“COME, THIS WAY,” SHE CALLED, “AND WE’LL HAVE AN ADVENTURE.”
They knew her as Dream Girl, Child of Awe.
She lived in the fields just outside town. Gardens surrounded her home, and beyond that a wall with a great door. You could find her balancing atop the wall and listening. Her bare feet felt for familiar stones, ruddy cheeks turned toward the sky.
“Feel how soft the wind is,” she’d say, “And how perfect the dog that barks in the meadow.”
By night, she lounged on her roof, braiding long blades of grass in the moonlight.
Gatherer, they called her. They recognized the creaking of her metal pail as she roamed the village.
She began early, collecting broken things and sticky things, golden, watery, and salty things. There was nothing she didn’t inspect with both eyes and both hands. In it all, she saw the seeds of a story so sweet.
She carried her pail to the brook and rinsed her treasures in the chattering water. One by one, she’d bless them. “You shall grow into something beautiful, I think.”
With delicate earnestness, she delivered everything to her garden.
They called her Farmer of Light, Shepard of Hearts. They knew her by the lute slung across her back.
Standing over the garden, she cast pillows of sound. Light as the fairyfly, rich as chocolate, vibrant as autumn, her music drifted over the sleeping seeds in radiant rose and turquoise light. She sighed as the air around her dropped its heaviness.
Her garden seemed a miracle, otherworldly but deeply familiar. And if you listened closely, you could hear the seeds whisper their story.
She could stay like that forever, resting in this place of comfort and beauty. But life keeps on moving, and she would soon be drawn beyond the gate again.
An Official Bio. (Choose Which You Like Best)
Ivy Junetree is an author and illustrator for children (and the young at heart). She writes about places where we are wild still, where our hearts are brave, our minds free, and our feet search for a trail to lead us to the wonder in the world. With tales of magic and adventure, she hopes to spark imagination and wonder for the world. Above all else, she believes there’s a hero in everyone, big and small, that every heart knows its own way, and that our stories can change the world.