Willow needed time by herself. So, she took a few days off from her mind numbing job at the Legal Department for the County of Kittas and came up to the cabin that she and her husband owed near Lake Sunshine. Willow was just fed up with her life. She was in a dead end job and her marriage was on the rocks. She just found out her husband of almost 25 years of marriage was cheating on her with, of course, a younger woman named Vegas.
“Seriously, who names their kid, Vegas for Goodness sakes?” mumbled Willow.
And now, Willow had to make the biggest decision of her life. Stay with the good- for- nothing loser of a man she was married to and forgive him, or go on and find a new life. She was scared, so scared that sometimes she couldn’t catch her breath. She didn’t have to worry about children because good ole hubby hadn’t wanted any. He wanted it to just be them. “Until death do us part.” Hell, he wouldn’t even let her have a dog.
“Until death do we part? “Willow murmured. “WHATEVER!” she screamed as loud as she could.
“WHATEVER, WHATEVER, WHATEVER!” something screamed back at her.
Willow looked up into the sunny sky and couldn’t see anything. She jumped back around and looked behind her. A chill ran up her back.
“OK, whoever you are, this isn’t funny.” She said
Silence is all that Willow heard. Complete silence. Willow listened for more back-talk coming from somewhere in the woods, but nothing more happened. She was certain that she was going out of her mind with madness. Willow headed back to the cabin. She needed to get herself a huge glass of some of that expensive wine she bought to celebrate the big 25 year anniversary that was coming up in a few days, and then she was going to go sit by the lake and get drunk. Yes, that is what she was going to do. Just get drunk. Willow grabbed the bottle of wine, wine opener, lawn chair, blanket, and a big-ass mason jar. She was going to drink wine out of a mason jar and her stupid husband Roy wouldn’t be there to tell her she looked ridiculous. You know, come to think of it, Roy said that a lot to Willow; always making her feel like an idiot. Willow put the lawn chair by the lake, sat down, put the blanket on her lap and carefully opened the $250 dollar bottle of wine. She poured a full jar full. Willow sat in the lawn chair and sipped her $250 dollar wine and enjoyed the scenery.
“It’s so beautiful here.” She whispered to herself.
“It is isn’t it?”
Willow jumped with fear and crashed to the ground, wine flying all over the place. She screamed as loud as she could to scare off whoever it was behind her that was surely there to kill her. Maybe her husband had hired a hit man. Willow looked up and all around and saw nothing.
“Oh MY GOSH. I am going crazy.”
She sat on the ground and cried until it hurt. Then she felt something on her shoulder. She jerked around and it flew off of her.
“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” Willow yelled.
“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” the bird yelled back.
Willow started pinching herself and then she smacked herself across the face.
“Wake UP, Wake UP.”
“Stop hitting yourself for Goodness sakes, you are going to give yourself a black-eye. Hey that might not be a bad idea. You could use it against your cheating husband. Tell the judge he beat you up. “
Willow fainted. When Willow came to there was a huge Raven standing on her belly looking straight into her eyes.
“Hey girlfriend, you OK?”
“I must be dreaming.”
“Nope, you’re not dreaming. I am for real, here I’ll show you.” The Raven leaned in and pecked her on the nose.
“Ouch, that hurt.”
“See, told you I was real.”
“But, you talk, and that is just not normal.”
“Why, isn’t it normal? Because you are a human and I am a bird?”
Willow just laid there staring into the eyes of this huge Raven and was thinking to herself that she had gone stark raving mad. She closed her eyes tight and shook her head, then looked up again and.
“Yep, still here. You know you can do that all day long and I will still be here looking at you.”
“Ok, fine! I will accept that I am completely 100% crazy and just go with it. Now, what do you want and please get off of me.”
“What do you mean what do I want? You are the one that called me.”
Willow laughed. “HA, no I didn’t.”
“Oh, yes you did! Remember when you were talking to your friend Melissa and you told her, I want to be a Raven because they are shiny, noisy, gutsy (they chase eagles and hawks) and they can glide for a long time without flapping their wings. They play with each other and even fly upside down. They are smart, too--they fly up in the air with hard food and drop it on the ground to break it. They use tools and they teach their babies to use tools. Once I saw a raven at Mt Rainier that was so big I thought it was a monkey sitting on a ledge! They're also used in Native American folklore and totem poles. :o) And that is why I want to be a raven! Do you remember now?”
“Yes, I remember that now. So, what you are telling me is that you are here to, what, turn me into a Raven?”
The Raven pounced off of Willow and landed on the ground. “Yep, that is what I am telling you. But, first I think we need to sit and have a glass of that wine.”
Willow laughed hard. “You want some wine?”
“Well, hell yes I want some wine. I was a wine connoisseur when I was a human.”
Willow got up, brushed herself off and walked back to the cabin to get some more wine for her and her new friend, the wine connoisseur that was once a human.
“What is your name?” asked Willow
“My name is Gail, just Gail, easy peasy. No last names in the bird kingdom.”
Willow went into the cabin, ran into the bathroom and looked in the mirror. “Seriously, Willow you need to snap out of this. Just because your husband found himself a new lady friend doesn’t mean you need to go insane.”
Then Willow sat down on the toilet and resigned herself to staying in the bathroom hoping she would wake up from this bizarre dream. Pretty soon she heard noises coming from the kitchen. Bang, smack, glug, bang, and crack.
“Well, goodness sakes Willow you are the slowest wine fetcher I have ever seen. Now, hurry your bum up and let’s go watch the sunset and have some of this fabodelish wine.” Willow looked out of the bathroom and was watching Gail the Raven walk down towards the lake with 2 wine glasses and a bottle of wine, holding them in her feathered wings. Willow went out and started following Gail down to the lake. “What the hell. If I am crazy then I might as well enjoy it.” She sat down in her lawn chair and Gail poured her a glass of wine, then she poured one for herself and she swirled it and then smelled it and then gave it a tiny little taste. She swished it around, then swallowed and let out a moan. “OOOOOHHHHHHHH, this is the best wine EVER.” Willow took a sip and was quite pleased with her choice of wine. “Yes, it is, and as soon as we are done getting nice and drunk I want you to call 911 and have me put into a home. I am going insane for sure.”
Gail looked over at her, took a sip of her wine and said, “No, you are not. You are going to be going on a journey and when we get back you will have made up your mind about whether to stay in that marriage or leave and start a new life.”
Willow smiled at Gail and took a huge swig of wine. Gail poured some more in Willow’s glass. Soon they were both cracking up and laughing like they had been friends forever! Then Willow passed out, at the same time changing slowly but surely into a beautiful Black Raven, new and shiny. When she awoke she looked over at Gail, and then she looked at her feathered arms and fainted. “Oh, good Lord Almighty Willow you are such a wimp.” Said Gail as she high tailed it up to the Cabin and came back with some great smelling salts and stuck it under Willow’s beak. Willow started coming around and then she just sat there in total confusion. “Ok, now listen up Willow, no more fooling around. You just need to trust me and accept this, OK?” So, the first thing we are going to do is teach you to fly. So, follow me!” Gail got up from the lawn chair and started walking towards the trail that leads to the cliff dives above the lake. Willow got up and followed her as instructed. Willow had finally accepted that she is completely insane and someone will come and find her and put her away in a nut house. By the time they got up the mountain Willow was so out of breath she thought she was going to puke. Then Gail looked over at her and said, “Are you ready.”
“Ready for what.”
“Ready to fly my friend.”
“Ok, on the count of 3 we are both going to jump and then just start flapping your wings. READY, 1, 2 and 3.” Gail gave Willow a huge push and off she flew. Well, actually off she fell. Willow started screaming her beak off as she was tumbling down, upside down and round and round. “HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP.”
“Flap your wings woman, flap your wings!” Gail was flying around Willow “Like this.” Willow finally started flapping like a wild bird. Flap Flap Flap and finally she started FLYING.. up high and then low and my LORD it was wonderful. She was free. Finally free of everything. Free of worries, free of all her thoughts, she was just flying in the crisp blue sky with the wind beneath her wings. It was awesome. Gail came up beside her, “So, what do you think.”
“I LOVE BEING A RAVEN!”
Gail and Willow flew all over the lake; they flew down to the cabin and had a sip of wine. They just kept flying and flying. Willow hadn’t felt this alive for a long time. She was finally free from the stress of her marriage and all the troubles that came with it. Finally unrestricted; and she loved it. She soared as high as she could go and she could still hear Gail cheering her on. “YOU GO GIRL…” Willow and Gail flew all over the lake area. Then Gail told Willow it was time to go fly somewhere else and have a look at something. So, Willow followed Gail and they flew and flew until they arrived at Willow’s house. “What are we doing here?”
“Well, you needed an answer to what you were going to do with your life and now you can see for yourself. You have been blind long enough.” Willow didn’t understand what she was talking about until they landed in the big Maple tree in the backyard of Willow’s house. Out on the back deck were her husband and the other woman, Vegas. Enjoying Vodka and Tonic’s with fresh squeezed limes and laughing like they were newlyweds.
“ERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrrr…” Willow screech so loud that her husband and Vegas looked up into the tree right at her and Gail, and then they started laughing.
“What a strange bird that is.” Well, that made Willow really mad and she said to Gail. “I will show them strange.” Willow flew overhead and dropped the mother load right on top of their heads. And, it was a great shot. As she flew off laughing all she heard in the background was them screaming. And, then Gail dove in and blasted them again. It was the best day of Willow’s life. She was finally happy and she knew what she needed to do. Gail and Willow spent the rest of the day sightseeing and just enjoying each other’s company. They finally arrived back at the cabin and enjoyed the rest of the wine.
“Well, this is it Willow. It’s time for you to go back to who you really are.”
Willow looked at Gail with sad eyes, “Do I have to go back to being a human? Why can’t I stay like this forever?”
Gail took a sip of her wine. “Nope, your journey now is that of a human and you must finish it until your time is over on this Earth. Then who knows, maybe your next journey on the earth will be that of a Raven.”
Willow smiled, sipped her wine and when she opened her eyes Gail was gone and she was back to human. But, she was her New Self. A much stronger self who knew what she wanted for the rest of her life on the earth; and it sure wasn’t her 2 timing husband!
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