Butterflies With Guns

Butterflies with Guns
by Karen Chahbi

Story Notes

Spoilers: Bewitchments of Love and Hate

Contact: karenchahbi@yahoo.com

Credits: Thank you to Storm Constantine for creating this universe and letting us play with it.

The characters are mostly ones I made up, although Ponclast makes an appearance, and Cobweb, and Ithiel. Also Swift and Terzian are alluded to. It’s about a couple of Uigenna who run away from their tribe and find a life in a secluded valley somewhere between Galhea and Fulminir. One of them has a secret, and his past comes back to haunt him after they find themselves in Fulminir, having signed on as Varrish soldiers. It takes place during the time I guess Swift is growing up, and culminates just as the Gelaming are about to take Fulminir

Butterflies With Guns – Teaser

My home stands atop a hill surrounded by hardwood forest, and from the kitchen window I can see our little valley stretched out before me like a painting. The late afternoon sun reflects off the orchard gate, which in turn casts its long shadow across the gently sloping lawn. The apple trees have already shed their leaves, and I can see past the orchard, even as far as the little stone steps, and beyond them, the stream. From there the landscape drops into the valley below, and I can see out across the tops of the tall oaks and pines in the distance. If I close my eyes and stretch my mind out, I can skim along the forest floor, down the hill through the trees, along the golden carpet of leaves, and by doing so bring back lucid memories. I can float past the tall white obelisk in the town square, and look back, up into the hills toward my house, and beyond, to where the forest becomes nothing but a dark mass, and a pale mist covers the mountaintops far away. The sky is pink and those mountains are purple, and the mist encircles them like a gauzy shroud. It’s a lovely sight, but as I look I’m reminded that somewhere on the other side of those mountains I had another life, a long time ago. If I think about it, piece by piece, I can recall some of it in vivid detail. And still, some is lost to me. Somewhere on the other side of those mountains I lost my innocence, and crossing them, found it again. The journey from there to here was a long one. Along the way I learned to kill, to love, to hate, to forget. And sometimes to forgive. Somewhere along the way I buried someone I loved, and with him, a great part of myself. My story is all tied up in there somewhere.

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  1. JoeAnn said,

    August 2, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Just wanted to let you know what a complete pleasure it was to read Butterflies and Guns! Your writing is terrific and now I’ve fallen in love with even more hara, lol. I’m new to Wraeththu fic so please, tell me there’s a sequel or at least news of Samiah and Ambree and company in other stories. At any rate, I really loved your story. You’re a very skilled writer and I look forward to reading any other fics you may have.

  2. Ingrid Williams said,

    March 1, 2009 at 1:35 am

    This story was really breathtakingly beautiful. I loved it. And nice and long, so as to savour it more! Please write another one soon!

  3. mystic87 said,

    December 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I just finished reading this epically long story and I was blown away by the beauty of it. Only a few pages in and I had already began to forget that it was fan fiction. The characters were so detailed and the plot interesting. Great read! You’re a great author!

  4. Annegwish said,

    October 23, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Yay! I am soooo happy to find this story here. When I read this story it was back on the pinkboard and I forgot to add it to my links of stories. So, when I wanted to go back and re-read it again (keep in mind it’s been years) I almost cried in frustration because I almost didn’t find it. Thank you, Karen, so much for writing this story. It’s a great novel, and I’m so happy I found it again. It’s an excellent read that has obviously stayed with me for years.

    • Karen said,

      March 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you all for your kind words. I had actually lost the link (I think this originally appeared on the Pinkboard but I couldn’t find it). I just happened to search for the story because I was wondering if it was still posted, and I found this just now. So it’s been a while, but I wanted to acknowledge your comments. Thanks. – K. Chahbi

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