Lugh sat comfortably beneath the spreading oak. He’d found the perfect spot, between two roots and the moss, soft, but not at all wet. His oak sat a little rise that overlooked a lovely meadow. There were wildflowers in profusion, butterflies, and swallows were busy swooping over the tangle.
This was a fine place he had to admit, and he congratulated himself for not believing what he had heard about the North. “Oh, its all snow and ice, you don’t want to go there. No, no, its full of Giants and pixies with poison darts, you’d be mad to go there, all you will find is dry grass and the herd deer that eat it, both of them brown.”
There had been a time when that was so. Lugh had seen the great ice wall, he’d known the Norfolk, lived with them when it wasn’t safe for him in the South. As to giants, it seemed to him that they were fanciful. No, the plains were beautiful in the Long Summer, and he was happy to be here enjoying it.
A family of herd deer walked into sight. There was a breeze in his face so Lugh guessed that they wouldn’t catch his scent, he sat quietly in the deep shadow of the tree so he knew they’d not be spooked by the sight of him either. All the deer, but the young ones had antlers, but the obvious king of the family was a big buck with an amazing spread of a rack that looked about to tip him. For a moment Lugh thought about trying to take the big animal, but he was far too comfortable and didn’t want to spoil the day with a lot of work.
Suddenly the king put his nose in the air and his ears back. He bellowed a challenge or a warning and his harem gathered, their noses snuffling for the same scent. The does and the calves all jogged in Lugh’s direction, but the buck bellowed again and stood stiff legged facing away from Lugh and toward whatever had given him alarm. The king pawed the earth, tearing up large divots before snorting his displeasure and jogging away after his herd.
Well, if the king was worried, perhaps Lugh ought to be too. He took the precaution of stringing his bow and loosening the arrows in his quiver. He stood and tossed his pack up into the lower branches of the tree and planned a good route of climb if that should become necessary. Precautions taken, Lugh waited to see what might come that had so unsettled the herd deer.
He had to laugh when a small girl with a goat wandered out of the young saplings at the edge of the clearing and strolled nonchalantly into the meadow. She had bright blond hair and lovely summer browned skin.
Much like the Deer Riders, the thought that I might do a little vignette has burgeoned into a whole story in my mind. I thought to do it all in one post, but that isn’t going to happen at all. Again, this involves the deer riders, the Norfolk, as I’ve named them, but I also introduce another of the long lived humans, this one of the true original “Children of Dana” intended by Dana to be the gods of Tir na Nua. Oatey Moss, the little Norfolk woman (she looks young for her age) is involved with giants and so there are three major revelations about Tir na Nua in this one story.