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Monday, November 12, 2012
Autumn's Harvest - Brigid and Mari
A tender moment with Mari and Brigid from The Witch's Familiar
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solid white kitten Mari and Brigid had chosen together paced figure eights
around Brigid’s ankles while Mari built a perfect circle out of dried, brown
fallen leaves. They’d decide to do their Samhain ritual in the backyard because
the weather stayed nice enough and the wind wasn’t so strong it blew the leaves
away. “Luck of the witches,” Mari proclaimed, giving Brigid a little wink.
watched her girlfriend, the best friend she’d ever had, saunter around the
circle. Her slender legs moved with catlike grace, muscles flexing with each
step. She was the most beautiful creature Brigid had ever seen. Long black
curls bounced against the curve of her back. Her cleavage peeked up from the
low V-cut of her knee-length crimson robe.
every step Mari took made a peaceful, easy feeling washed over Brigid—such a
great feeling going into a witch’s most sacred, most hallowed sabbat. It was
Mari’s idea to call on the spirits of Brigid’s mother and grandmother, to give
Brigid a chance to say things she’d forgotten to say before the two most
important women in her life passed away.
looked up toward the sky. The sun had already begun to set, turning the sky a
coppery, golden color with a backdrop of light purple. She imagined her mother
and grandmother floating through the cosmos, waiting to be reborn unto the
earth. This was the first Samhain since their passing, and though they were
long gone from this life, Brigid still felt their presence in everything she
still with me?” Mari whispered as she wrapped her arms around Brigid’s waist.
She kissed the nape of Brigid’s neck. “You look lost.”
Not lost. Just thinking.”
miss them, don’t you?”
you still feel their presence?”
stepped around to face Brigid, and she laid her hand against Brigid’s cheek as
she pressed their lips together. The kitten stopped its pacing a mewed up at
its mommas. And even as their lips remain connected, they both let out a little
you like to see your mother and grandmother again?” Mari asked. Since the night
she’d saved Brigid’s life, she seemed to have a connection with the spirits of
Brigid’s matriarchs that the witch didn’t have.
would love to,” Brigid said in a soft, sing-song voice.
took a step back, reluctantly releasing her hold of Brigid, then held her hands
up toward the sky. The winds picked up, scattering the neat circle of dried
leaves Mari had taken so much care to create. The kitten sat back on her
haunches, meowing up at Mari as Mari began to softly chant.
call upon the powers, the lord and lady of earth and night, the sun and moon,
the sisters and brothers, please guide the matriarchs of Brigid’s blood back to
earth and give them form, so that their daughter may take comfort in their
closed her eyes and held her arms out, palms facing the coming moon. She could
feel the sizzle of new energy electrifying the air. Even the winds seemed to be
singing a new tune, and Brigid just knew when she opened her eyes again, she
would see the ghostly forms of her mother and grandmother, standing in the
circle with her, singing their praises of the life she now lived.
a soft voice spoke. It was the same voice that once sang lullabies to her, that
whispered little tidbits of ancient wisdom in her ear.
Brigid whispered in return as she slowly lowered her gaze in the voice’s
they stood, the two women who’d raised her, who’d helped her become the woman
she was today. Smiles curled their lips. Their eyes held a proud sparkle.
Brigid gasped, covering her mouth with her hands.
felt Mari’s hand at the base of her spine, slowly rubbing small, comforting
circles. Then she felt Mari’s lips at her ear. Mari said, “Blessed Samhain, my
burned in Brigid’s eyes. She couldn’t believe they were really there, that she
could actually see them and speak with them. It was the best gift anyone
could’ve given her, and made so much more special because it came from Mari.
Brigid,” her mother said as she took a step forward. The ghostly woman held out
her hands, even though Brigid couldn’t touch them. “I’m so proud of you. And
I’m proud of Mari. Together, you have the most beautiful love I’ve ever seen.
You’re so happy.”
really am, Momma,” Brigid said earnestly as she locked her hand around Mari’s.
“I can’t remember ever being as happy as I am now.”
shows, sweetheart. It really does.”
as such—” Her grandmother said as she took a step forward to join the rest of
them. “—I hope the two of you will consider a handfasting ceremony.”
um…” Brigid stammered as her head whipped back toward Mari. “We um… never
talked about doing anything like that.”
we should,” Mari said as she took both of Brigid’s hands in hers. She knelt
down in the grass, right a Brigid’s feet. “Would you do me the solemn honor of
being handfasted with me?”
eyes widened. “I… I…”
yes, dear,” her mother said calmly, giving Brigid a warm, motherly grin.
Brigid gasped. “Oh gods, yes.”
mother and grandmother laughed as Mari stood and pulled Brigid into a tight
hug. Brigid cradled Mari’s face in her hands and pulled her in for a much
deeper kiss. Both women closed their eyes. Their lips lingered and their
tongues danced. Not only did they share an overwhelming sense of joy, but they
also felt the undeniable excited happiness from the matriarchs of Brigid’s
line. And that approval meant the world to them both.