Title: Finding peace

Rating: G

Genre: Angst/general

Summary: "This was the way she spent many summer afternoons, watching the blanket of gold grass swirl around to the whims of the many Gontish winds.."

Author: Crystal Illusions

Disclaimer: To read this, you must have read/have a good understanding of/have an open mind to : the fourth book of earth-sea, Tehanu. If you haven't, be prepared for a major-ass spoiler. Yes, I used some lines from Mr Smith. Read it some day if you have time.

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Tehanu stood quietly, watching the small animal lope silently across the field, then pausing to swat at the many butterflies that were meandering lazily about.

This was the way she spent many summer afternoons, watching the blanket of gold grass swirl around to the whims of the many Gontish winds. Sometimes either Ged or Tenar would join her, saying little but for sitting cross-legged in the midst of the hazy summer tempest.

"Kirin" Tehanu called gently, Ged had started teaching her the names of the making - this name being one of the first she was taught.

The animal came quickly and silently to her feet, staring up at Tehanu with its soft, brown globes. Tehanu then sat - with great difficulty - cross-legged in the grass, looking eye-to-eye with the kitten.

Unbeknown to both of them, Ged had noticed Tehanu's little charade and he strode softly towards her, dropping to the ground next to Tehanu.

"You are learning well, little one" He murmured, eyes transfixed on the small, black and white kitten that was still riveted to the spot. They sat in silence and as the spell wore off the small animal walked between the two, rubbing its back up against the grass.

Tehanu stared defiantly at the animal.

"How come she is perfect?" She asked, her soft, raspy voice causing the kitten to start quizzically. Ged was taken aback at this sudden outburst. Tehanu reached up and traced her fingers along the ragged lines that ran the length of Ged's cheek.

"Why isn't she burnt?" Tehanu asked again.

"I don't know" he sighed, reaching down and picking up the little creature in his arms. He cradled it close to himself, and suddenly Tehanu wanted to be close to him too, cuddled up in his soft embrace. Ged gave her an exhausted sigh, and drew Tehanu close to him. She buried her face in the crook of his arm, allowing herself to cry freely.

Ged made no efforts to comfort her, but drew her closer, allowing the sobs to wrack Tehanu's frail body.

She relaxed into sleep.

Peacefully.

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