Sometimes I write about the forest girl. I’ve written her beginning and some in between things.. and I’ve written her death on the operating table. I’ve just thought about how, if I were to write a full story, I’d want it all to end. And I wanted to note this idea somewhere, just in case.
The reason that she was in the OR in the first place, I’ve decided, is because Music (the man she finds herself in love with) drove drunk. I think it will be one of the climaxes in the book. Where things finally seem perfect, where she gives in and drinks with him… And it obviously doesn’t go well.
In the end of the book, Music doesn’t drink anymore. He still indulges in the occasional cigarette. Now Music grows things. He lives among his many gardens, filled with squash, pumpkins, hydrangeas, roses, and peppers to name a few.. and wishes he could bring back the forest girl he killed.
Maybe in the end, she really does come back in the forest, mysteriously reborn again as she was before. Loved by the seasons and the sea surf, clothed in marvelous vegetation. Maybe she does hear the sound of music again, somewhere on a cool breeze, or high in some storm cloud. But maybe… This time… Before her forest heart can draw her towards the world of men a second time there is hesitation, fear, and some strange sense that it would end badly if she pursued love.
Maybe she leaves the forest again anyway.