugliness he’d seen. Levi’s inability to stay within four walls for long without becoming disturbed evidence enough. Alex could see the winds weaving around Levi, calming him, the earth rumbling beneath his feet, trying to sooth him.

Not even among his family could Alex admit what he could sense. If and when Levi needed to talk, he would listen. Preferable over a couple of shots.

Slipping on sweats, Alex began to strip the beds. With an armload of sheets, Alex started another load. Grabbing a clean set, he made up a bunk. His muscles ached. His eyelids drooped, heavy against his eyes.

Alex checked the doors before he crashed. Locking them not so much against human intruders, but animals. A strong wind occasionally blew open the door, inviting in those four legged critters also looking for a warm place to stay. Waking up to a raccoon in the station not a way he wanted to spend the morning. Groaning, Alex sprawled across the bed, tired eyes closing, sinking into the welcoming darkness. The sounds around him faded away.

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