Not For You

Do not follow the swamp lights. They are not for you.

“She’ll lead you in,” the locals warn, shaking their heads, “and she’ll drown you in the lake. Let that light guide you and you’ll find only darkness ahead.”

But the light of the kelpie is for her foal, not the dazzled eyes of men. The waters are dangerous even to the youngster, so the mother shows her the shallows and the safety of the reeds. A magic draws the foal to it like a moth to flame, but the foal is not the only one to fall under its spell.

When she’s older, the filly will be able to swim with her mother, but for now she must remain safe above the water. As must all of us.

Do not follow the light.

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