~ Seren o Annwn ~
Location - Greenpeaks Park
Interactions - Aisling
The plan, initially, had been to take the day slowly. Seren had one of the rare days where she didn’t need to wake up at ungodly early times to get to work. But then there was that loud, awful blaring noise that did more than enough to shake thoroughly awake. A mixture of confusion, panic and residual sleepiness was rushing through her when she sprang up from her bed and instinctively headed for the nearest window.
Everything looked fine at a glance, but that noise had left something in Seren, an odd feeling that was familiar, in a sense, and completely alien at the same time. It called forward that memory from her earliest childhood, when she had gotten lost in Cwmcych and ran into what she to this day firmly believed to have been a Ci Annwn, one of the hellhounds from her home country’s folk tales. The feeling that the sound left her with was almost exactly the same as it was then, when she looked that white wolf in the eyes.
Quickly, Seren got dressed in an old pair of jeans that were torn at the knees not deliberately but by overuse, she only kept them because it was starting to be a trend at the time, some washed out long-sleeved T-Shirt from a punk rock band she hadn’t listened to in a few years, dark leather boots and threw on a black beanie to hide the mess of chestnut hair left on her head after just getting up. Something felt way off about all of this, she felt that she needed to leave, right at that moment. For a second she glanced at the clock. 6:54 o’clock. There was still a few hours before she had to clock in for work, plenty to investigate whatever that sound was.
As if on cue, though, the normally pleasantly quiet voices of nature around her perked up. Pleasant low droning, that Seren had gotten more than used to by now, quickly turned into the noises of an upset crowd. Like rabid people storming stores on a Black Friday. It only alarmed her further. If they were suddenly so up in arms, then something must have been seriously wrong.
Then, suddenly, out of nowhere a sharp, searing pain spread from Seren’s left temple through the rest of her head a pain much like that unpleasant feeling of holding your hand under hot water, the feeling intensifying the longer the hand remains in the water, only Seren couldn’t get away from the heat. Her vision was blurry, and though she was familiar with her home, everything was so disorienting she felt like she had no idea where she was. To make matters worse, the noises in her head rose from a loud upset crowd to a deafening fever-pitch, until, after only a few seconds, the noise bled out into a sharp long whistling noise in her ears.
In the blur of colours before her she could still barely make out flashing blue lights pass by her windows. People were probably in serious danger. Seren tried her best to get to steady herself, with still blurred vision slowly setting one foot before the other, get out of the house somehow. She tripped, over seemingly nothing, there was a dull thud against the front of her head and without warning, everything faded to black.
With a sharp, sudden breath Seren shot back up as she regained consciousness. Her vision had finally returned to her, and though her head still hurt with a sweltering hot kind of pain, she could somehow manage to get to her feet. The voices had quieted down a little, still, they were upset, but at least they were not nearly as deafening as before. How long had she been out for? It felt both like no time at all and an eternity had passed by her, she had no concept of time anymore. She looked to one of the door frames that had a clock above it. 6:58 o’clock. She couldn’t have been out for longer than a minute. Seren touched the part of her forehead that had collided with what she could now identify to have been her living room coffee table, there was some light swelling already, but no blood. Good.
She quickly rushed outside and hopped in her small, visibly used car and started driving. She didn’t even know exactly where she was going, she just knew that she was going somewhere. These moments would occasionally come over her, when she would just do things with no explanation readily available for her as to why exactly she was doing them, only that she was doing them at that moment. She had been driving somewhat aimless for about ten minutes when she saw the edge of the Greenpeaks Park come into view. It was as good a place as any to start. The wild forest outside Pirn would be fine. Nature has a way of dealing with natural catastrophes by itself, a man-made park however, might not be so lucky.
Getting out of her car and taking a few steps into the park, Seren was presented with a picture of destruction. Some trees were fully uprooted and others were only a hair's breadth away. Animals, birds, a few stray rabbits and goats were running about the destroyed landscape, mostly trying to get away from it. Rebuilding the park just as it was would be difficult and, given the age some of these trees had reached, Seren guessed she wouldn’t ever see it just like it was just the day before again.
With a deep breath Seren closed her eyes, trying to focus and to drown out all but the nearest of voices in her head, desperately looking for something she could deal with at that moment in between the wails and cries of the entirety of nearby flora and fauna. Something pulled her in a particular direction in the park and without hesitation, Seren bolted after whatever it was that was pulling her. She knew it wasn’t what was calling to her, but she happened to be travelling roughly in the same direction that she knew a prayer circle was located in. She’d have to check-up on that straight away afterwards, hopefully it was still intact.
It only took a few seconds of sprinting in the direction of the pull that Seren could see where she ended up. Not that long ago a small petting zoo had been opened up. Luckily, judging by all the animals that were now running around freely, it didn’t seem that that much damage had been caused here. Seren did quickly spot one of the animals had gotten into trouble however. A small young grey furred goat with white stripes across its torso and dark, almost black spots on its head was crying loudly, trying desperately to free an older, bigger goat with similar colouration.
“Hey, hey, it’s alright!” Seren called out, rushing up to the two goats, “I’ll help, okay?” She could now see that the older goat, still alive, had gotten trapped by one of its hind legs that was stuck under some of the mesh fence, which had gotten pinned to the ground by a large-ish fallen tree trunk. Somewhere between the tree flattening the fence and the baby goat trying to pull the other one free, some part of the metal fence had slightly cut into the goat’s leg.
“Okay, listen.” Seren tried to talk to the frantic baby goat, Seren had to call out to it a few more times before it finally seemed to react to her, “I’m going to try to lift up this trunk, okay? You should be able to get her free then. Got it?”
She didn’t really wait for a response from there, she just walked over to one of the ends of the tree trunk and did her best to get a good grip on it. ‘Let’s hope that I can lift this thing.’
, with a small strained groan, Seren did her best to lift the trunk, which turned out to actually be a little heavier than she had anticipated. It wasn’t much, but she did eventually manage to lift it a few centimeters off the ground, enough for the smaller goat to pull the bigger one free, the very moment the goat’s hind leg wasn’t stuck under the fence anymore, Seren immediately dropped the trunk again with a heavy sigh. When she looked back to where the goat was just pinned, she could only see that both of them had taken the chance to immediately run away.
“You’re welcome.” Seren said with a small smile, “At least it looks like the leg wasn’t hurt too badly, if she can dash away like that.”
Seren took one more deep breath and faced the direction of the Prayer Circle. ‘They shouldn’t be having any problems there. At least, less so than everywhere else. But… I guess it can’t hurt to check.’
. With that, Seren bolted toward where the Prayer Circle was located. It only took about a minute until the warped, almost domed trees that made it up came into view. A little worse for wear, but as she had suspected, the circle seemed to have taken the least damage out of everything from the park.
“Is everything alright here?! Nobody hurt? Nothing got too broken?”