By Laelithonel of Icemule
Laelithonel begins to twitch.

(Laelithonel places a trembling hand on the fluid-filled sphere at her side and sinks into a curtsy. She smiles out at the audience, her eyes drifting past them.)

Laelithonel recites:

"Ah shared some tales
From Icemule Trace.
Of shades an'death
An' ruins still in place."

Laelithonel recites:

"But th'silence of storms
Howls inside th'bones
Of stories an'memories
Of m'snowy white home."

Laelithonel recites:

"For as long as travelers
Brave th'mountains up high
There will be tales t'tell
As there are stars in th'sky."

Laelithonel recites:

"But this is m'story,
Wha'little ah know.
Of th'time before
Ah lived in th'snow."

Laelithonel recites:

"Asked where did ah live
Before ah came here.
Ah said Icemule was always
In m'heart close an'dear"

Laelithonel recites:

"But ah know tha's not true
'cause sometimes ah think
Tha' m'dreams mean somethin',
For of sulfur they stink."

Laelithonel recites dazedly:

"Ah remember th'dress
Tearin' in th'bramble.
Ah remember a voice,
Sayin' "Shush don' ramble!""

Laelithonel recites distantly:

"Ah remember th'pain
In th'back of m'head.
Ah remember 'em sayin'
She's better off dead."

Laelithonel recites:

"Th'song in th'clouds
Of th'explosions ah heard
It sang t'me sweet
An' soft an'slow..."

Laelithonel recites:

"Ah was carried out an'over
An'down th'mountains out east.
An' below sat a town
Where Halflin's did feast."

Laelithonel recites:

"But sometimes when it's dark ah remember th'eyes..."

(Laelithonel touches the fluid-filled sphere at her waist and gazes lovingly at the floating eyeball.)

Laelithonel recites silkily:

"Two, there were two.
Eyes come in twos.
Oh an' th'loveliest shade of blue."

Laelithonel sways back and forth.

Laelithonel recites:

"There was a boom, a ding, a crack an' a burst."

Laelithonel's whole body trembles with fear.

Laelithonel recites:

"It wasn' th'landslide, jus' m'head an' it hurt."

(Laelithonel gingerly touches the side of her head.)

Laelithonel closes her eyes for a moment.

Laelithonel recites:

"Th'smoke parted past
his face so serene.
He was still with me,
but wha' did he see?"

Laelithonel turns over her steel eyeball scoop.

Laelithonel licks a surgical steel eyeball scoop in her hand.

Laelithonel recites:

"Th'guild became family.
They raised me up kind.
They said ah don' remember,
Cause ahm bruised in th'mind."

Laelithonel frowns.

Laelithonel recites:

"Ah say ah had someone
Before ah came here,
They say hush don' ramble,
Shh, there be a dear."

Laelithonel recites:

"But when is dark in th'cold,
M'feet skip along
Th'pathway up th'mountain,
M'ears filled with song."

Laelithonel touches one finger to her lips.

Laelithonel recites:

"They don' tell me th'truth.
They don' want me t'know..."

Laelithonel recites:

"Not where ah came from,
Because Icemule is home."

Laelithonel recites:

"But jus' who ah was,
Before ah fell in th'snow."

Laelithonel sinks into a deep curtsy.

Laelithonel blushes a bright pink to the tips of her ears.