An Unusual Display

This little vignette was inspired by a phrase prompt from the WriYe DreamWidth.  The phrase was: lights pulse and weave and… after thinking about it for a while, it reminded me of an aurora borealis.  I’ve only ever seen them in photographs and videos aurora, so my description is based on a picture that was taken in a place that parallels the location of the story.

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It wasn’t unusual for Richard to be up until all hours of the night.  In fact, given his vampiric nature, it was rather odd how active he was during the daylight hours.  He usually spent most of his late nights sequestered in the library.  He was well aware that most of the household was asleep, so he kept to himself, so as not to disturb them.

So, Erin was surprised when he shook her awake in the middle of the night.  “What’s wrong?” she asked, as she sat up and rubbed sleep from her eyes.

Richard handed her a dressing gown and whispered, “Come and see!”  Then he left her side to hurry to the curtained windows.

Erin was just slipping off her bed and shrugging into the dressing gown when he threw back the heavy curtains.  Immediately, soft light filled the room.  Frowning, Erin padded to the window and looked outside.  The sky was ablaze with colors.  Near the horizon, there was a line of yellow that faded upward into pale green.  Another band, this one red, cut diagonally through the first.  Where they touched the sky was orange.

“What is that?” Erin breathed.  She’d never seen anything so beautiful in her life.

Richard set a hand on her shoulder.  “They’re called the northern lights – the aurora borealis,” he said.  “They aren’t usually visible so far south, so I’m not surprised that you’ve never seen them.  It’s why I decided to wake you, actually.”

“I’m so glad that you did,” Erin murmured.  She sat down on the cushioned window seat and smiled when Richard joined her.  Together, they watched the lights pulse and weave until they finally faded back into darkness.

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