A wise woman and her cat run into mysterious goings on in the woods.
Sybil decided to do her rounds and find out what was happening in her Deep Dark Woods. Actually, the woods weren’t either of those things, but it still made sense to check them out. She donned warm clothes for it was beginning to be cool of a morning.
“I can see my breath,” she told her companion, Pinkerton. The pink and grey tiger striped feline minced along at her heels.
The ground was rimed with frost and colorful leaves lined it.
“This is my favorite time of year,” she told the feline.
Then she smiled as heard the distant honking of geese.
But as Sybil got closer to the middle of the woods, it got warmer. Steam rose from the large pond that was forest’s center and there were bubbles in its water. The sun beat down so hard that everything drooped.
“This doesn’t make sense,” Pinkerton commented.
“It is autumn, right? Then why is it like the hottest days of summer here?”
“I sense a phenomenon not usually found around here,” Pinkerton said.
“I’m not sure. But it’s in the pond and its influence is being felt in an ever widening circle. Soon the whole woods will feel it,” panted Pinkerton.
Getting out her water flask, Sybil poured some into the cap for the suffering cat. The wise woman strode to the pond’s edge.
“Show yourself!” she shouted.
A dragon’s snout poked out of the water. Little by little it rose up. It was medium sized, so Sibyl grew bold.
“What do want, Dragon?”
“I got overheated. But I’m better and can leave. Except I think I’m lost.”
Sybil and Pinkerton told it which way to go when it said that it lived on a desert mountain far to the South, and soon it did.
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