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Waiting ver. 1They call it the waiting window for obvious reasons.
The women whose lovers and husbands have gone to war. . . Thats where they wait for them. By that large window that overlooks the main road coming into the castle. Almost all the women living in the castle have sat there at least once.
Eirika had only sat there once. She preferred to wait more privately, where she couldnt feel the pitying stares of those behind her.
She waits in her room, because not all the soldiers come in by the main road in fanfare and trumpets. Some of them come through the back roads; she knows Seth is one of them. Hed rather avoid the noise and celebration of a return, or the solemn airs and weeping of a failed campaign. Hed rather come in through one of the older roads.
She hopes he comes on the one she can see from her window.
She thinks of other times she has waited here; she didnt always wait.
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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