The swollen stream flows partially underground, the water tinkling as it bubbles over rocks. A large ivy-encrusted trunk lies across the stream's flow. Gentle sounds of gurgling fill the air. The stream is being sheltered by the evergreen leaves of a holly bush. Each time there is a gust of wind a flurry of drops pat the wet earth.
Dancing Around The Fairy Tree
"That was a lot of rain yesterday Pat," says Conchubhar as he greets Patrick in the forest. "Are you on your way back to Slieve Miss?"
"Yes I have come into the forest to cut myself a new staff from one of the trees." With that Patrick grabs a low-lying branch, bends it and cuts it off the trunk. The two men talk as Patrick trims the branch into a shepherd's crook.
Now that they are surrounded by the privacy of the forest Conchubhar returns to his favourite topic of conversation.
"Do you realise Pat that the day I become king I can have any of the most beautiful women in D l Riaghada share my bed. It's a pity you won't join me. As a nobleman you could also pick women of your choice."
Patrick is silent.
The two men continue to walk through the dark sodden forest until they come across an open grass space with a small hawthorn tree, lit by a ray of sunshine shining through a gap in the cloud.
"Look, I think that is a fairy tree," says Patrick, "Is it not a wonderful sight."
Then, just as he finishes speaking, he hears laughing voices emerge from the surrounding forest. The voices grow louder and Patrick is surprised to see Maebh run out into the clearing followed by her friends.
The children start to hold hands and dance in a circle round and round the fairy tree in the bright sunlight. Maebh dances beautifully, her long skirt billowing in the wind. Patrick turns to share her beauty with Conchubhar, but sees his eyes narrow as he looks lustfully in her direction, so he declines. As the children dance Patrick notices deer, rabbits and a fox stand on the edge of the clearing watching the joyful scene.
Patrick feels a calling to dance with the children and he asks Conchubhar to join in. Conchubhar freezes.
"That is not something a warrior does," and he refuses to share in the fun.
To Conchubhar's amazement Patrick runs across the clearing and joins the dance around the fairy tree with the children.
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