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"Finding The Dream" by Colin of Tighan.


NOTE: See also the files: magic-moments-msg, SCA-The-Dream-msg, SCA-as-family-msg, SCA-reasons-msg.





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Thank you,

Mark S. Harris...AKA:..Stefan li Rous

stefan at florilegium.org



Date: Sun, 21 May 2000 15:08:02 PDT

From: "bill mayfield" <wpmay at hotmail.com>

Subject: SC - Finding the Dream (a story)


The following is a work of fiction.  Any complimentary references to

persons real or fictitious are of course intentional, all other

interpretations are clear signs that you are paranoid. Permission granted

to redistribute, so long as credit is given.



Finding the Dream

by Colin of Tighan


One fine Saturday morning, MiLord woke up and realized he was missing

something, something very important to him.  Saddened, he suited up in

his armor and went out to be inspected.


Sir Knight walked up to him and said, "Good Morrow, MiLord!  How fare you

this day?"


MiLord was dejected. "Sir Knight, I've lost The Dream."


Sir Knight nodded sagely, having seen this before. "Indeed?  Well, try a

few bouts with my new squire.  He needs a few pointers, and I think a few

good fights will take your mind off it." And so it was that for a time

MiLord worked with Sir Knight and his squire, and each gave the other

something new and useful.  When it was done, however, MiLord's feelings of

loss returned to him.  Lost in his thoughts, he wandered the camp until

he came across Mistress Laurel.


"Poor lad!  Such a long face you bear!  Whatever can be wrong?"  MiLord

told his tale, and Mistress Laurel clucked sympathetically. "Perhaps a new

song will lighten your heart!  And you can help me with this tunic I am

making for a new person in our group."  They sang and made merry, even

when he had to hold still while she used him as a model for the tunic, and

for a time his search was forgotten.  When 'twas done, however, his mind

returned once more to his problems.  Seeing this, Mistress Laurel laid a

hand on his arm and said, "Perhaps Master Pelican can help you find what

you seek."  And so he did seek out that worthy.


Master Pelican listened gravely to MiLord's question. "Where to find the

Dream?  Oh, my.  Well, now, I believe I saw it at Pennsic, could you have

lost it there?  Or perhaps it was at dance practice, I know I saw you with

it then.  Oh forsooth, MiLord, I grieve that you have lost the Dream!"

MiLord nodded soberly, for by now all his joy had fled. Master Pelican

spoke on. "MiLord, I tell you, I think it can be found...but for now, I

see someone who needs your Service. Why not ask her?" Master Pelican

smiled, and gestured toward a tear-streaked Little Girl who stood

helplessly watching them both.


This was not where MiLord expected to find the Dream, but a damsel in

distress still deserved his help.  He knelt before her and said, "Little

Girl, I have lost the Dream.  Have you seen it?" Little Girl looked

up at him and sniffed back a tear.


"I've lost my Mommy."


MiLord saw that his plight was as nothing compared to hers, and with a

flourish he swore a great oath that he would not rest until Little Girl

was reunited with Mommy.  Delighted, Little Girl forgot her tears, and

together they sojourned forth in quest of her, and soon enough they found

her, likewise distressed at the loss of Little Girl. Bowing, he placed

Little Girl in Mommy's arms, and turned to go.  Before he took two steps,

Little Girl's voice stopped him.


"You oughta ask the King where your Dream is.  He knows *everything*."


MiLord considered this, and turned his steps toward the King.  Soon he

knelt before the Throne, and having given proper obeisance, asked, "My

Liege--I have lost the Dream! What am I to do?"


The King smiled down at MiLord, and said, "Have you now?  Look behind



MiLord turned, and behind him stood New Person.  New Person was wearing

that same tunic he had patiently been the model for.  In his hand was a

copy of the song that he had sung.  His expression was bright, but a

little uncertain.


"MiLord...MiLord, I don't know what to say.  I watched you fight with

Chivalry and Honor, and tried to learn from what you showed that squire.

I want to be like that, too!  I loved the song, and I thank you so much

for the tunic!  Master Pelican told me how much you have done for

everyone, and that Little Girl...you treated that Little Girl like a

great Lady.  I wept to see it.  Please, MiLord, how can I be like you?"


MiLord was shocked.  Was this, then, the Dream?  Was it right here, all

along?  How could he have missed it? He heard the King's voice, soft and



"Do you see now, MiLord?  The Dream is not something you have.


"It is something you *do*."


In Service to the Dream,

Colin of Tighan



Copyright 2000 by Eric Jordan, PO Box 411, Cookeville, TN 38503.

<talvin at usit.net>. Permission is granted for republication in SCA-related

publications, provided the author is credited and receives a copy.


If this article is reprinted in a publication, I would appreciate a notice in

the publication that you found this article in the Florilegium. I would also

appreciate an email to myself, so that I can track which articles are being

reprinted. Thanks. -Stefan.


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