Saturday, December 18, 2004


I encountered them at the medieval square, was immediately cognizant of their origin. Once, in a cloistral library, I had located a leather bound volume of magic and read of them, two Druid sisters roaming through time and worldy venues in search of a male to accompany them. I was interrupted by the closing of the library and had to return later to conclude my reading, but by opening hour of the next day the tome had vanished. The two women were strange to me at first. I seemed to hear them speaking but could not tell which of them uttered the words. Had they spoken at all or had I just imagined it? My eyes moved restlessly from one to the other, searching for some sign of acknowledgement. Somehow I understood what they wanted of me. They wished to allow my spirit eternal communion with them in the mysterious darkness of the Teutoburg forest, the mystical region which housed them between wanderings. In exchange I must first grant them brief use of my body for a ritual to be performed at their most sacred of shrines, at the ancient sandstone structure near the Exter valley, known to them as Externstein, a massive growth of stones so out of character with its surroundings it must have been placed there by an unknown God or Devil. I heard my voice telling them yes. I wanted to be with them. Always. Now it has come to pass. If only I had been able to finish reading in that antique volume. There must surely have been a warning...

...my soul becomes theirs to nourish them. Slowly, bit by bit, I feel my essence vanishing into theirs. Soon it will be gone entirely, and they will search for their next human sacrifice.

Story #112

6 comments:

Robyn said...

Ahhhh yes! You were correct sir. I loved it. Surely there was a warning. Surely he is now standing in that strange formation of stones, part of their shrine. It would be only fitting.

Love and Light

Indeterminacy said...

Hi Robyn! Glad you enjoyed the story. There relly is an Externstein. Here is an English language Website with some description and photos:
http://www.sacredsites.com/europe/germany/externsteine.html

The Mushroom said...

This is rather reminiscent of Nick Bantok's "Griffin & Sabine" series.

Indeterminacy said...

Hello Mushroom! That's intriguing. I never heard of the work you mentioned but looked it up. Looks like a fascinating read.

Anonymous said...

I loved it!Very mystical and celtic... It did take me to the Stonehenge permises! Is your ghost wandering over there and haunting the place ?? The narrative goes with the day here today... Misty and gray... M.P.

Indeterminacy said...

Externstein is much older than Stonehenge! Here is another link with some nice pictures:
http://www.erwin-trummel.de/album/lippe/Externsteine/index.html

Irma Vep, in case you read this story, here is some information in Hungarian: http://beluard.freeweb.hu/index11_8.htm

I've been to Externstein twice. It's quite overwhelming and mystical to think about how old it is.