Freya in the Garden of Soul is an episode-based surrealist novel that I decided to publish online as I go along with the writing process. It focuses on the journey of a character named Freya in the realms of the unconscious where she meets and interacts with different phantasmagorical characters that challenge her sense of self through different riddles and sayings that may be perceived as subtitle advice from inner guides.
Full of metaphors, parables, and leads, Freya aims to lead the reader into a journey of inner discovery that anyone can relate to if immersed into the story with an open mind. She will question herself, what she sees, feels and thinks and the world in the labyrinth she found herself into, provoking everyone that enters with her to do that as well.
Freya’s footsteps sound like war drums through the forest. It is dark, but not night, like it’s an eclipse of the sun. She looks up at the sky and sees the circle of light that surrounds the sun. It has flames and they move together with the rhythm of the wind. A thunderstorm seems to be approaching. She starts moving faster scanning the place for a place to hide before the storm comes. As far as she can see there are only threes whose branches and leaves move faster and faster in the beating of the wind.
She hears something behind her and with a penetrating sound she gets whipped on her back and falls flat on the ground. She breathes heavily and pieces of the soil get into her nostrils while she reaches her hands in front trying to get up from the ground. She looks behind and doesn’t see anyone. She puts her hands on her back and to her terror, she sees the hit was real and she has been wounded. Blood is dripping from it. Her hands are full of the warm red liquid.
Gathering her strength she starts running through the woods and doesn’t stop or looks backward. Her heart is pounding so fast that it reaches her head and for a moment she feels like her head is having an electrical shock making her forget who she is or what happened moments before.
Freya looks down on her feet and sees herself hanging on a balcony looking down. Behind her, she hears a deep and evil voice of a woman telling her to jump. The wind blows softly. The voice gets stronger and with it, the wind gets more and more aggressive. “I will not jump, for this is not what I want!” she says to the voice behind her. “I know who you are and what you want, but I won’t do your way. I am stronger than you think!” she yells to the voice.
She feels her hair being pulled by the presence behind her. “You have forgotten about me, haven’t you?” she hears the voice again. “You’ll see what will come of you!” and with that said Freya is being pushed off the balcony. While she’s falling, her fear disappears and she yells back to the person who pushed her: “YOU will see what will come of me, for this is only the beginning, not the end.” And hits the ground. Blood runs from her back onto the concrete asphalt while she looks in wonder to the sky above, not feeling her aches but an impulse from within.
“This is only the beginning, not the end!” says Freya smiling to herself.
About the author: Irina Gache is a visual artist and writer from Bucharest, Romania. You can find more about her by checking her portfolio or by following her on Facebook. Stay tuned for her next episodes.
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