Winter swept from the north on grey gull wings. Chill waves furrowed the grass, while the branches above surged and heaved in a golden tempest of leaves.
The elven woman weighed down the hill with her stillness, her black hair streaming like the banner from a mast. As she faced into the storm, her long cloak flapped like a poorly-trimmed sail.
“Bear me away with these words,” she whispered to the wind.
“Bear me away across the sea; take me beyond the walls of this world.”
There was no answer, only an echo of the waves’ song in the trees.