This is my story...
A long, long time ago...
A girl falls in love with her heart’s desire.
He has to go away to battle on a ship. The only way they can communicate to each other is by birds as messengers.. she has a raven as a pet... And so she sends the bird to find him and see that he is still alive.
She draws a protective circle around herself so that she cannot hear false tales.
She cannot bear to be parted from him and many seasons pass.
She is bereft that her love is dead and becomes in a catatonic like state and has to be given majic milk from a witch. She suffers from hauntings and hallucinations and then awakens... the majic has worked.
She is alive.
She conjures up some more birds to help her find the fallen by watch bird. The birds finds the ship but the ship is wrecked.
The Raven returns.
Many return from battle to the shores but he does not. She cannot accept that he is fallen.
She decides that she will sail herself to find him and sets sail with the raven to obvious impending doom.