It was the year of Our Lord 1533, on the 'morrow the Princess Elizabeth would take the throne of our glorious Nation under God, and i was out in the
meadows on this late summers day gathering herbs for mothers kitchen to assist in the preparation of the celebratory feast, which was to take place
upon the village green in that place of Pendle were I resided.
For the better part of an hour i had been gathering and was now venturing deeper into the edges of the woods to pursue the rarer varieties as my
basket was now almost filled to overflowing, the afternoon sun had beaten down warmly upon me amidst the grasses and flowers which had reached up to
and beyond my waist, but here the air was cooler, a somewhat chill draught had arisen, i glanced around and saw a patch of windflower growing away in
the short distance, and cheerfully thought that there was to be found the cause.
But then the birds did startle and i heard movement within the undergrowth, with trepidation i quickly ventured out of the woodland edge and back into
the sunlit field, when upon reaching toward the centre i did glance back and there sure enough was a tall figure emerging from the forest, it was the
person of a man that i did perceive to be dressed in a curious fashion the likes of which i had never seen, and that he was hailing me.
I did consider to flee, but his manner and countenance did seem cheerful enough, and so i stood my ground and awaited his hurried approach.
"Hello hello!...and thankyou for stopping" he breathlessly announced upon arrival.
"And good day to you Sir" i courteously replied.
He was of around thirty years of age i surmised, though lacking in beard and with not much of a head of hair, such that he had however was cropped
short and of a dark colouring with a curious shine, unusual but not altogether displeasing, and nor were his features which were clean cut with eyes
of clear shining blue, setting off his fair complexion, his smile was also most agreeable.
"I knew i'd find you here, i just knew it, and there indeed you are!" he exclaimed.
"I do not understand Sir, what business do you think you have with me?" i asked in perplexion.
His manner of dress most intrigued me, the pantaloons such as they were of a most unusual tailoring, blue in colour and of a fabric seemingly coarse
yet refined most regularly stitched, his shirt such as it wasn't had little by the way of sleeves but was also finely woven and coloured black hanging
loose and without button, whilst the shoes upon his feet were of a soft looking fabric but yet again finely crafted.
"Well yes, good question, and please forgive my startling you like this, what business indeed, and were am i to begin, oh dearie me..."
"By perhaps telling me who you are...?" i helpfully interupted.
"Ah indeed, forgive my rudeness, my name is Johannes Van Damen, and you would of course be Mary...." he offered with a smile.
"That is indeed my name, and also perhaps you would be good enough to tell how you know of it...?"
"It is like this Mary, i have known you in the past i have known you in the future, but seek always to know you in the present, there is no better way
than i can explain myself except to say that we are soul bound, may i present to you as a token the Anemone you were about to gather before my
From behind his back he produced a bunch of windflowers and presented them to me, which i took slowly and questioningly before placing them within my
basket, in his strange words i felt him to be sincere, but i saw little sense in them, and considered that here was a fellow that had been confounded
by the woodland fairies and was under some love struck charm, but he began to continue.
"Both you and I are strange children of the Fates, destined to be reborn throughout every seventh generation over millenia, destined always to fall in
love, destined always to fail tragically, but always leaving behind a child to carry on down the lines through the generations, until the end of
days." he recounted with a somewhat wild look on his face.
"You are making declaration of love toward me Sir! I have to say for one who has just the now accosted me in this meadow your words are most
unreserved and impudent, i do not know you, i never wish to know you, and with that i bid you farewell..."
I turned heading toward the path that led out of the field and back in the direction of the village, this fellow was either a notorious wandering
seducer of unfortunates or touched in the head and either way i wanted none of it, but he was following after me and persisting...
"But wait Mary i can prove what i say is the truth and explain my reasons in coming here, which i would not have undertaken without the gravest
neccesity, please hear me out or all is lost...!" he wailed pitifully.
I should probably simply have quickened my pace back toward the village, but there was something of this fellows company i enjoyed, and his wild tales
and declarations of love were amusing in themselves, so i decided to turn and indulge him whilst uncovering his game.
"Very well then, what is this proof that you speak of that would declare your words as true...?"
"There is a portal by which means i returned to this point in time from the still to you distant future, i could reveal this to you."
"Ah some sort of magic portal you say, well i have heard of such, and their association with evil warlocks, be you such wickedness...?"
"On my word no, i am a man of learning and science, in my time the creation of magical portals as you describe them has become possible and i have
constructed one, in order to return to this point in time and find you here"
"Well i am truly flattered that you have undertaken such efforts merely to waste my time talking nonsense to me in the middle of this meadow"
I laughed and briefly considered hitting this fellow about the head with the flowers he had given me for the fun of it before scampering off, but i
saw that he also laughed and seemed to relax.
"You never change do you, always Mary the contrary, questioning everything and turning the whole world on it's head"
"Apparantly not if so you say, but please continue, why this point in time, and again, why me?"
"As i mentioned i believe you and i have been star crossed lovers throughout the generations ever destined to meet, but in my time the tapestry of
fate has been cruelly slashed by untoward forces and the thread severed, that which you were has been taken and lost, and shall never again be, my
intention is to restore that connection"
"Not that any of what you say makes sense to me, but restore the connection how precisely...?"
"By taking you with me back into the future, i did much research to trace through your ancestry to locate you back to this time and place, once again
reborn after seven generations, i know also that tomorrow you and i shall meet in this present time and that once again our dream shall be passed on
though the generations, and i would then also intend to return you back here to make that appointment with your destiny..."
In my foolishness his words were beginning to beguile me, though i questioned my sanity on account of this, but still there was the familiar about
him, as if someone that had always been present in my dreams, the attraction that he spoke of i did also sense, but the strangeness of his tale also
filled me with a certain amount of dread, and i began to feel as the moth toward the flame.
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