Songs in the Forest — Part V

The floodlights captured giant white crustaceans and glowing blue-green fish with huge eyes.  They maneuvered around the submarine, investigating for food. Tap -- tap, tap.  It was a miracle anyone had survived the explosion much less the descent to the ocean floor. Fyodor took a deep breath as he stepped from the forest onto the …

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Songs in the Forest — Part IV

Fyodor laid out his coffee carafe and kulich* on the folded military blanket, near the rock where he'd been before.  He poured himself a cup and opened his notebook.  He found the Pushkin poem he'd adapted to Ninilchik.  He began to read aloud and his thoughts wandered. Thoughts If I walk among the noisy streets... …

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Songs in the Forest — Part III

Annushka took her basket and stepped into the crisp pre-dawn air.  She walked through the garden, cultivated to blend with the forest.  She gathered some leaves and bark for tea.  Carrot and turnip to go with lunch today, she decided.  Reaching, she slipped on moss-covered stones and tangled her hair in a spider's web.  Quickly …

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