And… I’ve made it to the last forest! Mumzie pulled her notebook from her satchel and checked off the last item on the list just inside the front cover. She tucked a lock of her short brown hair behind her ear and put the notebook away, keeping it close to the top of the satchel so she could get to it quickly if she wanted to jot down any notes. After a few months of adventuring across the continent, she had finally reached the final forest on her list.
This one possessed an unusual beauty. The trees were grouped close together and stretched up proudly. Their bark was a purplish-gray, with silver highlights on the peaks of the craggy texture. The leaves were a deep teal, as were the delicate vines that hung down. Mumzie stepped into the cool shade eagerly, noting the way that the mossy forest floor cushioned her steps. As she began to weave between the trees, she heard a rustling sound off to her right.
She turned towards the source of the noise just as a small creature bounded out from the undergrowth. It was small, no larger than a common cat, and its fur was a glossy silver. It had a long, thin tail with a tuft of blue fur at the end. Small antlers the same hue of blue crowned its head. It stopped and sat back on its haunches when it noticed her presence, its head tilting to the side and whiskers twitching.
“Oh, hello there,” Mumzie said, offering a friendly smile. “What’s your name?”
The creature’s eyes widened slightly, since it wasn’t used to being spoken to. It wiggled its nose once before responding. “Well, I’m Cherry, of course!” Cherry’s voice was slightly squeaky and full of enthusiasm and friendliness. She skittered a little closer, deciding that Mumzie wasn’t a threat. “It’s been quite a long time since I’ve seen an elf this far east. What brings you all the way out here?”
“Well, I was looking for an adventure,” Mumzie replied.
“And did you find one?”
“I found a whole lot more than one.” Mumzie smiled, recalling all she had seen and experienced on her journey. “And in fact, I’m looking for some more.”
“Ooh!” Cherry squealed. “I like the way you think! Could I join you for your next one?”
“Of course!” Mumzie laughed, her blue eyes sparkling. “Everyone knows adventures are always better with a friend. And I was looking for someone to show me around this forest.”
Cherry hopped in place, her excitement too great to just stand still. “Oh goody! I’ve never been a guide… and for an elf, no less! This is going to be the best! Day! Ever!”
Mumzie chuckled to herself as she followed behind her energetic little guide. This would certainly be a fun adventure… and she was excited for whatever other adventures the future held.