Looking for Adventure

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Christine wants to know the world but she's only nine and when she leaves alone in search of adventure nothing good happens.

Submitted: January 23, 2015

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In the countryside there is a tiny enchanting cottage surrounded by huge green marvellous trees giving shelter  in Winter and by gorgeous flowers brightening it up with their flickering colours in Summer and Spring.
In Autumn nature changes the colour of leaves  in  many different shades and then slowly they fall from branches. When there is  wind leaves  spin round fast and then they pile up according to its direction.
Behind the windows watching  leaves dancing in the air or the snow falling and creating white laces on the branches of trees or the splendid and lush colours in Spring and Summer there's Christine, a little girl with big brown eyes and dark curls.
Spring is the season she prefers: colours are bright, birds come back, animals wake up from their long winter sleep, and days get longer.
She shares that alluring  and magical place with her father and her faithful friend Nosey. She named her long-haired and sweet eyed dog Nosey because he's really curious, always poking around everywhere. Playful and cuddly, he never leaves her alone.Her trusty and loving mate Nosey is wherever his little mistress is.
Christine's father is a lumberjack often working in a near wood. He takes care of  trees and animals. When he sees a sick tree he cuts it and sells the wood and if he finds an injured animal he takes care of it in a small room of his cottage till it is well again.
All the place shows love and harmony. Their life's serene and happy.
However with years passing by the curly baby girl begins to wonder about the world beyond their trees.
More and more often she asks her father: "Dad, surely you know the world beyond our lawn, what's it like? Can you describe me the trees,  the flowers, the birds, the animals? What about the other houses? and the other children?"
When he comes back from work Christine asks him the same question and her father gives her the same answer: "My sweetie, the world beyond is like ours and on the other side of the lawn trees, flowers, birds and animals aren't different. There are places with a lot of houses and places with few houses and children are as marvellous sweet and lovable as you are ".
"Will you let me know  those places and  those children, Dad?" She asks eagerly and her father replies quietly:
"Not now, my sweetie. You 're only eight, it is too early. You are loved here, there's me and there's your dog, you're safe. The wood is not always a nice place to go into, you can get lost there,  animals are not as good as Nosey and people you can meet there aren't always lovable. "
After dinner, when she is in her nice warm bed he reads  fables of enchantments, wizards, fairies,  Kings, Princes and Princesses until Christine falls asleep.
Every morning he prepares breakfast for himself, for her daughter and their dog and after giving the custody of his sweetie to the faithful  Nosey he leaves for the wood.
Christine is happy in her cosy cottage, but her desire to know the world is getting bigger and bigger. One day she makes up her mind: she's old enough, she's nine and she's in possess of many coloured ribbons she'd been collecting for months. As a matter of fact she's  rather proud of herself for the idea of ribbons she wants to tie to the branches not to get lost and to make her walks easy.
It's Spring when she decides to explore the world beyond her lawn. On the set day, just after her father has left for work, she takes a lunch bag, the ribbons, and together with her affectionate dog, at last she leaves in search of adventure.
Christine walks looking around herself curious and astonished. The trees are huge and she sees  animals and  flowers  never seen before. The little girl never forgets to tie a ribbon to the branches of trees at every crossroad and at each change of path to be sure to find her way back home.
What adventure she's living! How marvellous is the day! How exciting!
When the Sun is high up in the sky she begins to feel hungry so she  sits on a large rock and eats her lunch sharing it with her hairy friend. After eating she hurries up home. She wants to be at home before her Daddy because she knows he would be upset to know that his little girl is alone so far away from him.
"What was your day like, sweetie?" Daddy asks  when he returns from work. "The usual things: I played with Nosey, I took care of flowers, I swept the leaves, all the things I always do", she answers.
That evening, however, while she's answering she can't look into his eyes. It is the first time she lies to her dear father. She feels so guilty but  she wants to go to the wood again and knows her Daddy's ideas too well to tell the truth.
The next morning Christine is on the road again. She chooses other paths, not forgetting to tie her  coloured ribbons to the low branches  and lives a new adventure. After her fast lunch she runs home.
"How was your day like sweetie?" asks the father when he returns from work.
"The usual things: I played with Nosey, I took care of flowers, I swept the leaves, all the things I always do", she answers.
Once again she can't look into his eyes.
The same scene occurs the following days as the little but determined girl doesn't want to give up, her adventures are more and more amazing and she doesn't want to lose them, she likes her found freedom too much.
Then on the fifth day she realizes there are no more ribbons as she had used  them all, but she doesn't think it's a problem:
"I know the wood now, and the ribbons I used the past days will indicate my way back".
She prepares her packed lunch and  starts another surprising day with her inseparable Nosey .
She decides to take a known path because there are already preceding days' colourful ribbons. While walking  all of a sudden she can see something flickering in the distance, a twinkling of dazzling lights and colours  never seen before.
Interested and curious, Christine begins to run and then suddenly stops stunned by the beauty of what is before her, it's such a  gorgeous and ravishing scenery she even forgets to breathe: in front of her there's  a beautiful and lush green meadow bordering far away in the distance an upside-down deep blue sky. Right there, under a cluster of  trees, there is a huge crowd of golden daffodils dancing and swaying in the wind. Over this sea of daffodils that dangle their heads in a merry dance, the little girl sees an extensive expanse of blue water glittering in the sun never seen before.
While walking in these incessant rows of daffodils in front of that blue  upside down sky Christine has the sensation to walk in heaven among the shining stars inviting her to dance with them. It's like  to be in the storybook Daddy reads for her at night and that tells of enchantments, wizards,  Kings and fairies. The girl plays with flowers and reaches the  water but she doesn't dare to touch it because she doesn't know what it is and even her friend seems scared.
Suddenly she remembers Daddy , she wants to show him those wonderful dicoveries and turns  to go home immediately to tell him everything. She looks for her coloured ribbons, but as far as she can see there're only  daffodils around and far away a black spot, the wood.
She runs to the trees in search of her ribbons. She  enters a path, leaving behind the place of fairies, Princes and Princesses hoping to find them.
Nosey looks  at her with his big good eyes. He feels scared without knowing  why, but he'd like to reassure her she's not alone, he is with her as always ready to protect his little mistress against everybody and everything.
Christine keeps on walking but now she's really frightened as she's realizing to be definitely lost.
Meanwhile, it is getting darker and darker. The trees are now gloomy and threatening giants and she can hear  dangerous howls and hisses. Christinefeels smaller  and smaller and tightens more and more to his faithful dog which seems big and menacing with his hair bristled as if ready to fight.
Christine thinks of Dad  at home now deadly worried looking for his sweetie.  She thinks of their lovely chatting over dinner, of her room and comfortable bed and the loving moments when her father reads fairy tales for her.How hard she misses them!
Christine begins to cry, it's pitch-black, she can't see anything, she can only hear terrorizing noises.
She's tired and hungry, she 's afraid to stop and  to go forward. She's only a small child. Her sobs do not stop. She grasps her dog's neck and calls her father as if he could hear her: "Daddy, Daddy, I'm  so awfully sorry to have disobeyed. I'm so scared, please help me Daddy. I won't do it again, you must be upset and devastated because of my foolishness.  "
As an answer to her prayers here's her father's loved voice from the dark: "here I am Christine, don't be afraid. I'm here with you, it's time to go home".
"Daddy, it's impossible, how can you be here? Oh, I'm so happy to see you and I'm so sorry to have disobeyed ". Christine clings to his father kissing him, without leaving his safe and comforting arms.
While returning home her father tells that he knew everything. She hadn't deceived him.  When she thought him at work he was hidden to check what she was doing. He had followed her from afar, he had seen the ribbons  and observed everything she had done.
He had seen her playing with the daffodils and running with the birds. He had trembled seeing her near the lake and breathed with relief when she hadn't gone too close to it. He had followed her throughout the day. When at dark he had realized his sweetie was really scared he had come to her rescue.
" Do you really think I was so blind not to notice what you were doing, sweetie? You are loved and this is your best adventure. When you grow up you'll come with me to the wood and you will live your adventures with me, safely. You'll play among the daffodils  and then we will sail on the sparkling waves of that blue lake.  You'll discover  the world. You won't need  any ribbons and you will not be afraid of anything as long as you're with me. Don't grow too fast sweetie,we'll  have time to live marvellous  adventures together, I promise! "
Christine falls asleep  in Daddy's safe arms, cradled by the gentle sound of his voice and realizes her enchanted place is where Daddy is and the person who holds her in his arms is her King and she's his Princess.
She doesn't need any more for the moment, adventures can wait.

 

 


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