*Inspired by my time spent gardening today.
The warm aroma of rosemary on her fingers, the gentle breeze that stirs her hair, and cools her skin. She closes her eyes, smiling, as she sits among the plants she has nurtured from seeds.
There’s a magic here. Cultivated by her own hands, flowing up through the dark, rich soil, down from the warm, golden light of the sun, and the cool drops of pattering rain.
The natural magic has attracted beings, like a beacon of love and safety. She has caught glimpses of them out of the corner of her eyes, dancing between the shadows and the dappled light that filters through the leaves.
They’re beautiful, with hair, and skin, and eyes appearing every color of the earth, sea, and sky, some with pointed ears, some with tails, and some with gossamer wings that glitter like precious metals in the light.
They watch her when she works in the garden, but she knows they won’t hurt her, and they know she won’t hurt them.
She has taken to leaving things for them, birdhouses she decorated, filled with doll house furniture, little plates and cups, and small bits of food.
They have taken to leaving her things in return, beautiful feathers of every color, shiny stones, and delicate bits of glass, worn smooth my time and the elements. She keeps them safe and sound within a jewelry box on her dresser.
She can hear the tinkle of their voices as they move among the plants. She opens her eyes, and looks down.
A particularly small one stands by her knee, a child, seeming to be made of silvery moonlight.
She smiles, and the little one smiles back, and holds up a feather almost as big as he is.
The little one nods, and holds the feather closer.
She holds out her hand down, and he sets in the feather on her palm, looking proud of himself. The feather is white as snow, and soft as silk.
“Thank you, it’s beautiful.”
He smiles again, before turning and darting away, disappearing into the bunch of green bean bushes near by.
She keeps a gentle hold of her feather. She’s received her favorite gift from them today.
I hope you enjoyed this little story. Please let me know what you think in the comments below. If you have any suggestions for things for me to write throughout the rest of the month, let me know.