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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Songs in the Forest – Part II

"Fyodor!  This is most astonishing!"  Sergey had worked through the night he was so intrigued.  "It's the Ninilchik dialect." Ninilchik...as in, Alaska? "Yes!" Fyodor could understand Russian being spoken in Alaska, but how did this relic of a dialect make its way back here? "Where did you get this recording?"  Sergey hadn't heard anything like …

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Songs in the Forest – Part I

He stepped carefully around the fallen branches, slowly placing his work boots evenly on the leaves.  One quiet step after another; merging with the stillness of one new dawn after another.  Would today be the day? Finally!  The notes danced through the forest.  Faint, high-pitched...small.  He had glimpsed her once.  No more than two feet …

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