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As the stars began to appear, the girl tiptoed out of her home and into the night. It was a still night and nothing seemed to be alive except for the cold breeze that stung her skin and caused her to shiver. Not even the moon had decided to light her way and she was soon stumbling blindly through the forest. After many hours of searching she began to believe that the eldest cub had been lying and that the owl didn’t exist. She collapsed against a tree and soon fell asleep. The next day, birds awoke her.
Her hair was full of leaves and her face smeared with mud. Not far off, a squirrel scurried away and an owl hooted, causing her to jump up.
The wise owl was perched in a clearing, surrounded by different creatures with different questions. As the girl entered the clearing, the owl looked up and smiled.
‘What is your tale? Please share it with me. Then I can answer your question,’ he hooted.
She shuffled towards him, her gaze focused on her bare feet.
‘‘My story is about a child. No one knows who she is or where she is or anything about her. She went missing so many years ago. She is here. Since she stole from a most sacred place, they have all been after her. The best hiding place is this forest. Perhaps that tree over there is a good place to sleep for two and a half months and wake up to a new life of comfort and joy. That girl had forgotten everything and only remembered today.
My question please.’’
“Oliana is the bear that gave you a home, oliana is the tree that sheltered you, oliana is all that stands for helping you. Also, oliana is your sur-name.”
The girl left that clearing knowing who she was and where she was heading.
My next blog post will include this character.