Everything Changes

This story was inspired by a phrase prompt from the WriYe DreamWidth (falling stars and eagles).  It’s there, if you look for it, but it’s pretty well hidden…

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Orion lay in the grass and stared up at the sky.  In a few weeks, he’d be heading off to a school that was hundreds miles away from home.  He’d be able to come home for holidays, but otherwise, he’d be at school.  That prospect was frightening enough, without the knowledge of what sort of school it was.

He heaved a sigh and looked at the letter in his hand once again.  He was a mage.  It explained so much.  He’d always known that he could do things that seemed impossible.  Now, he knew how that could be.

“Ori?”

He sat up and gave his sister a weak smile.  “It’ll be strange,” he said, his voice soft.  “I’ll be going to school there and… you’ll be going to school here.”

Anne sat down beside him in the grass and shrugged.  “We always knew that the time would come when we’d have to separate, Ori,” she said, meeting his gaze.  “You’ll be fine and we’ll see each other over the holidays.  Right?”

“Right,” Orion said, nodding.  Somewhere up the slope, he heard their mother calling.  He stood and helped Anne to her feet.  “Let’s go, before she comes looking.”  Nodding, Anne ran on ahead of him.  Orion hurried to follow, but slipped in the grass and landed on his hands and knees.

Chuckling, he got to his feet and hurried after Anne.  Things might be changing in his life, but at least he was just as clumsy as always.

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