Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Peacock's Fan: Chapter 4: A Miracle

Gemfeather is strolling about, thinking how nice it would be to have a sip of water or taste of food, when a familiar scent comes to her nose. “No, no, it’s just your mind playing tricks on you,” she repeatedly tells herself. “It can’t be.” But as she walks farther and farther, the smell gets stronger and stronger, until the aroma surrounds her, and she can’t resist a look around to see if she can find the source of the scent. She turns a corner and can’t believe her eyes. There, down a hill, is a field of fruit trees, untouched by the drought because a stream of water is running in from the sea! With a cry of delight she yells for her family, and runs down the hill joyously. When the others come, they gasp, too. “We must send word to the animals who left 2 days ago! How excited they will be! They will want to come back at once!” her mother cries. “No, wait,” says Gemfeather. “I don’t think the whales that took them agreed to a round trip, and they can’t swim by themselves.” What’ll they do?

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