Boilerplate Preface: As we practice PHYSICAL DISTANCING, I have decided to offer some of my after school creative writing workshop notes, tools, and exercises here for children of all ages. If you would like to share your stories, you may do so in the comments- or if you have your own blog, you may post it there, but please link back to the post that inspired it, and then share the link to your post in the comments.
This is Part III in this series. For parts I – II, V-IX, please see the following:
Catling Clans: Chronicles of Phoenix Clan
- Character Creation and Backstory– Character Sheets, Dice, & Cat Imagery
- Clan Visitors– Choices to Make
- Flights of Fancy– Myths and Legends
- Challenges– Missions to Accept
- Leveling Up– New Skills and Talents
- Summer Celebration- Festivals and New Traditions
Prologue: Phoenix Rising
There has been a Great Storm.
In the hills and valleys, it has swiftly changed the land; rain has filled the rivers and overflowed the brooks, cutting off roads, carving channels, uprooting trees. Multiple fires have sparked and spread. Creatures wild and tame have fled, seeking shelter, safety.
After days of rest, the survivors emerge to a world they do not recognize. Many are far from home. The Great Fire has left a scarred landscape. Ash falls like snow, dusting everything with grey. Soot smears the paws and faces of all. Steam rises from hot, black stumps where a forest once stood. Many homes have been saved, though many are displaced.
As you wander, trying to find your way home, you come upon a large rowan tree. At its base sits a brilliant white cat, a spot of gray beneath her right eye, like a permanent tear.
“Welcome,” she whispers. “I was called Victoria before the Great Storm and Great Fire. Much has changed… as have I… as have you… as have we all.”
“You may call me… Persephone…”