A gentle breeze sets the leaves whispering and bends the bows closer to hear their secrets, but the whistling rustle holds no truths beyond the ones they’ve heard countless times before. Corresponding actions and routines transpire throughout the shaded forest, from the ears perking to tall grasses stirring. The wind is the fortune-teller of the wild places, bringing tidings to those who care to listen, and those who know best always care to listen.
A raised snout follows the perked ears to taste the air and confirm the spreading rumor: night is coming. Padded feet tread softly on well-worn paths to the singing rock, where the head will tilt again and raised voice will call to brothers and sisters in celebration of the coming hunts. That running of brotherhood and survival is still some hours away, though, which is fine because the rock always takes time to climb. Its layered granite can shed and splinter under paws scrambling for purchase.
A winged neighbor cries as it swoops low overhead, angry over being trespassed against, and then perches out of reach of snapping jaws to continue its admonishments. This too is routine, and while not completely ignorable, is easily pushed from racing thoughts as the path curves to rockier terrain. The squawks quiet and then disappear altogether behind heavier pants and the high pressure of the evening breeze sweeping across open land. Small creatures scurry to safety, under rocks and into holes, as the singing rock comes into view.
A deep orange spreads from the edge of the world as the fiery orb of light slips from view. The time is nearly right. As purple caresses the edge of the color splashed heavens and then devours the sky, the breeze quiets and the forest below revels in the momentary silence and in anticipation of what is to come. Padded feet carefully scale the ancestral trail and emerge on the smooth overlook. The voice sounds immediately in songs of freedom and wildness, and the brothers and sisters respond in echoing fashion until the whole valley vibrates in beauty.