16. A Move To Celtica
Sitting on the beach. A long week of days they had spent in their shop, Kane and Bronwyn had created several pots that they had sold on the mainland called “Gaul”. Kane had become skilled in speaking of the laws of the Celts. Often Tort, criminal law did not exist, but the civil law was complex and often took days to seek an answer to complaints of those wronged. His mind, fatigued from the studies and questions, only enjoying the fire on the beach with his angel laying her head on his shoulder. The cool of the breeze blowing over them caused Kane to pull a sheepskin over them while he tossed more wood on the fire.
“I think we should move, maybe to the south.” Bronwynm said softly. “We have been here long enough that some of the mid-wives are asking when I may have a child, we are not supporting the numbers of children.”
She softly laughed, but Kane did not.
Kissing her nose, he whispered. “Are they jealous that you have kept your girly looks?”
“In fact, they are. Stairiemh has complained that she was more beautiful than I was before she had her second child, now she has a tummy that will not go away.” Bronwyn nodded. “And she is right. She is taller than I am and very beautiful now. But she is not as lithe as a willow as she was when we first came here.”
“They will start noticing our childless status more as time goes on.”
“Yes, and the children are care for by people of the Tuathe. You are the father of no less that ten boys and girls that have adopted you as their favorites.” Bronwyn giggled. “The boys want to go throw that stuffed ball you made. I think it is Dagda’s favorite toy. He is always throwing it up in the air when you are not around. You made it for the kids, but he has taken it for himself. I think you need to make other toys for the kids.”
Kane laughed quietly. “I need to make enough for all the kids with that idea. Every child would need to get one, I’ll be stuffing and sewing for a year!” He covered his face with his hand, I’d have to make a wish list.”
Kissing him softly. “You would be the first Father Christmas.”
“NO! No no no..” He laughed out loud. “We are long years before that era.”
A laughing voice came from behind them. Finis, the Angel of Death, sat with his hands resting on his silver-handled cane.
“Why not set the theme of years to come?” The white goatee-sporting angel chuckled. “Start mankind on giving of their hearts. Giving good wishes to those in the darkest times of the year. This giving is not a religious thing. Let it come from within, give to the children.”
“Be the seed of what would be come known as a time of giving.” He held out his hand, palm up. “Mankind will twist it in various ways in the years to come. In each society, warrior based would make it more wild. Another society might make it more sexual and still another society may make it a respectful time of those in need and a giving time of presents and food. To take in the homeless or downtrodden. You were once like that.”
“A man alone, in their eyes, and yet?” Finish looked at Kane. “And yet, that they took you in and in time you became a productive member of the society. Maybe you can serve to show the way. Show love to the children, for they are the future of the world.”
Kane sighed. “This society already shows that an entire community raises the children. Everyone takes care of the boys and girls that walk and live.”
“And you can show them a peaceful way to live.”
Bronwyn smiled widely.
Kane frowned. “Why me?”
“Because you are good at it.” Another voice chimed in, it was Micheal, the Archangel.
“The Lord says to make it so. It is a good idea, one that will make your dark master quite angry with you.”
“Yes, he has been angry with me before. Kinda hurt.” Kane said as the memory of the worst pain he ever known came back to him.
The day a demon died.
From that day forward, Kane and Bronwyn traveled in their business trading gems and gold. Often teaching how to sing. Children became more excited with the arrival of the couple that traveled together. Kane created such toys out of wood and leather, for men, often was a small gift, a hatchet, hammer or in some cases if he knew what the need was, a lantern or a pair of shoes. Trading then became much easier with the people who did not know them, knew them by reputation.
Gift giving caught on and became popular, often gifts made by children were given to the couple as gifts for the children of the next village.
Romances blossomed from one clan to the next as love letters delivered between the distant towns.
Kane laughed on one trip, holding a finely worked calf-hide, sealed with wax.
“And future experts would say that humans did not write for another thousand years.”
Wars halted in times of harvest or in the cold and dark at by the end of the year.
In the eighth year of their living as humans, they had moved to the land of the Celt.
“You will come back?” The bright eyes of an eight-year-old boy Daigh looked up at Kane. “You promise not to stay away?”
Looking at the youth, Kane nodded and smiled.
“I promise. I will come back when the nights are at the longest and the weather is at the coldest. I will come back and we will play games as we have with the ball I have given you.”
“Never break promises to kids.” Daigh said. “I will remember!”
“Nope,” Kane shook his head. “I don’t break my promises to young ones.”
On the coast of mainland, they spread their way of life. Bronze was much easier to obtain and Kane began to teach other young men and women how to sharpen stone tools that they used.
Comments came of course. “The forefather did it this way” and “We do it that way.”
Sometimes, Kane learned some new technique, but most he taught.
Living near the coast, they traded upriver to the communities that desired their arts and crafts as well as Kane’s ax designs in bronze.
Traveling up the river towards a growing village of Lutetia
Kane was quietly contemplating the shape of a hammer in his head. A small hammer with the anvil shaped to fit the needs of a small.
“You know we are going to the future city of passion and love.”
“Oh?” Bronwyn said absent-mindedly as she struggled to sew a carved wood face of a smiling dog on a fuzzy body. Floppy ears for a baby to pull on or a child to cuddle with. “What makes you think that?”
Kane chuckled as she used a rare profanity as the stylus poked a finger through the carefully carved holes in the edges of the wood.
“The village we are going to has a population of only about two-thousand, will one day be Paris.”
“WHAT?” She sat up and laughed. “Really?”
“Yes.” Kane laughed with her. “I helped set back civilization here a few times.”
“Kane. What did you do?” She punched him in the shoulder playfully.
Their chatter filled the late afternoon air as the two lovers moved their wagon of bronze utensils and trinkets for trade in the future city of Paris.