Far Fetched Fables No. 94 Russell Blackford

“Manannan’s Children” by Russell Blackford




(Originally published in Dreaming Again.)


Vain gaiety, vain battle, vain repose…


— W.B. Yeats


They’d chased a deer, which had bolted in terror from the forest, then run to a round grassy hill and vanished over the top. At the top of the hill, Finn and Oisin pulled back on their horses’ reins and wrapped their heavy cloaks more tightly against the bitter cold wind from the sea. Down on the shore was a lady, also on horseback, with the lapping waves and the sinking red sun behind her.


Oisin’s breath caught and his heart seemed to melt like heated gold within his ribs. She was incomparable!


The lady rode a majestic, shimmering stallion, as black as adamant. She called out to the heroes, father and son, and they rode down to meet her, white-bearded Finn going ahead. Oisin couldn’t take his... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy