Annie, Rose, and Theo were explorers, and they were on a special adventure in a dense forest. As they walked along, they saw a man sitting on a fallen tree. He had a blue bird on his shoulder that moved in the breeze, and his beard was full of critters!
YUCK! It made Rose feel a bit squirmy.
“I’ve been waiting for you,” the man said with a twinkle in his eye. He looked old, but his voice sounded young.
“Did the Organization call you?” Annie asked, sounding like she knew something important.
The man laughed a little. “Nope, I heard you all coming. You were making quite a ruckus in the woods. The birds told me!” He smiled, and some birds nearby chirped happily.
Then, the man stood up and started walking. “Are you coming?” he asked, looking back at them.
Annie, Rose, and Theo followed him, and after a while, they found something amazing. At first, it looked like a hole in the ground, but when they looked closely, it was like a doorway to another world! Animals were everywhere, rabbits, squirrels, and even birds.
“Wow!” Rose gasped as she looked around, her eyes wide with wonder.
The man showed them to a table covered with delicious food. There were fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, and yummy things from the forest. Everything looked so tasty, and the best part was that no animals were hurt to make the food. It was a magical feast!
As they ate, they didn’t talk much, but then Rose couldn’t keep her curiosity in check any longer. “So, why are we here?” she asked the man.
He smiled kindly. “I’m here because of a prophecy, my dear.”
Rose used her insight to gleaned the words, “When the serpent leads the lamb astray…”
The man finished the prophecy in a hushed tone. “The Drogan will emerge.”
“You mean dragon?” Theo asked
“No, ‘Drogan'” the woodsman said again.
Rose’s brow furrowed, grappling with the meaningless words.
Theo looked a bit puzzled too, but he was more interested in the cool staff the man had in the corner of the room. “What’s that staff for?” he asked.
The man chuckled. “That staff helps us do something special. We can shift to a different place, but in the same time. It’s like magic!”
Annie nodded, her eyes focused. “A phase shift,” she said with a knowing smile.
Theo scratched his head, a bit confused. “Phase shift? What’s that?”
The man patted Theo’s shoulder. “It’s like changing where we are without really moving. Imagine dipping your finger in water and feeling its temperature – it’s like that, but with where we are. Same place, difference space.”
Annie seemed a bit skeptical, but she knew they had no other choice.
The druid smiled and asked them to follow him into a small hallway. He had a voice like the wind in the trees. The friends were puzzled but decided to do as he said. They walked around a corner and into a small room.
But then, the druid remembered something important and walked back the way they came, saying he would be back in a moment and closed the door behind him. The three friends waited in the small room for what felt like a very long time. It got hot in there because they were so close together.
Suddenly, the door opened, and they were surprised. When they looked outside, they saw that everything had changed. The table that had been full of food was now empty and covered in spiderwebs and dust, like no one had been there for a long, long time.
The druid was gone, and the forest outside was different. The colorful leaves and lively animals they had seen before were gone. The forest looked dull and boring.
“Are we back?” Annie asked after a moment.
“You’ll see,” Annie said as she led them out of the forest.
They followed the path that had brought them to the druid, and it took them out of the forest. But what they found outside was amazing. Instead of colorful flowers, there was a large monastery where Monks in robes were taking care of beautiful gardens, and everything looked peaceful and special.
The place was more beautiful than they could imagine, showing what people can do when they take care of things very carefully. Annie, Rose, and Theo had discovered a magical world where the forest led to a place of happiness and calm.