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#1 2004-01-08 10:40:00

Miiru
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From: Just a bit left of center.
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The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

...Wander, if you will, a bit away from the thriving hum of activity that is the downtown. Leave behind the aromas and sounds and busy energy that is civilization. Simply walk a bit, take in the glorious golden gleam of sunlight shafting green through trees and across grass. Feel the pavestones beneath your feet give way to gravel, then dirt as the city is left entirely behind, the road narrowing from a broad avenue to an earthen path.
Odd, how this little road had never before been noticed... but it is tranquil, a lovely contrast to the sometimes -too- busy hum of the city proper. A pleasant walk, at the very least....

The path turns, gliding serpentine over earth and green, and vanishes into forest. Stately oak and ash reach with welcoming arms to the golden-gleaming sun that warms air and leaf with equal passion, and the gentle breath of a breeze whispers wordlessly of tranquility, of a lifting of burdens, a casting off of cares and an offering of respite and ease.

Follow the path. It slips between the trees, an invitation implicit in its disappearance into greenery and dappled sunlight. Follow the path... the gentle murmur of water makes itself gradually known as the earthen path spirals between an avenue of trees, ever inward, ever closer to an unknown destination.

Round the last corner. A broad clearing greets you, its carpet of grass lush and vibrant, and the source of the water's voice is revealed as a carved stone fountain, bubbling and rushing with water from an unknown source. Three basins form its bulk, exquisitely carved and smoothed from untold years of the water's loving caress. Step closer; leave the hard-packed earth path and let your feet find succor in the luscious, thick grass. Trail your fingertips against the smooth rim of the broad basin forming the main pool, trace the intricately carved words that travel the stone, unworn by the sweet kiss of flowing water.


'Many paths find this place as their end,' it reads. 'Many roads here converge. Each leads to the same: peace. Find it here, and take with you what you find, when the time comes for you to take your leave. Leave in its place a coin, a tiny gift of yourself in trade and balance of what you find.'

Peer into the water; glimmering there in the warm and welcoming sun are, indeed, coins of all shape and size, all manner of metal discs gleaming in mute reminder of others who have found a few minutes' calm. Reach into your pocket. There will be a coin; there always is when it matters. Clutch it tight. Whisper to it your fondest wish, your most unbearable trouble; tell it your story and let it fall into the water that murmurs low to you. Watch the ripples spread, watch the coin fall, sink away beneath the untroubled, clear water, ever flowing, ever changing and ever the same...

....welcome to the wishing well.

Wish well.


[ January 08, 2004: Message edited by: Miiru ]


Ted Kennedy in a speedo is just another sign of the coming apocalypse.
-wiked
"He who smelteth it delteth it O LORD."
-bandit

 

#2 2004-01-08 11:00:00

Jendaiya
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From: Canada
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 21847
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Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

*makes several wishes*

*smiles*

Welcome back dragonkitty!

I must talk to Infinity about a gift...


Beauty will save the world.

~Prince Myshkin,

The Idiot, by Dostoevsky

 

#3 2004-01-08 11:12:00

Calesta
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From: Calgary
Registered: 2001-06-01
Posts: 13355

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

*wanders by*

*makes wishes*

Leaves a bottle of cask & cream & some oreos.

 

#4 2004-01-08 13:56:00

Lomis The Bridge Troll
Pilgrim
From: the bridge
Registered: 2002-09-24
Posts: 17

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

the water in the well starts roiling and broiling,.. out of the lip comes a hevely muscled harry brown arm

Hey me lost, dis aint no bridge, mabey me i be a well troll now..

 

#5 2004-01-08 15:03:00

Mwyaren
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From: Hole-In-The-Wall, NY
Registered: 2002-11-16
Posts: 2455
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Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

::dunks oreos in cask & cream::

::drops crumbs in the well::

uh oh.

::makes a wish real quick::


Walter, put the cow away, would you?!

Have a gander at the jewelry I've been making...

 

#6 2004-01-09 00:19:00

Sahi
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From: Assendelft (the Netherlands)
Registered: 2001-06-04
Posts: 44999
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Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

*throws in some pretties for the well creature*

I haven't got a lot to wish for. :)

Yalahii.


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

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You may call me the Porcupine Lady, or if you are feeling generous the Erinaceous One.

 

#7 2004-01-09 07:13:00

rimmers
Pilgrim
From: vienna
Registered: 2002-04-29
Posts: 3251

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

did i start the reopening?

cool... or rather icy.

 

#8 2004-03-18 11:09:00

wildmagiclady
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From: Dallas, Texas
Registered: 2001-06-22
Posts: 22856
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Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

Hey! I didn't notice this was back. Cool.

*drops shiny objects in well*

*hears a thud and a moan*

*runs*


"Life may not be the party we hoped for.. but while we're here, we might as well DANCE!" Anon

 

#9 2004-03-18 13:59:00

Sahi
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From: Assendelft (the Netherlands)
Registered: 2001-06-04
Posts: 44999
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Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

*sits beside the well, happily humming some vague tune in the sunlight*

Yalahii.


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

Scrollbearer
First member of the Shadowmarch Council of Sages, Official Quiller's Mint Historian
You may call me the Porcupine Lady, or if you are feeling generous the Erinaceous One.

 

#10 2004-03-18 14:06:00

Venkelos
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From: In England but my heart is in
Registered: 2001-06-10
Posts: 14873

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

*I wish to know why the Porcupine is up so late. She usually goes home when work`s done*


WILD MAGIC LADY FORUM

Send a Cow

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
- George Bernard Shaw -

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, 1759 -

 

#11 2004-03-18 14:07:00

Sahi
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From: Assendelft (the Netherlands)
Registered: 2001-06-04
Posts: 44999
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Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

*is at home*

I've just finished my book and since Ivo was behind his computer, I went to sit beside him behind my own.

Yalahii.


"Because it is scientifically impossible to have enough books." - Patrick Rothfuss

Scrollbearer
First member of the Shadowmarch Council of Sages, Official Quiller's Mint Historian
You may call me the Porcupine Lady, or if you are feeling generous the Erinaceous One.

 

#12 2004-03-18 17:34:00

ElderTurtle
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From: Lexington, KY USA
Registered: 2001-06-12
Posts: 6065
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Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

<drops in coins>

<wishes very hard!>

*sigh*

<wanders off as his wishes fail to come true.>


Irony: God gave the turtle a drag coefficient of 0.3

 

#13 2004-03-18 17:38:00

Mwyaren
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From: Hole-In-The-Wall, NY
Registered: 2002-11-16
Posts: 2455
Website

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

::pouts at john::

::whispers something about "bleargh" to her coin and drops it in the well::


Walter, put the cow away, would you?!

Have a gander at the jewelry I've been making...

 

#14 2004-03-18 17:42:00

Lomis The Bridge Troll
Pilgrim
From: the bridge
Registered: 2002-09-24
Posts: 17

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

snatches falling coin

ohhh pRetty shiney shiney

 

#15 2004-03-18 17:44:00

Mwyaren
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From: Hole-In-The-Wall, NY
Registered: 2002-11-16
Posts: 2455
Website

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

hey!  bad, bad bridge troll!

::lights and throws a firecracker::


Walter, put the cow away, would you?!

Have a gander at the jewelry I've been making...

 

#16 2004-03-18 17:58:00

Lomis The Bridge Troll
Pilgrim
From: the bridge
Registered: 2002-09-24
Posts: 17

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

catches and swallows firecracker

BELCH BOOOM BURP

NO if yo blow up well missa fiery dragon gonna be mad FIRE BAD

wags horey foinger

 

#17 2004-03-18 18:03:00

Mwyaren
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From: Hole-In-The-Wall, NY
Registered: 2002-11-16
Posts: 2455
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Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

it was meant for you :P  'sides, one little firecracker won't harm the well.

::lights and drops another::

::hopes troll enjoys indigestion::


Walter, put the cow away, would you?!

Have a gander at the jewelry I've been making...

 

#18 2004-03-18 18:10:00

Lomis The Bridge Troll
Pilgrim
From: the bridge
Registered: 2002-09-24
Posts: 17

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

catchs firecracker in open maw

mmmmmm yummy S' just like frobscottle..

Uh Oh i's gonna let off a whizzpopper

KA-BOOCHA


the troll rockets into the sky from the force of an enormous whizzpopper, then crashes kersplounge back into the well

 

#19 2004-03-18 18:24:00

Mwyaren
Pilgrim
From: Hole-In-The-Wall, NY
Registered: 2002-11-16
Posts: 2455
Website

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

::rewishes and plunks new coin whilst troll is occupied::


Walter, put the cow away, would you?!

Have a gander at the jewelry I've been making...

 

#20 2004-04-06 08:31:00

ettelewen
Pilgrim
Registered: 2001-06-02
Posts: 10871

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

*glances around and doesn`t see the troll*

*closes eyes very tight and wishes very hard*

*drops super shiny coin into well and carefully listens for the splash*

*is careful not to fall in too, then she`d never know if her wish came true or not*


smarch member #248

 

#21 2004-04-06 13:06:00

ceywren
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From: hole in the bottom of the sea
Registered: 2004-02-28
Posts: 18790
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Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

*wishes hard and throws in coin*


"It's not that it's such a mystery
This new-found malaise.
It's just that this mystery
Has taken your place."

-Gordon Downie, Mystery-

 

#22 2004-07-24 09:36:00

Hiragana
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Registered: 2003-02-07
Posts: 9136

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

*clutches coin to warm it, wishes with panicked fervency*

*drops coin*

*hopes*

 

#23 2004-07-24 10:39:00

Mwyaren
Pilgrim
From: Hole-In-The-Wall, NY
Registered: 2002-11-16
Posts: 2455
Website

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

::makes one small wish for the sake of it::

::concentrates so hard on the next coin it leaves an impression in her hand::

::makes her second wish with all her energy and soul::


Walter, put the cow away, would you?!

Have a gander at the jewelry I've been making...

 

#24 2004-07-24 10:43:00

Hiragana
Pilgrim
Registered: 2003-02-07
Posts: 9136

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

I just realized that I could have just as easily wished for the opposite outcome from the one I intended to wish for :(

*kicks self, HARD*

 

#25 2004-08-28 22:40:00

Miiru
Pilgrim
From: Just a bit left of center.
Registered: 2001-06-20
Posts: 14928
Website

Re: The Wishing Well, Incarnation the Second

~plops down on the fountain edge and desultorily tosses in a penny~

I really really really wish I had paid more attention.

~skulks off to sob quietly in a corner~


Ted Kennedy in a speedo is just another sign of the coming apocalypse.
-wiked
"He who smelteth it delteth it O LORD."
-bandit

 

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