On This Night … Of All Nights
A Testament to Love
We all wanted a second Hallowe’en episode, a third, a fourth! But we don’t despair – it’s in our power to create those dreams for ourselves, for each other.
And so … imagine …
Below, the dining hall has given over to art studio. Dozens of jack-o-lanterns grace the tables, some carved and lit, others still works in process. William’s emmisaries make the rounds to every table, collecting the seeds he’ll later roast and salt.
It’s not just the children busy with their sculptures.
This year, Elizabeth ventures from her gallery, arriving early to study the orange “canvases”, as she calls them. After much deliberation, she proclaims one blocky, tall, smooth-ribbed pumpkin hers, laying hands on its shoulders in near-caress. Geoffrey and Eric are required to hoist and carry it to a niche farthest from the commotion. Hours pass in the privacy she asserts, her back to the room.
Who knew she was as masterful with a kitchen knife as with a paint brush? She’s seen the painting once, only once, but the memory is indelible. Stepping back, inspecting … she nods.
Vincent and Catherine are called for, a mysterious, urgent summons on the pipes. They arrive almost breathless.
And, then, are more so.
A testament to love, Elizabeth proclaims.
Father sighs. Yes.
Catherine looks up at Vincent who smiles, knowing. Their love is rightful; their love has place.
Let’s show ourselves … Above, he whispers.
There’s the pumpkin flotilla at Harlem Meer, she tells him on the way up. And a pumpkin patch, a pumpkin walk …
We’ll find it, the perfect spot, he replies. For us.
Not hidden or remote, but right … there … for all to see.
Her words hold no question.
On this night, of all nights, he strides into the park. They are … together. No one looks twice.
The candle he pulls from his cloak pocket is fat and triple-wicked.
It will burn brightly, she says.
And he believes. For the longest time, for always.
Give all to love;
Obey thy heart …
‘Tis a brave master;
Let it have scope:
Follow it utterly,
Hope beyond hope
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
(feel free to download the wallpaper for your personal use)
So lovely! Thank you so much for this special Halloween treat!
Thank you, Lindariel!
Thanks! Halloween is special to me, and this expresses it so well.
Thanks, Londa! I’m so glad to hear that. Your kind words make me want to work harder on new things!
This is so lovely. I really miss this show. I love it so much.
Thank you, Sylvia, for visiting and for your kind words.
Thank you for this little Halloween treat! How did you manage to get the painting on pumpkin?? So neat!
Thanks, Sandy! I’m glad you liked the little story!
The painting is an actual pumpkin carving pattern! It’s free too.
Here’s the link
(Click that sentence!)
I had in my Pinterest files an example of it carved. No telling where I found it originally, but someone carved it and took its picture. I photoshopped it into a Central Park pumpkin display photo, then added the raccoon pumpkin and V and C and some little details to the wallpaper.
So beautiful and heartwarming, as always. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!
Thank you, Linda! I’m really glad you liked it. Thank you for visiting and your message!
Thank you!!! What a gift… for them and for us! Happy Samhain hugs!
Thank you, Vicky!! Happy Samhain hugs back!!!
Thank you so much, PearlAnn!!
Even as Halloween is not that common in Germany is still stays in a BatB fan’s Samhain heard.
Picture and story … both are bringing love and light into a dark time and I tryely can see them wandering the NYC streets.
Thank you, Cordi. You’ve brightened my day with you kind words. Hugs!
Beautiful, you have worked your magic dear friend, excellent story and wallpaper. Thank you !
Thank you, Linn! Hearing from you really brightened my day. Your kind words make me want to work harder! Hugs, back!