扛起跳黑心的大旗。

A Winter's Tale


It was the 7th winter of Alaeya's life, and a much warmer one.
Alaeya sat by an ice mountain on a glacier. In her little hand, she held the 7th birthday present from her dearest friend. It was a blue scarf. She put it on and smiled, feathery snow melted in her hair.
"Thank you, Hibernis."
The mountain beside her moved. A human-like figure rose his upper body, his tiny eyes blinked under the sun.
“Are you the only Ice Giant?” She asked. Alaeya had never seen another Ice Giant. She had never seen anyone on the glacier other than Hibernis.
"No, and yes." Hibernis breathed deeply. A booming sound echoed in his chest, as strong as if it came from the center of the Earth. This might be scary to other children, but Alaeya was not just any girl.
"I am not the only one existed, but the only one left......"
The giant let her stood on his palm and set her on his shoulder. Alaeya leaned on his shoulder and sat quietly still. She knew Hibernis was about to tell her a story
"lovely child." He started.
Alaeya was a lovely child indeed. She had the beauty of winter. Her blonde hair, her fair skin,everything just fitted so perfectly with this land. This pretty glacier......

"lovely child, Giants are spirits of their lands, other lives' love and caring for the land kept us alive. My dear Alaeya......"
" Hibernis, am I the one who kept you alive?" Alaeya asked softly.
The Giant held her closer.
"Yes. Ah, young Alaeya, in a time too old for you to remember, when the time just started, our mother, the Earth, gave birth to us. Giants, humans, animals and plants. Everything you called nature. Back then there were many of us, many of every kind. Our mother was healthy, time was good." He paused for seconds and kept on telling.
"I met my first human friend on a chilling day. It had been so long that I couldn't recall his name, but his appearance I will never forget. He was young as you are, thin and with the most lively eyes. I carried him all across the frozen land, running under the sun, the stars, and the moon. His laughter weaved into the wind. I once believed that we will stay together forever, happy and bright as the sun."
He gazed at the darkening horizon and stopped. He listened to the wind as they still carried the happiness of the young boy.
"But no. How could I be so blind? A child never stayed a child, growth always came. One year he chopped down trees and built his own house. The other year he built a family. I could still hear his laughter, but it was for his new house, the growth of his possession and the population of his family. Everything was never the same. Ah, he used to love the chirping of birds, but one day he shut the window to block it away. The forest slowly backed away from him, but he kept on exploiting the land to create bigger farm, even bigger farm. He showed little concern. But he was still my friend, he still took care of the health of his farmlands." Hibernis swallowed a bitter sound.
"But generation after generation, not anymore. Villages formed, castles rose, cities grew and grew. Every relationship I had with every human ended in terribly similar ways...... And Giants, we kept on dying. There are only a few of us left, Alaeya....."
Alaeya touched his neck softly.
"Hibernis, I am not like the others. I won't leave you, I promise."
The last Ice Giant signed.
"I hope so, I hope. But, good Alaeya, this is not about the Giants, not about me. It's getting dark, my child, go to sleep now......"

She woke up at home, on her tiny bed. On her neck was the blue scarf from the last Ice Giant.
She treasured that scarf that winter, thinking of Hibernis.

The next winter, her father sent her to her auntie's house, away from the glacier, away from Hibernis and his stories. She could only go to the little wood and talk to the old trees. She didn't wear her wool hat that year.

The year after, her father found a job in the city, she stayed at her auntie's house again. There was a new built factory nearby which attracted most of Alaeya's interest. Compared to the new fun place, the old forest worth nothing. She never set foot in there again. She took her mittens off that winter, for they are no longer needed for the weather.

They moved to a nearby city and Alaeya finally caught up with time. All the smoke, the smell of oil tar, all the factories. So new. And life was so new. They could dump no matter amount of food, they could just throw them directly into the city river. She made many new friends too, everyone did the same thing. She took off her winter coat this year.

The following winter, Alaeya went to visit her aunt. Where the old wood was stood a good looking power station. Her own home, the city, grew in size and population. The city river turned green from all the used water from the uncountable factories around. She started wearing skirts that winter and she was happy.

One year later, the weather was even warmer. She and her friends had more time to do all the summer things. They went swimming in the in door pool, they dressed nicely to the cinema, they ate ice creams. She had so much fun, the image of Hibernis slowly faded away. That winter, Alaeya finally took off the blue scarf from her neck and left it on the ground.

The weather got warmer year after year. Summer was hotter and winter became just like summer. Alaeya's icy blonde hair turned dark and her snow like skin got tanned. The beauty of winter, of that glacier went away. But no one cared.

When Alaeya reached 17, she and her friends went to a winter-themed amusement park which had a gigantic room filled with man-made snow and ice. They had fun there.
At the end of that trip, they found a statue of a Giant standing alone in the corner.
"He looks amazing." A friend of her exclaimed. " How wonderful if he is real."

Alaeya rushed back to her old home. She asked everyone there how to get to the glacier for she haven't been there for ten years. She couldn't find the way anymore.

Finally she got to where the glacier used to be, but she saw nothing.
No Hibernis, not a single piece of ice. Nothing.
There was no more winter.

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