around. It was still dark.
rattled. Pippa snuggled deeper under the duvet and clutched Tom the Cat tightly
to her chest.
She heard a strange “wheeeeee” sound.
it is a ghost?’ Pippa wondered and shivered.
she called and pulled the duvet over her head.
into the room rubbing her eyes. “What’s wrong Pippa? It’s
the middle of the night!”
for her in the light of the little night light. “Where are you?”
she asked sleepily.
from under the duvet. “I’m here!”
are you doing under the duvet?”
are you hiding from?” Mum asked.
ghost! Can’t you hear it? It goes ‘Wheeeeee’, and then it’s
quiet for a bit, before it starts again,” Pippa explained.
no ghost. It’s the wind,” Mum laughed.
is a ghost. I heard it.” Pippa shouted and lifted the duvet completely
off her face. “It’s far too scary tbe just the wind!”
the wind collecting all the most beautiful leaves for the Autumn Lady,”
Mum told her and sat down beside her.
is the Autumn Lady?” Pippa snuggled up to Mum.
Jack Frost who makes the winter come?” Mum asked.
is also the Spring Maid, the Summer King, and the Autumn Lady,” Mum
make the seasons come, don’t they?” Pippa laughed.
“Yes, the Spring Maid sings to the flowers to make them grow and calls
to the geese to bring spring.”
“And the Summer King rides the sun to make it hot everywhere?”
He rides the sun like a horse high up in the sky,” Mum agreed.
about the Autumn Lady?” Pippa reminded Mum.
Autumn Lady calls the winds to collect the leaves—”
told me that already. But what does she need them for?” Pippa interrupted.
the dress she wears at the Great Ball,” Mum explained.
whole dress is made of leaves?” Pippa wondered, and tried to imagine
it. “It must look very beautiful.”Mum smiled.
is the Great Ball?” Pippa asked. [..]
Sybille Sterk 2002, 2003
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