Tales of Clouds

There is an elven legend about an explorer who travelled to a lake on top of a high plateau where the clouds nearly touched the land, and while he sat at the edge of the water watching a marvelous sunset, heard an ethereal voice singing a wondrous song emanating from one of the clouds. The mystery of the voice continues to fascinate elven children.

There is a dwarven fable about a Cloud who believed that he had no valuable skills, for he could not mine precious stones from the rock, nor weave spider silk into rope, nor forge iron and silver into various items, until his friends Lake and Sunset told him that his ability to bring rain where it was needed was just as important, which made Cloud sing for happiness when he realized that although it was different from what others could do, his skillset was just as important. The lesson that Cloud learned is one that dwarven children continue to take comfort from.

There is a human myth about two gods, once friends, who became angry with each other, and the tension between them grew and grew, until they began to fight each other, the one god attempting to blind the other, then the other retaliating and trying to deafen the first, until the tension between them dissipated, and they salvaged the remnants of their friendship, until the next time they once again became angry with each other. This story provides human children with an explanation for why thunderstorms exist.

This story was inspired by these prompts:

Girlie on the Edge‘s Six Sentence Story: tension

Last week’s Six Sentence Story: silk

Pensitivity101‘s Three Things Challenge: legend, fable, myth

Fandango‘s One Word Challenge: salvage

Word of the Day Challenge: mystery

Sadje‘s What Do You See: For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a bank of nimbostratus clouds refracting the setting sun, which gives it a grayish-red hue. This is reflected in the water below it.

Image credit; Johannes PlenioΒ @Β Unsplash


40 thoughts on “Tales of Clouds

    1. Thanks, Denise. They all happened to work together. Other days I look at multiple prompts, shake my head because they are all too discordant, and close all tabs but one and focus on writing on just one prompt.

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