Kingfisher Days

By Susan Coyne

One summer season, in a hedge close to her family’s cottage in Kenora, five-year-old Susan Coyne stumbled on an overgrown stone fire. Her father acknowledged it used to be the house of Uncle Joe Spondoolak, an elf who’d moved in after the cottage had burned down in the past. Susan, a whimsical baby, determined to turn into keeper of the fireside, tidying it up and leaving little presents for the elves: handfuls of untamed strawberries, daisy chains, and a tiny birchbark canoe. in a single day the presents may disappear. One morning, there has been a tiny piece of rigorously folded red paper wedged in among the mossy stones: To Helen Susan Cameron Coyne: Greetings Her Majesty, Queen Mab, has prompt me to thanks for creating a domestic for all her humans. therefore begun Susan’s correspondence with a precocious younger fairy princess, Nootsie Tah, and her indoctrination into the area of the good and little humans. The letters from Nootsie Tah persevered, and that summer season Susan constructed particular relationships: one with a proud princess from a paranormal land, and the opposite with a steady gardener with countless knowledge and persistence. those might maintain her all through her existence.

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I'll pass over YOUR LETTERS. PLEASE WRITE ME subsequent 12 months if you happen to CAN. LOVE, SUSAN COYNE the following day’s letter used to be written on white paper, rather than the standard purple. Oberon’s Palace New Moon + four expensive Susan, It supplies me this kind of cozy feeling to understand that you just imagine i'm very attractive. Now i don't need to faux. It was once a bit of foolish to exploit crimson paper to put in writing my letters on and to begin all my letters with “Greetings. ” perhaps I must have used in basic terms fifty fireflies while I went to Blueberry Mountain. i've got determined to return to my very own easy inca dress and never put on outfits simply to get consciousness. it'd be great to aim moonbeams and seersucker as soon as, notwithstanding. I by no means had a mom to assist me choose my outfits. The palace is a bit quieter. The fort puppy chased the cat for 3 days. a person can stand days of cat and puppy operating via a home, breaking dishes and scary furnishings, yet Queen Mab and King oberon are overhasty, and also you may well inform at breakfast the best way the king checked out the queen that she must cope with it. So she waved her wand and grew to become the puppy right into a china puppy and the cat right into a calico cat, and placed them up at the mantel. She forgot to show off the sound (or perhaps Aguecheek did anything to the wand); besides, they're nonetheless conversing crossly to each other. thanks, Susan, to your pleasant letter. in actual fact, Nootsie Tah It used to be quiet at the lake, too. there have been only a few boats to be noticeable. lots of the cottagers had boarded up their boathouses and cottages and pulled the boats up out of the water. The clouds within the sky have been very excessive and intensely white. King Oberon’s Palace New Moon + five pricey Susan, It occurred in order to Blueberry Mountain, the place i used to be taking a silver pitcher. You do not forget that whereas most folks are enduring dog-days, we had 3 dog-and-cat days. This pitcher was once damaged at the 3rd day and that i used to be going to the dwarfs to get it mended. It was once an ideal summer time day; this made me examine the halcyon days in iciness whilst no wind blows; this made me want that I have been a halcyon, a kingfisher. i wished halcyon days for you this iciness, so I stated the magic phrases. One minute i used to be Nootsie Tah, the subsequent minute i used to be Ceryle Alcyon, with a coarse crest and a slaty blue again. whereas i used to be sitting on a lifeless department anticipating minnows, I heard anyone calling: “Nootsie Tah! Ceryle Alcyon! ” and the echo got here again from the swamp “Alcyon! ” It was once Ariel. while the birds heard this whisper of an echo they got here out of the swamp and accrued around my tree to hear. “Nootsie Tah, Susan says she loves you. Love is more advantageous than all of Queen Mab’s spells. the adaptation among the fairies and the angels is love. God is love. ” And the entire birds bowed their heads. “For a time, the spell that retains you here's lifted. ” i used to be so anxious that I turned Nootsie Tah back. there has been a damaged silver pitcher in my hand, and that i used to be to be able to Blueberry Mountain. was once it a dream, Susan? Nootsie Tah P. S. I want i'll write my very own letters, as you do.

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