Irina Gache

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 on a journey of inner discovery that anyone can relate to if immersed in 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.

Irina Gache

Just as Freya and the woman step beyond the door, the woman lets go.

“I can’t do this, Freya. I don’t think this is good for you.”

As she disappears, a portal appears into the ground and Freya falls into it. As she is falling flashes of being there before come up in her mind. Her chest opens up and her heart breaks into two pieces. 

She feels like she is about to fall into a big sleep and losing her consciousness on her way down heading towards the abyss. “How will i get out of this one?” Freya asks herself seeing how she has nothing to grab a hold of.

“Remember your light!” she hears a voice coming from beneath, and as she looks down a big serpent reaches up and grabs her. Rivers of tears fall from her eyes in cascades making a lake that lifts both her and the serpent from the tunnel. The portal closes and they find themselves sitting on a field at night.

“Thank you for saving me!” says Freya to the snake in gratitude.  “My dear, I didn’t save you, you did all this by yourself. I told you I am a part of you that you can’t deny, accept this and you will never have any problem holding yourself.” The snake opens its mouth and hands her a paper and a pen.

“Now, you have work to do. You know what I am talking about.” She grabs the items and starts drawing two pieces of a heart. As she does this a big light comes out of the paper from between the pieces. Suddenly she feels her feet burning, and in a matter of seconds, all her body turns into ash, leaving the two pieces of her heart on the ground with the light burning brighter and brighter. The snake starts spiraling around the heart like in a dance, reaching higher and higher followed by the light. The light together with the snake connects the sky with the ground and a big flame starts burning out of this Union.

From the fire two wings appear and from it, Freya comes out. The wings turn into her hands and the flame into her hair. The snake dances on her spine and whispers in her ear:

“I know and you know too. You are right where you are supposed to be. No death is easy, no rebirth is without pain, but no life is without beauty or meaning.”

“Riddle, riddle in the night,

 Turn dark into light.

I foresee it all,

 The calling of the soul.” says Freya.

The snake hands her a mirror and as she looks at it she sees her reflection differently. She did not speak with her regular mouth, but with one that has appeared in between her two eyes. “What does this mean?” asks she smiling.”You have now found one of the gifts you lost, my dear.”

“I love….” she starts telling the serpent, but before she finished the sentence, the snake turns the mirror. “…you!” and the last word echoes into the night as she sees her reflection in the mirror.



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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Irina Gache is a visual artist and writer from Bucharest, Romania. Her main preoccupation is photography but she also loves to give life to images through other media like paintings and collages. When she writes she does it in a surrealist way and allures the reader into the text by making it very visual and with riddle-like challenges. "I like my text to move like a motion picture in the reader's mind where he/she can project himself/herself into. When I write I see a whole movie being created".