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Thursday Quotables – Letting Go

letting-go-coverjpeg-2She strides towards me, gathering form as she approaches. Her feet sink just below the surface, kicking up tiny splashes with each step. I should be afraid, but I’ve shifted beyond fear. When she stops, the wind dies, and she hovers like a wingless angel, waiting for something.

“I should have come earlier,” I hear myself confess into the pause.

“Mam, no,” calls my daughter, but I ignore her.

“Yes, you should.” The Sidhe-woman’s voice is the sound of birdsong, of babbling brooks and the throbbing puls of rain. I shiver to hear it. “You disregarded my messages. That was unkind of you.”

“I didn’t understand them.”

A smile of contempt curls her ethereal lip. “Yes, you mortals never did learn to trust the power of dreams.” She stares and I know she is appraising me. Then she says the thing I have dreaded all these years. “You stole from me that which you had no right to take. Now you must make amends.”

quotation-marks4Well, reading Letting Go by Ali Isaac really had me smell the scent of Ireland!

It’s a short story with a lot of lore, images that are so familiar to me, a spiritual world that also is very familiar… if, like me, you had read a certain kind of fantasy especially in the Nineties.

I like the way the spiritual world merges naturally with the human world (this is always an aspect that I like in stories) and I certainly appreciate the final twist. It’s a good story.

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LETTING GO (Ali Isaac) - Irish lore, ghosts, coming to terms with the past
LETTING GO (Ali Isaac) Irish lore, ghosts, coming to terms with the past. A short story from a true enthusiast of Irish myths and history

14 Comments

  • Kristin
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 18:37

    Loved the quote. :-)

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted August 28, 2015 at 09:42

      Happy you enjoyed it :-)
      And thanks for stopping by.

  • Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 06:17

    Oh, I like it! Love the birdsong, babbling brooks, and throbbing pulse of rain — a feast of the senses. :)

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted August 28, 2015 at 09:42

      I liked this passage for the very same reasons :-)

  • Ali Isaac
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 10:55

    HI Sara, just wanted to say I was bowled over when I opened my email notification from your blog and saw this… wow! What an honour! Thank you so much!

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted August 30, 2015 at 04:19

      Ali, you’re so very welcome. It was a pleasure! :-)

  • Nicholas Rossis
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 12:29

    Thanks for sharing that! Ali is one of my favorite authors, so I can’t believe I missed that :)

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted August 30, 2015 at 04:20

      Did you find the link to the story? She posted it again on her blog.
      It’s a good story with a nice twist at the end :-)

  • Sinead
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 16:34

    Oh yeah, feel that Irish pride! Great quote :)

  • Sue Archer
    Posted August 29, 2015 at 00:56

    I have the shivers now! I had to go find out what happens next. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Post Author
      jazzfeathers
      Posted August 30, 2015 at 04:22

      It was a pleasure. It’s a good story, isn’t it? :-)

  • Jacqui
    Posted August 29, 2015 at 14:25

    Lots of sensory images that. Nicely done. Just that little piece includes enough intrigue to make me want to continue.

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