Cornflower’s New Name – p.8

July 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm 1 comment

The pounding of her pulse was loud in Cornflower’s ears, and she was terrified that it might be masking some other, more important sound. She willed herself to slow her breathing, and calm down. It took what seemed like an eternity, but finally she was still again, and she could hear the little noises of the forest around her.

Each snap of a twig or rustle of a high branch sent her heart fluttering and her stomach jumping again, but each time she became quicker at returning to quiet calm. By dusk, she was nearly asleep on her feet, and too relaxed to be bored.

She was snapped out of her trance by the first firefly of the evening as it flashed its light just in front of her. Cornflower smiled, and was delighted as the bright yellow lights began to blink all around her. She didn’t even notice that the sun had set, so enchanted was she by the fireflies and their dancing. It was like being surrounded by living stars. She wanted desperately to catch one, but her hands felt heavy and she couldn’t lift them even if she’d meant to. Remembering her promise to the spider, she let the smile fade slowly from her face, and tried to stare straight ahead again; but now night had truly fallen, and she could no longer see the trees.

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