Something unseen had drawn me there; I was feeling strung-out and more than a little lonely as I wandered through the deserted park at dusk.
Off the path, in a cluster of trees to the right, I saw a glowing cloud - maybe an unlikely gathering of fireflies.
Curious, I approached, and as I passed between a pair of soldier pines it suddenly fell full dark, the world seemed to turn on an unseen axis, and she appeared there in their midst.
A queen in her court, surrounded by legions of fireflies, maybe, or tiny glowing winged women - I really couldn't tell; and the eutre beauty of her other-worldly face was hauntingly familiar, like something from a half-remembered dream.
Then she turned to look majestically upon me, and in the piercing gaze of those moss-green eyes I knew with a sudden certainty that she had selected me, out of all the thousands of men in this city for some fell purpose of her own dark design, and that my only choice was to comply.
The first person protagonist is Rob, Marci's occasional boy friend. Things are getting convoluted. Today's little vignette is prequel to 1) FAERIES and 2) FLAWED.