The Sons of Fire

One afternoon as Loriena, Orina, Lumemora and Elma bathed in the pools in the middle of the great wood, they attracted the attention of the sons of the sun as they herded the great everbeasts of the heavens. These were Argaroth, Argos, Bogcrow, and Pyrel, the four great sons of fire.

In haste, the four descended the sky in flashes of golden light upon their fiery steed, but I would not have the undying feast upon the flesh of my own. Therefore I sent them away and hid my daughters in the caves. There they remained away from the sight of the undying and from their unquenchable fire.

However, the commander of the heavens sent rain upon the land. With the earth softened, mother earth used her trickery yet again and brought up anthills from her form. Out of them sprang up my daughters transformed, each bearing four great wings gifted by the white ants.

Immediately they flew out after the sons of fire, and they too came down riding their fiery steeds, but again I would not have them feast upon the flesh of my own. I prayed to Baba and in the rain, their wings fell off as the clouds hid the sun and the earth below.

Though the sons of fire thundered and threw fire from above, I denied their request. I demanded they offer me dowry in the name of their supposed love. I would have no less than all the ever-beasts of the heavens for my daughters’ hand in marriage.

All at once the sky cleared and the heavens thundered with the hooves of a multitude as the four sons of fire traveled down the rainbow cloaked in gold with all the ever beasts of the heavens. Before them walked Baba, Lord of the Stars, and with him was you, my fire, my love, and light.

If not for your smile and your tender request, not even the great herds would have won my approval. But for baba, for you my love, I honored their request. Before the commanders of the heavens, the eight were wed and for the first time in a long time, my darkened days were nourished with the light of love.