|About the Book|
I fell in love with a boy. He cptured my heart and held it just as he held me. But I was a river and could not be held. But I cannot fall he had replied for I am a man. You shall stay with me and I shall stay with you and together we will live hereMoreI fell in love with a boy. He cptured my heart and held it just as he held me. But I was a river and could not be held. But I cannot fall he had replied for I am a man. You shall stay with me and I shall stay with you and together we will live here in this house. I told him that I could not for if I stayed far from the river then I would cease to be. Should he keep me he would only have me for a short time but should he come with me to my river then we would live together long and happily. He asked what he would have to do and I said submit to the river until drowned and then I shall breathe life into you. He could not do it, he said and I watched him cry as he said that neither could he keep me prisoner as had been his plan but would return me to the river straight away for he loved me and could not watch me fade. He slipped the willow bonds from my wrists and led me to the river and there he watched as I dived in then turned to look at him. Join me. I cannot. Join me. He turned and walked back up the hill and into his house. I saw him watch me from the window and I made sure I would stay where he but no others could see me then eventually he would realise my beauty and come to me. I saw him watch from the window for many nights and days and I watched back showing to him my beauty, but he did not return. I listened to him sing at nights but could not be with him for eventually I would cease to be, so far from my river. But he still did not come and my loneliness grew and grew and finally being able to stand it no more I took form and without bond walked to his house and there I became his and he mine. I knew it meant I would fade but I had decided that is what I wished for should I be able to be with him in the meantime. And so we spent a time together and it seemed long to him for he grew grey before my eyes and one day said to me that his time had come to pass from this world. I will die soon, he had said, for though you have not aged I am now old and will soon pass from this world. This could not be for only some little time had passed and I had not yet faded and I told him so. Perhaps that was true for you and your people, he said but for me thirty years has come and gone since we first met and my span of years is nearly over. But so little time. I said.