A scant two months ago, the remains of a young African American man were found in a wooded area near my house. The chopper hovered overhead as the police oversaw the removal of the body. The man was identified ... and that was that. Not another word has been said about him in any news source.
I have lit candles for this young soul at my Shrine of the Mists. He was two years older than The Heir. I wonder every day how he came to his end -- not out of fear of some dangerous "other," but out of sadness that some people mean so little to our society. I feel very sad for this young life taken, for a person discarded in the woods.
Today we had another snow day here in Snobville. I didn't get the text message, so I got up, showered, dressed, and drove to school. When I saw the empty parking lot, I sort of put two and two together. So I came home.
Heir was here, also sidelined by the underwhelming weather. By two o'clock we were both going stir crazy. So we took a walk around our little neighborhood pond, in the vicinity of that unsolved death.
There's mad faerie activity all through those woods. I am not exaggerating, reader.
I will need Spare and her fancy camera to get you photos ... but she's coming home this weekend.
In the meantime, take my word for:
Item: Two gravity-defying cairns of round boulders of a type not found in these parts.
Item: Two dream-catchers crafted completely of autumn leaves and twigs.
Item: Woven autumn leaves in mosaics fanning over fallen logs and skirting up standing trees.
Item: Four miniature cairns in a cleft in a fallen tree, rocks that are found around this pond.
Item: Four magick wands, hanging vertically from another fallen tree, crafted of twigs and vines.
Item: sweet gum sticker balls hanging from a tree branch by unseen string.
Item: Two human-sized lean-to's made entirely of branches, using another fallen tree as a roof.
I hope I'll be able to get some pictures soon.
This is not the first instance of supernatural activity around this pond. Famously (or infamously), a Tiki lived there for months. But a faerie portal is now open, with tangible energy flowing into the apparent world.
Heir and I were blown away by this faerie energy. And you know me well, reader. I'm not a liar. I had no hand whatsoever in this faerie activity. I'm just glad it's there.
Maybe there's a new faerie in those woods. If so, he's a fabulous artist.