Remember the quiet wonders. The world has more need of them than it has for warriors.

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The Forest Lord stepped in amongst the trees and was gone

I ask you this, little brother, the raven said. Remember the quiet wonders. The world has more need of them than it has for warriors. And this I will tell you as well: One cannot seek to uphold honor in a being that has none. In seeking Mal’ek’a you will bring only sorrow to yourself. There is a price for every action. Regard what Tep’fyl’in has paid.

But Mal’ek’a is evil, Kieran said. And Tep’fyl’in was right, it was my people that loosed him in the world. Mal’ek’a came from across the Great Water, did he not?

He did. Do what you must do, the raven replied. Farewell, my son. I will look for you again when you seek peace, not war. Turning, the Forest Lord stepped in amongst the trees and was gone.

by Charles de Lint (born 22 December 1951)
from Moonheart (1994)
Part Three – Warriors and Huntsmen
image – Alaskan Dude

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