The Beltane Trek
Kris, Maxwell and Skippy seek the blessings of the Green Man before embarking on the annual trek to the Island of Escapades for the Beltane celebration.
The crossing of the Swamps of Sadness is always easier if you have overcome the powers of depression in an earlier journey. This time, the elves pass the swamps with no delay.
The three elves take a whole day to cross the bridge of the Great North-South Rift. The creation of the Great Rift between the Northern and Southern folk remains such a contentious topic, despite the passing of many thousands upon thousands of years.
The trek through the Mountains of the Eternal Moon is always a beautiful one. Despite its name, however, there is no eternal moon: there are simply two moons that are directly opposite each other in the nighttime sky. As one moon sets the other moon rises.
The elves cross the Valley of the Whispering Grass. “Where are you going?” the grasses whisper. The three elves are astute enough to realise that it would be foolhardy to answer each blade if they are to reach the Island of Escapades in time. There are too many strands of grass and not enough hours in the day.
Next, they follow the Lotus Flower River. Each lotus flower carries a dream, thrown into the river by the People of the Sandmen, and Skippy spots three special flowers that glimmer in the moonlight. “Spoilers!” whispers Kris as they chuckle and continue on with their trek.
The last part of the trek involves a long march across the Drylands Desert. It is evening before the elves complete the last stage of their epic journey. Tomorrow will be the celebration of Beltane.