The slight breeze as I opened the door caused her Earth coloured hair to waft about her face. She opened her cornflower blue eyes and stared a moment. Then smiled. “Ah, you’ve come to collect the plants for Queen Letitia, haven’t you?”
I nodded, awed to be in the presence of Gaia. She slowly stood up. She was huge, as you would expect an Earth goddess to be. She lumbered about her room, picking up and putting down various bundles of plants. I thought she must be shortsighted as she needed to peer at each container of plants. She muttered. “I know I put it here somewhere.” As I did not know what she was looking for, I couldn’t help at all. This was still the tail end of winter, the plants were not awake yet but not as deeply asleep as a few weeks ago. I looked about at the array of plants, some with just the tip of green showing through brown coverings, but there were others where leaves were already visible. I supposed they were snowdrops and ones like that.
Just then I heard her exclaim. “I’ve found them!” As she picked up a container made from what looked like banana leaves. She held them out to me. “Here take them Letitia knows what to do. Make sure you carry them carefully and don’t tarry, getting them to her Majesty.”
I took the warm bundle and bowed low. “Thank you, for this precious gift I’ll make haste to deliver it.”
She was sitting in her chair again. Her eyes drooped. Soon she would be asleep until the spring when she would awaken with her plants and we could enjoy her bounty once again.
© Felicity Edwards