LA BÉNÉDICTION DE LA LICORNE
(THE UNICORN’S BLESSING)
am Giselle, the fourth daughter of my father Vaux le seigneur de la guerre (the warlord). I am seven years old. I hear my sisters playing with the boys in the forest. I take a path toward them that leads me through the meadow.
The grass in the meadow is as high as my waist as I wade across. A multitude of grasshoppers, moths, and butterflies arise to greet me and they alight upon my rough tunic like jewels. The tall grasses wear helmets of golden spikes and the multitude of them bows to me in waves. They are my Armée de la Prairie (Army of the Meadow). I am the Warlord Queen. I nod to my loyal army.
Then I see two kittens in a nest of grass, a back one and a white one. They…
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