This post, in the Five Sentence Fiction series, was inspired by the iOS game Infinity Blade II
Her thin silhouette was dwarfed by the monumental gate guarded by two huge robed figures with horned bull heads, holding burning torches, as she stood at the entrance of the castle, her face set in steely determination.
Slowly she walked in darkness, looking up to the distant dome of the ceiling, as the heavy doors shut behind her with the irrevocable sound of doom.
In the icy midnight air she checked her armour, adjusted her helmet, and felt the steel of the pair of arabic swords she’d chosen to fight the Titan: only speed could save her against the monster’s brute force…
Then she heard the heavy steps and metal heels resonating on the ancient floor, and he was there, fifteen feet of towering hatred, steel, leather and muscle, holding the huge battle axe high.
His attack was as sudden as expected, she parred the mortal blow, dodged low escaping oblivion by a whisker, then aimed the double blades up and deep below his jaws, and she heard the massive bones cracking open, she felt her blades slicing the softer matter in his skull, and there on the medieval stones, the Titan collapsed, a dead fiend.
Your loveliness sends us dreaming of the ancient Mediterranean, the sunshine of classic Greece, and of a time long gone, of beauty and peace. They say: “Scholars have wondered why a rural place like Tanagra produced such fine and rather “urban” style terracotta figures.”
This makes me smile, and of course, we know the answer: women in Tanagra were beautiful! Look at Aphrodite playing with the child Eros (around 400 BC). This statuette evokes for me another mother and another child, centuries later. Beauty is eternal.
So, tonight, when I look at Aphrodite, I think of you, beloved sister, and in a haze, I travel to Tanagra, to meet with you.
Sanctus is one of the beautiful tracks that make up Jan Garbarek’s Officium recorded in 1994 with ECM. It’s one of the most haunting modern Jazz records, and Sanctus is a very special piece. The mix of Gregorian chants and Sax is just amazing.
I play this track in the evening when I am at home, light off, and meditating (as one does), or, when I am really active, after a climb in the mountains, as then is the time when I want to feel closer to our Creator.
Jan Garbarek is a magician, and Officium is a masterpiece. For Jazz and Spirituals lovers, as well as medievalists among us, it’s the ticket!
Bronze statue of Buddha at Daibouts, Japan (Photo credit: National Library NZ on The Commons)
Hesitantly she looked up towards the statue, the dark bronze of the goddess, dominating this corner of the island. Behind her she could hear the distant sound of waves. Now she forced herself to walk, her bare feet silent on the stones, smooth and ancient, polished by centuries of footsteps. On both sides of her stood statues and small temples. A torch was burning at the end of the path, below a portal. Steps led down to the beach.