hope you all enjoyed the story as much as I did
made it safely to the next platform. I removed the map and and
The map told me I needed to use the first symbol. I
looked around the platform and found a third symbol. It appeared to
be a rope ladder of some sort. "Ok, now I have identified all
these symbols. The map did say that it has to be the first symbol."
I continued walking around the platform and found the second and the
then the first symbol. I started out in the same manner as with the
other two bridges. "Three down, four more to go." I thought
to myself. I made it to the next platform and removed the map and
studied it carefully.
I noticed that I had arrived at the
center of the maze. I also noticed that the sun was at high noon. I
said myself, "I will just quickly wonder a round this platform
and see what all is here. I noticed there was only one of the first
symbol, three of the second symbol, and two of the third symbol. I
further noted that this time I would not have to use the first symbol
bur rather the third symbol. Well that means I have to choose on of
two options. I looked closer and discovered that one of them was
green and one was blue. The map said to take the blue one. I wondered
around the platform and located the blue symbol. I found and located
that symbol. I noticed that instead of the ladder going down, it kind
of sort of went upwards.
I decided right then and there that I
was going to do my noontime preparations. After we had eaten and
rested a bit. I gathered my possessions together and started up the
ladder. The wind was brisk and it caused the ladder to swing
slightly. When I reached the top I was really winded. "Well four
out of seven bridges found and dealt with." I removed my map and
consulted it once again. It said that i would have to use symbol
number three but it was green this time. I wondered around the
platform and located the symbol. I noticed that the ladder did not go
straight down, but at an angle connecting it to another platform. I
started down the ladder slowly. It was easier than going up I
noticed. I arrived at the next platform.
I removed the map and
read it. It looked like this time it was going to be the first
symbol. I wondered around the platform and located the bridge. This
bridge was in worse shape than all the other bridges I have had to
cross. I moved slowly across the bridge. Ducking ever so often to
avoid a low hanging branch. Several of the boards fell to the forest
floor as i barely put weight upon them. I knew I had to get across
quickly, but I had to be real careful at the same time. It took
longer to cross this bridge than the others. It seemed the moment I
stepped onto the platform the bridge seemed to crumble and crash to
the forest floor. "Well, five out of the seven bridges are not
down and this one was very close to sending me to the forest
I removed the map and read it. This time it looks
like I have to use the second symbol and I noticed there was no first
symbol. I wondered around the platform and found the second symbol.
There was a note hung next to it. The note said;
handles, hang on, jump of, swing if it gets stuck, raise feet before
I did as the note said. the next thing I knew
I was literally flying through a canopy of trees. I almost forgot to
raise my feet before the next platform. I arrived safely at the next
platform. I removed the map. I noticed the first symbol was not here.
It looked like it was going to be symbol number two again. I wondered
around the platform and located the symbol. I remembered the
instructions from the first time. I landed safely on the next
platform. I removed the map and discovered I arrived at the six
bridge. I wondered around the platform and began slowly moving across
the bridge. As I walked across the bridge, I remembered what had
happened at the the last bridge and I was mindful of that fact.
arrived at the next platform an removed the map. I noticed the there
was only two more platforms to go. The one platform that I now found
myself one also did not have the first symbol, but it had a fourth
symbol. That was the one that I was to use. I wondered around the
platform. I located the fourth symbol. It was a basket of sorts.
There was a note. The note said;
"Climb in, get
comfortable, place feet upon the peddles, and grab the handles. The
peddles are to move the basket forward. The handles are to slow and
I did as the note said. It was not all that easy
going to start out with. But, I eventually got the hang of it. It
took quite awhile, but finally I reached the next platform. By the
time I managed to stop the basket, my legs felt like rubber. I sat
down on the platform. I removed the map and studied it. I had arrived
at the last of the bridges. "Well, I might as well get this over
with as this will be the last platform. Then I will need to consult
the other map." I wondered around the platform and located the
bridge. I proceeded across the bridge and found myself on the final
platform. I removed the map on last time. There was only one symbol
on it. I knew that now I would have to consult the other map. So I
removed the other map and studied it.
I noticed that there
were no symbols that were real close to the path that I would be
traveling on. I decided to spend the night here as I knew not what
the trail ahead would hold. I did noticed that there was not much
left on the map. That made me smile. I now knew the journey was
almost done. I made the evening preparations and crawled into my
I woke the next day anxious and excited. I
figured today would be my l today would be my last day on this
journey. I set about completing the morning preparations. I found
another note. Strange how these simple notes brought comfort to me
this note said;
"You have come so far. My daughter is now
stretching her wings. Her ability to fly is starting to come back.
The journey is truly now almost complete. At the end, you will
receive a great reward. It is something that you have begin looking
searching for awhile for."
I sat there for a moment and
pondered upon this note. What could the fairies know about me and
what did they mean about something I had been searching for for so
long. I felt a gently touch upon my ear. I turned as saw Angelina was
sitting upon my shoulder. Her color was returning and so was her
"The doctor told me that I can begin to use
my wings, but he said only for a short distances. It is still to far
for me to fly home. I guess you're stuck with me a little while
longer." She said.
"That's ok little one. I will enjoy
your company while I can. it is my pleasure. I have seen so many
wonderful things on this journey and I have a feeling I will see many
more before it is through." I replied.
We talked while I
gathered our stuff together. I helped her into my breast pocket. I
walked over to the ladder and started climbing down. My feet finally
touched down on the forest floor. I took a moment and studied
everything around me. I noticed there where several paths eked out of
the forest. I did not wish to choose the wrong path. So, I took out
my compass and the original map. Once I was satisfied about which
path I needed to travel down. I started walking down the path and I
noticed so many interesting things along the path. I seemed to find
myself wondering of to explore. I had to stop every once in awhile to
recheck my map and compass. As I walked I noticed that I was having
to stop more and more often as I kept finding more and more things
that I had to touch and smell.
I came upon a small clearing in
the woods. I found myself overwhelmed with all that I had found that
I did not realize that it was now lunchtime. I quickly set about the
preparing of the noontime meal. Me and Angelina chatted all through
lunch. We chatted some more as we walked down the forest path. I
consulted the map. I noticed we were getting closer to the next
symbol that at the beginning of this journey I did not recognize, but
now I knew I would find a mechanical type device that would assist me
in doing something. The something I did not know at this time.
we continued down the path. I began to hear running water. Then more
I walked. the louder the noise grew. We finally emerged from the
forest and before me was a huge waterfall. There was a brilliant
rainbow just above the falls. It appeared to disappear into the
falls. I stood there for awhile trying to take it all in. I heard a
chuckle and saw that Angelina had perched upon my shoulder and she
was laughing hysterically. "And just what is so funny?" I
"It's is nothing. It is just the look upon your
face. I am so used to seeing these falls. I forgotten just how
beautiful they really are. I am just amazed at your reaction."
"I suppose you are right Angelina. This is your
home and yes it is absolutely amazing." I said.
looked at me and said, " You know all this time I have spent
with you, you have never told me your name."
my name is not really important. But if you want to know it's Cara."
I replied. She smiled and kissed me lightly on the cheek. "Well
little one what say we get you home." She nodded and I helped
her back into my breast pocket.
I looked around and I found
the mechanical device. It was crude. It had a basket and a pulley
system. It appeared to disappear into the falls. I climbed in and
pushed myself off. I now found myself over the falls. It was a
magnificent sight. The water was crystal clear. I could make out the
rock formations that formed the falls. I knew I still had to
concentrate upon the operation of the device that I was in. As it
turns out, it actually did disappear into the falls. I now found
myself on a rock shelf just beneath the falls. It was very dark and I
did not know if my matches would work as I had just been drenched
from head to toe.
Angelina crawled out of my pocket and
fluttered brightly in front of me. She said, "I do not know if I
am strong enough to fly all the way home, but I can light the way
through the cave and get us to the other side."
you, but only as long as you think you are strong enough. If you need
rest, you rest." I said. She nodded her head an promised. She
lead us out of the cave. When we had exited the cave I noticed dusk
was fast approaching. I consulted the map and the compass and saw
that we were still on the correct path. I saw a tiny cottage with a
I made my way over to it. When I got there I knocked
on the door. A little old lady opened the door.
pardons Ma'am, but we have been traveling all day, and we are in need
of a place to rest for the night." I said.
the old lady croaked, "I only see you. Where is this traveling
companion that you speak of."
Angelina poked her head out
of my breast pocket and waved shyly at the old woman before ducking
back into my pocket.
"How is it that you come to be
traveling with a fair?" asked the old woman.
wondering in a forest one day and heard her crying for help. So, I
set out to find her. She was caught in a bramble bush and I freed her
from it and removed a bramble thorn from her. The fairies entrusted
her to me and asked me to help her come home safely." I
"Well, if the they truly did this. Then I
suppose I can trust you enough to give you food and shelter for the
night." She said.
She opened the door and showed me
inside. "I do not have very much, but I will gladly share what I
have with you." she said.
"Well maybe, if we combine
what we have together. It will be more than enough." I said.
set my pack down on the table an took what food I had and gave it to
the old woman. She took it and said; "Well, it looks like
tonight we will have a feast of sorts." She disappeared into
another room of the cottage. When she returned she had some folded
cloth in her hands. "These were my husband's. I have not had the
time or the heart to throw them away. They should fit you. I have
also drawn you a bath, if you wish to remove the dirt and grime from
your travels." She said.
I took the clothing from her,
"Thank, I will take care of these just as he had done. You are
right the bath would be much appreciated and needed."
pointed in the direction of the bath. I entered the room and removed
my clothes and slipped into the tub. The water was warm and fragrant.
I scrubbed all the grime and filthy from my body. I emerged from the
bath feeling more relaxed and more energized at the same time. I
quickly donned my new garments. I gathered together my old clothes
and walked back into the main room. I started to place my old clothes
into my pack. The old woman approached me, "I will not allow you
to do that," she said, "Here give them to me. I will wash
them. I can not allow you to go around carrying dirty clothes."
really is not necessary." I said. The look on her face said it
all and I handed my clothes to her and she disappeared into the back
of the house. She emerged a short time later. She served the food
that she had prepared. I think it was the most delicious meal that I
had had in weeks. We talked through the course of the meal. She
telling stories of her life with her husband and me telling her the
story of my journey here. Angelina was quite talkative too. I have to
say it warmed my heart to see her so full of life. I still remember
what she looked like just a short time ago. We prepared to retire for
the nigh. I crawled into an actual bed and fell fast asleep.
woke the next morning feeling refreshed and very excited. I was sure
that sometime today I would arrive at Angelia's home. Angelina was up
and fluttering around. She too it seemed to be just as excited. I
wondered around the tiny home. I saw no sign of the old woman, who
had been her the night before. I found a warm breakfast that had been
prepared and set out. There was a note set beside my plate. The note
"Thank you for your company and conversation last
night. It meant so much to me. I knew you would be anxious to start
your journey. I took the liberty of packing your pack for you. I
placed some changes of clothes, your old clothes, your maps, compass,
and some food for your journey. Do not worry about repaying me as
these were things that I now no longer need. You will need them on
you journey. The book upon your pack is a journal of sorts. You can
write your thoughts upon the blank pages, so you will never forget
this journey. I also securely attached all the notes you have
collected from the fairies. If you happen this way again, know this
my door will be opened to you. May you arrive at your destination
safely." The note was signed Agatha.
The tears welled up
in my eyes. I picked up the book. I leafed through it. I saw she had
taken great care in securing the precious letters to the book. I
found myself reading each one again. Then I noticed a letter which I
had not read before. I realized the fairies must have left it for me
last night. The note said;
"Agatha and I spoke last
night. She seems to think that you are truly a person who has a good
heart. It seems that Angelina has indeed chosen well. The map that
you have will only take you as far as the guardian's door. Angelina
knows the way for there. You will find there will be several other
along the trail that will be willing to help and assist you in the
I nodded. I placed the book into my pack and
cleared the breakfast dishes. I walked out of the little cottage. I
found my map and compass and shouldered my pack. I consulted my map
and compass. I noticed that I was in a large clearing. According to
the map once I had crossed the clearing I would find another forest
path. I started out across the clearing.
fluttering around. My heart was warmed by the sight of this and I was
filled with great joy. It did not take as long to cross the clearing.
Once we arrived at the forest, Angelina immediately dove into my
"Hey there little one. Are you ok?", I
asked. I could feel her fear and sheer terror.
"I do not like
this place at all." She said, "But, I know we have to go
through it in order to find my home."
little one. I will get us through this and everything will be ok."
I pulled the map out and consulted it. I found the path
that was indicated. I started down the path. A cold shiver ran down
my spine. "This truly is not a good place." I thought to
myself. I quickened my steps. I was mindful of all that was around
me. The forest was dark and quiet. I heard nor saw any signs of life.
The canopy of trees was so thick it just about choked out every ray
of light. I kept moving forward. I felt a sense of time running out,
but not having the sun to tell me the time of day I was beginning to
panic. I stopped briefly to check the map and compass. I noticed
there were no symbols close to where we were. I felt a sense of loss.
It seems that they too were a sense of comfort.
I replace the
map and continued on down the path. Finally, I arrived at a clearing.
This clearing was filled with large brightly colored mushrooms. I
moved into the center of them. The spot where the light was the
brightest. I sat down upon one of them. Angelina poked her head out
of my pocket and looked around. She then flew out of my pocket and
began to dance around on them. I set about preparing the noontime
meal. We finished our lunch and gathered everything together. I
consulted the maps and compass. I knew that I would have to cross
this field of mushrooms. I got up and started across the field. I had
once again arrived at the forest's edge. Once again, Angelina dove
into my pocket. I now understood her fear I mustard up my courage and
started into the forest.
This side was darker than the other
side. The light rays where this frequent. I hurried my steps. My
heart was racing and my breath came hard and fast. Suddenly, I was
clear of the forest and beheld a magnificent sight. I had arrived on
top of a ridge that overlooked a beautiful and vibrant village. I was
in total awe.
Angelina peeked out of my pocket. She flew
across the field and started buzzing around an old man. I rushed over
just in time to catch the old man before he fell. "Thank you,
kind sir." he said "Angelina was just overly excited to see
me and I total was lost in my own thoughts. She simply caught me off
Angelina started talking to the old man about her
journey. The old man had to tell her several time to slow down. I
knew then that they had been friends for awhile. I let them chat
among themselves while I checked the map. I noticed I had arrived at
the end of the map. But somehow, I knew it was not the end of the
journey. The old man turned to me and said, "Do me a favor
friend, please taker her home to her family. I lover her like a
sister, but it will be dark soon and it would be safer in her home
then out her."
I nodded and walked over to Angelina. I
caught her and held her firmly. "It is time to go home now. The
map I have does not show me where to go next. So I have to count on
She nodded, "No worries, I'll show you." She
flew off ahead of me.
The old man grabbed my arm and said, "I
will travel with you as far as I can, for I too must be getting home
as well. My home is on the way."
Me and the old man
walked side by side across the field toward a pass that had been
craved into the mountain. We talked about my journey and he talked
about his wife and children. All the while Angelina was happily
flying ahead of us. I know not how long, but it seemed to be not long
enough. We arrived in a clearing. The old man stopped in the middle
of the clearing.
"I must go this way," he pointed in
a direction to the west, "you must go in there," and he
pointed to an opening in the mountain, "It was a pleasure
talking with you and thank you for walking with me to this
"I enjoyed the company as well." I
Angelina was fluttering impatiently by the opening of
the cave. I walked over to her and motioned for her to show me the
way. We walked in to the cave. There was a light shining in from an
opening in the ceiling and there appeared to be a path leading
downwards toward another opening. I followed Angelina and the path
and I was just about to the other opening when I heard a noise coming
out of the shadows. I stopped where I was and looked around. There
was a huge dragon walking slowly out of the shadows. I was
momentarily frozen in fright, gut Angelina dart right over to that
dragon. I was absolutely horrified.
Then I saw that she was
kissing him on his head and messing with his scales.
slowly over to the dragon. When I got closer the dragon spoke to me.
"You must be Cara. I have heard many wonderful things about you.
Welcome to our forest, enjoy your stay. You are free to leave
whenever you wish. If you wish to at all."
I was stunned for
a moment. "Thank you." That was all I could say.
came over and gently tugged on my ear and pointed to the opening. I
nodded my head and followed her out of the opening. I know find
myself in the midst of the same village that i had seen from the
ridge above. A older fairy came up to me. "I am Angelina's
father. As i promised, I will now give you your reward. Please follow
I followed the tiny fairy through the village. We
came to a cottage. This cottage appeared to have been recently built.
"Open the door Cara. Angelina exclaimed in excited voice."
I did what she asked. I walked inside the cottage. I noticed there
were no personal effects anywhere. The only thing was the furniture.
"This is all yours." said Angelina. I stood there in a
state of shock.
"This is way to much." I said.
old fairy came up to me and said, "This is the forest that you
have searched for all your life. This has been your dream. It was you
who called to Angelina to come find you. Angelina did find you and
together you have made it back here. This will be your new home. You
can stay as long as you want. You can leave when you want. Take your
time and look around. You have many gifts that you can use to help
all of us. It is not important how we know these things about you but
know this we know."
I could say little else. I had no
response to him. I did thank him and and set out to discover this new
place. The more I discovered. There more I realized I know was home.