fought her way out of the silken cocoon which she had survived in
through the cold, bitter winter months. She used her razor sharp
teeth to bite her way out of the sticky white shield. This had
been her birth chamber and now if she did not labor quickly it
would become her death trap. As Alexandra emerged from her cocoon
warm bright sunlight came to rest on her delicate frame. Her hair
and wings which were still moist quickly dried as the warmth and
sun pulled the dampness up into the spring air. She stood on the
dried up rosebud just below her now abandoned shelter. Alexandra
stretched and smiled. Her long flowing rainbow colored hair swung
freely behind her and from time to time made contact with her
wings. A soft light radiated from her pale white skin and she
cautiously started to work her translucent multicolored wings to
dry them completely. Above the tiny moth maiden hovered her
overseer and guardian.
the giant moth exclaimed, "good I see you escaped your cocoon.
Well done little princess and welcome!"
Alexandra nodded her head at her companion and
took a deep breath of air into her lungs. She rotated around on
the shriveled up flower she was standing on and
"Hello," she chirped sweetly to the moth, "are
you the one who will teach me what I need to know."
child I am," the moth buzzed back, "I am your guardian and my
name is Cleome."
so glad to meet you," Alexandra replied taking in her
Alexandra scanned the area around her taking
note of the greenery that was just coming to life. A few early
spring flowers adorned an area nearby and with childlike
curiosity her mind reeled from all the images. A gentle breeze
caused her dress to stir and caused her skin to tingle. The
sights and sensations made Alexandra slightly
all well?" Cleome asked as she had seen Alexandra stagger
she answered in an uncertain tone, "I think so."
climb on my back," her guardian offered, "we have much to
feeling out of sorts Alexandra did as she was instructed and
climbed onto Cleome's back. The two were soon airborne. Alexandra
watched as her overseer flew across this new world into which she
had arrived. Everything was just so beautiful. Trees and shrubs
were in bloom and tiny blades of grass were emerging. Alexandra
spied a flock of birds below and shivered audibly. Her tiny hand
instinctively tightened its grip.
"Ouch!" Cleome exclaimed in pain, "Goodness
child must you pinch me?"
"Sorry," Alexandra said loosening her hold a
bit, "those creatures below us look so formidable."
must never go near them dear," Cleome replied with a hint of fear
in her voice, "they are birds and they will have you for supper
if given half a chance. I had a brother once and a blackbird
caught him off guard. Needless to say the filthy animal swallowed
my poor dear brother whole."
my," Alexandra exclaimed, "I am so sorry that must have been
was." her overseer answered, "Take care you are not a victim of
the loathsome things."
Alexandra watched in awe as they flew across a
thick forest. She spied tiny people in and among the trees. They
were strange little creatures. Alexandra noticed they were about
the same size as she was and they too could fly, but their wings
were different from her own large colorful wings. Their dress was
odd as well they did not have on the colorful clothing which
adorned her slender form.
people there below," she asked Cleome, "they are not as I
Cleome chortled, "those are fairy folk. We have nothing to do
with them. Years ago we lived among them but our descendants soon
grew tired of their mischievous ways and broke away from them. We
have little or no contact with them. It is forbidden to speak to
them or seek out their companionship."
see," Alexandra answered.
had flown for only a short distance when they came upon a tree of
some sort which had the most exquisite pink blossoms. Bees flew
in and around the tree collecting the treasure contained in each
of the flowers. Cleome gently landed on a limb at the top of the
tree. Others such as herself flew in and out of a hole in the
uppermost part of the tree's trunk. Alexandra watched in wonder
as the tiny figures seemed to be extracting nectar from the
flowers and then taking it into the tree's interior. Alexandra
stood next to Cleome and began to flutter her wings slowly then
faster until she too was flying freely in the air.
Ha!" Alexandra called excitedly, "I can fly!"
let out a joyful chuckle and then becoming airborne as well
leading her tiny charge into the kingdom of