SPRING FLING 2024 CONTEST

 



FLORA’S LANTERN 

One early spring in Scotland, when snow surprised the garden, Flora’s lantern fizzled out.

“Dearie me,” said Flora. “I’ve no way to wake the flowers.”

Beetle shells glimmered and snail trails shimmered, yet nothing shed enough light...until Flora spotted a bug.   

“Hello, there. Sorry to bother, but would you be able to help with me lantern?”

“Lassie, I’m but a wee thing—me flashing won’t be bright ‘til summer. Tho’ I will give it a try.”

The firefly flew to the lantern.

It turned on its light: blink-blink.       

“I haven’t much of a glow.”    

“Wee One, yer stronger than you think.”    

Flora cheered him on with tunes about blooms and the bug bopped to the sound of her voice. As it danced, it beamed.    

BLINK-BLINK. 

BLINK-BLINK.   

BLINK-BLINK. 

Wee One and Flora warmed up the garden with bug-light and flower-song.

Petals unfurled. Flowers stretched and yawned…and their snowy dreams melted away. 













3 comments:

@cld2cents said...

This is lovely. Good luck.

Wanderer said...

Such a lovely, gentle story.

Mary Zychowicz said...

Beautiful gif and equally beautiful story. Good luck.