❝The Selkie and the Druid❞
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The child sat down in the waves, the light fluff lapping against her feet.
She sat there, waiting. Waiting, waiting.
Her father always told her it was silly, but her mother told her otherwise. And mother was always right, when her green eyes sparkled like the sea, as she told Sakina all about the selkies.
The selkies would only come to children who could help them find their coats, their magic coats that allowed them to transform into seals. The selkies always knew the kind children who would help them after they had been ensnared by cruel fishermen.
Waiting, waiting, Sakina sat there waiting, until she saw the familiar burst of bubbles as a gray headed seal poked its head above the waters. Sakina sat there waiting, waiting for the selkie to transform.
No matter how much her father told her she was dreaming, Sakina knew she wasn’t.
She was friends with a selkie. The selkie called Emlyn was friends with her.
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The room they were in was an ancient playroom, with honeysuckle vines enchanted around the creaking oak walls.
The lonely moon peeked out from a crack, as if hoping to join in the fun.
Reinys started to pout again. The druid was already over five hundred years old, but she still acted like a baby. This time, she wanted a story before bed, just because her friend in the closest thing to a middle school a tribe of druid could have, got a bedtime story every night.
Her 5000-year-old mother sighed. She knew what story the baby druid wanted, and having no more energy from her job as the local woodland priestess, she gave in and settled next the crib, gently caressing the ivy that appeared as soon as she touched the wood.
“Long, long time ago, the druids and the selkies were more than just friends,” her exhausted voice started. She mixed in a sleep spell, hoping that her voice would lull the child druid to sleep.
“They shared fae blood, one holding the power of ocean magic and one with power over the trees. They were free to mingle, until the Council decided that their elements were far too different, and separated the tribes forever. The end. Now go to sleep.”
With adamant big eyes, but letting out a rebellious yawn, Reinys asked, “Why can’t we go to the selkies again?”
Her mother sighed.
“Reine, you know why. They put a charm on all of the elder druids so they could never find the sea, and they put a charm on all of the elder selkies so they could never find their way to land.”
Sighing, the druid kissed Reinys’ forehead and signaled the fire flies to dim. Within seconds, the druid was fast asleep.
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“How are we planning to keep the selkies away from the druids? They are practically inseparable.”
“Is this really necessary?”
“We’re supposed to be preserving the happiness of the people. The selkies have mingled with the druids for millenia. That’s not going to be taken well-”
The murmured disagreements quickly stopped as the old man leaned forward. He was clearly in charge.
“Are we forgetting what happened with the outcasts? A selkie and a druid bred. And it resulted in a human. We all know what the scriptures say.”
“But sire, the Leaf never said anything about human offspring- I thought it said we could live peacefully-”
“Are you claiming to know the Leaf better than I do?”
“N-no, sire, I would never-”
“Off with your head.”
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There was little lingering doubt in the young selkie’s mind as she took off her coat and sat down on the rock, basking in the final sunlight of the day.
The Council said that the child was a human, and therefore selkies and druids should be separated. It didn’t make much sense years ago, but now that Emlyn was in middle school, she understood.
There were rules. If a magic user bred with another magic user and it resulted in a human, then the match was too dangerous. They would be separated, and the child abandoned into the orphanages of the humans.
The girl with the green eyes that sparkled like the sea… and the dead eyed druid. The infamous pair that eloped together, and eventually separated the druids and the selkies forever.
Sakina knew who they were, of course. They were her parents.
But Sakina wasn’t human. Emlyn saw it clear as day.
She was a selkie, like her.
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Father is taking me to the woods today.. I’d have loved to stay with you, but he wanted me to meet his druid friends.
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The young druid’s caramel blond hair ruffled in the wind. Sakina stood next to her.
The silence was not uncomfortable; rather, they were both enjoying the dappled night sky, filled with twinkling stars.
Sakina should have been home hours ago, yet she felt compelled to make her stay.
The moon called to her, arms stretching for Sakina, longing for something to hold. It was odd, yet...
How lonely it must be, she thought, having stars all around you, but not being able to hold any of them.
Glancing over at Sakina, she admired her eyes. They looked just like… just like… just like something she was sure she should have known, but slipping her mind like a night lark.
Sakina glanced back. Speaking suddenly, “Why do I feel like someone is talking to me..?”
Reinys laughed. “That was me. Druids have the power to talk to each other using their thoughts. Didn’t you know? I thought you would, since you’re a druid too.”
Sakina’s stare became terrified as she flipped her head to Reinys. Reinys stiffed immediately.
“I’m not a druid.”
“That’s impossible. I can sense the touch of the trees and the- the-”
Reinys felt a sharp silence punishing her mouth. She was speaking the forbidden words, she was.
But Sakina had already turned her head, glaring at the stars for punishing her with this fate.
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Hello!! I spent an hour getting aesthetic stuff so you guys could have a pretty story to look at instead of boring text! I was pretty determined to post this story, but it took MUCH longer than I thought it would. I tried to be accurate to the mythology, and btw I’m turning this into a short series! There is more that is going to happen ofc.
More importantly, this is completely unedited. And is going through major editing. I didn’t want to miss the deadline so here it is! GIVE ME CRITICS ON HOW TO MAKE IT BETTER.