Sparkle and I continued our walk to the far side of the yard, where the large shade tree sits.
"Ohhh, dis beez a specialmost tree!"
Now, I had always liked this great big tree with its branches that filled the entire back corner of the yard, but I was curious to know what she found so special about it.
"Look, right dere. It haz a heart. Only specialmost trees have heartses."
I am ashamed to admit that I never once had noticed that heart. She was right, there must be something truly special about this tree.
Sparkle and I were happily admiring the tree's heart when we heard a sound (okay, she heard the sound first. I am the "slow guardian" here, after all).
It was a very small sound, but it was so very sad.
"It beez comings from de udder side of de tree."
I'm sure you can only imagine my surprise when I discovered the cause of the sound.
Huddled up against the Heart Tree, was a tiny little faerie.
The poor little thing was crying.
I didn't wish to frighten her, so I very slowly bent down and asked her what was wrong.
"I waz on me way to a newmost home....a specialmost home for meez to live, but I got losted. And nows I's all alone."
I thought perhaps we could help her, and was just asking her where her new home was, when Sparkle rolled her eyes at me and let out a huge sigh.
Apparently, I am exasperatingly slow.
"She waz coming to liveses with US."
I was pretty shocked by this news. Sparkle had told me before she was to be an "only fae." I asked her if she was ok with having another little faerie around the house.
"When a faerie beez called specialmost to a home, not even I'Z can stopses it. She just belongsmost with us."
That seemed good enough to me. Besides, who am I to argue with fae logic?
I asked our new little friend if she had a name.
"I beez Glimmer."
(Bonus Baby Shot:)