I recently discovered Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt Challenge, and was inspired by this week’s photo to produce this piece!
Note: Dubh agus Bán is Irish for Black and White
Dubh Agus Bán
“Things were never as black and white as the old stories would have you believe,” Fionnula’s step-mother Aoife told her as they climbed out her bedroom window and up onto the roof. “People are so much more complex than simply being just good or evil, victim or perpetrator, light or dark. Everyone is born with the potential for both, and everyone will make choices that will fall on both sides of the scales, and some that will fall on neither. History is written by those that would see themselves in the best light, those that would have our story twisted so that the truth of it is lost.”
“I see,” Fionnula replied, not really seeing at all.
She perched on top of the roof, leaned back on her arms and tilted her face up to revel in the first warming rays of the dawning sun, all the while ignoring the churning in her gut and the sweat pumping out of her armpits in time with her rapid heartbeat.
“The thing is though, you did turn us into swans,” she pointed out, making sure to keep her voice calm.
Aoife hesitated and then nodded. “Aye, I did. However, t’was not me that cursed you to live all those years –”
“Don’t forget about my brothers,” Fionnula interjected, unable to help the anger seeping into her voice. “They were turned too.”
Aoife sent her a sad, sympathetic smile before she replied, “You know you didn’t have any brothers sweetheart.”
“How do you know?”
“Because while your curse is to remember only the twisted version created by it, my curse is to remember the truth in very painful detail.”
“How do I know you’re not lying?” Fionnula asked, a petulant look on her face as she crossed her arms.
Aoife shrugged. “I hope that you would trust me enough to know that I would never do that. Not to you.”
Fionnula crossed her arms tighter, hugging herself as she rocked slightly. “I know you wouldn’t. It’s just…the memories in my head are so clear, and they feel so real…”
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