Invitation to the Dance

Silver Fox 1

In a quiet corner of the bar we waited. The first thing we had seen was the dark silhouette of a Fox against the flames… the poster had made me smile. Or grin like a lunatic as my companion would have it. He was probably correct. For once, however, the books were not our first concern. We had a rendezvous with that mysterious figure known only as Charles James Fox…The Silver Fox… leader of the Foxes who grace the night of Hunter’s Moon with fire, pipe and drum; dancing with passion and burning brand…

fox 3

A dark-clad form joined us in the corner… and suddenly we were three. It is not every day you get to meet a legend, nor dine with a Fox, but on Thursday night, we were privileged to do so. And there were plans to be discussed, borrowing from the legend on their banner…‘Esto audax’… as we sought to weave a bright garland of Flame through the wreath of the Green Man.

silver fox 2

Little more can be said at this time of that meeting; all waits now upon the gathering of the Skulk of Foxes. Yet, before Charles James Fox disappeared into the night, an invitation was issued to join a feast where leaf and flame would come together on the lawns of the old Manor, where the veil of trees would hide the magic from sight as the Foxes danced to celebrate a wedding


But not yet. Not tonight. Charles James Fox disappeared into the twilight, while we looked out across ink-dark water, wondering what the weekend would bring…


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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17 Responses to Invitation to the Dance

  1. sknicholls says:

    Oh wow! That’s just spectacular. Thanks for the invite. Makes me feel part of a festival. πŸ™‚


  2. davidprosser says:

    Magical pictures Sue.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


  3. ladyfi says:

    What great shots – intriguing!


  4. alienorajt says:

    This is lovely, Sue: lyrical, mysterious and backed by wonderful photos. xxx


  5. Mary Smith says:

    Fascinating, Sue. Love the pics.


  6. Noah Weiss says:

    Firedancing looks great from far away, but if I were close to it (in proximity), my pyrophobia might take over.


  7. Sarah Eykyn says:

    Just two words Sue, *THANK YOU* x


  8. It all sounds very ancient and otherworldly. Interesting.


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