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eBook by Charles de Lint
eBook Category: Fantasy
Cat Midhir lived in a land of dreams, crossing over the borders of sleep into a magic realm where gnomes lived among standing stones and selchies beneath the waves; where antlered Mynfel walked by moonlight; and the harper Kothlen told stories of the ancient days...
When she woke from her travels she told her own stories about the Otherworld. Her publisher called her novels fantasy, but Mynfel's domain seemed more real than the streets of Ottawa... until a thief came out of the night and stole away all her dreams.
eBook Publisher: Charles de Lint
Fictionwise Release Date: July 2001
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Old ghosts lived behind Cat Midhir's eyes, memories that had no home until they came to haunt her.
They came visiting in dreams, a gangly pack of Rackham gnomes, with long skinny arms and legs and eyes like saucers, dry-voiced like cattails rattling in the wind. Their tunics and trousers were a motley brown, their green and yellow caps pushed down unruly thatches of wild hair. Sometimes she sensed them outside of sleep, their wizened faces peering sharp-edged from sudden corners or, shy as fawns, soft-stepping behind her through parks and vacant lots -- shadow companions who capered in her peripheral vision and were gone when she turned her head, dry voices piping strange music that became only the wind when she listened closely.
Rarer, they stepped her dreams in the shapes of tall and stately beings, like the children of fabled Dana or Tolkien's golden elves. When they came as such -- the women in long embroidered gowns and the men in jerkins of soft leather, with their pale green eyes and silvery hair all braided -- they told her ancient histories of the Otherworld and its people in voices liquid as water -- tales that she transcribed in the light of day and wove into the fabric of her novels and short stories.
Rarer still, antlered Mynfel came, her eyes like honey, great branching horns lifting from her brow. Mynfel, whose very name was a charm against the riddling unknown, who sharpened Cat's intuition and filled the hollow places inside her with a quiet gladness, who made of simple living an art and made art a soaring swan with moon-tipped glittering wings. On those nights the stars held their breath and every sound, from the whirring buzz of a June bug to the scrape of a cricket's legs, hallowed her presence. Mynfel never spoke; but on such nights there was no need for tales or speaking.
Then the night visits stopped and her dreams, if they came at all were empty....
Copyright © 1986 by Charles de Lint