Sunlight beaming through the glass-pane windows enlightened the saturated greenhouse. Walking from the cottage into the backyard, I observed the rays of sunlight illuminating the greenery in the glass house. A sense of peace settled into my mind as I picked up my gardening supplies, ready to get to work. My bare feet slid through the tall, green grass on the ground. I always walk barefoot in the backyard, I read somewhere that it makes you feel connected to the Earth. With each step, my heart was flowering with overwhelming joy. 

I opened the greenhouse doors and inhaled the fresh garden smell through my nose. Tall green palm leaves hovered over me, and the blooming roses I planted last March sprung up to the sunlight. I walked through the greenhouse, observing the health and condition of my plants, when I saw something that surprised me. A small wing, the size of a human pinkie, lay in the dirt in front of the lavender. It was white, and as I picked it up an overwhelming feeling of shock came over me. I held it to the sunlight and it glistened blue, almost appearing holographic. I recall reading about this in a novel; however, I can’t remember which one. This couldn’t be a butterfly wing, or a moth wing. Was it a leaf? Could it be a fairy wing?

A wave of sadness came over me. Whatever creature this was lost its wing and is unable to fly now. I felt a tear roll down my cheek. I set down my gardening supplies and walked back into my cottage. As I opened the door, the smell of strawberries and cream filled my nose. The strawberry bread I baked in the oven waited for me as a treat after I finished my gardening. I walked over to my workshop, where I picked up a small piece of cloth and a wooden box. My cat, Strawberry, crawled next to my leg and purred. She always reminds me that everything will be alright. I gave her a kiss on the head and went back outside to the greenhouse. 

I gently picked up the wing and placed it into the box. I looked around the greenhouse, on top of plants and under leaves, to see if I could find the creature that lost its wing. After about 30 minutes, I lifted up a batch of rose bush leaves and found the creature. My heart stopped, it was a fairy-like creature indeed! It had legs, arms, and a head with big doe-like eyes. I was shocked and amazed at the same time while observing nature’s beauty. It was my duty to protect her, since she made her way into my greenhouse. I softly picked her up and placed her in the box, and I took her inside to reattach her wing. Afterwards I would let her go, and thank nature for her time.

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Gasia Karakesis

Gasia Karakesis, junior, is on the OLu swim team and swims year-round. She loves to draw, listen to music, and read. Her favorite book is Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck.