When the sun lowered in the
sky and twilight cast its darkening shadows across the land, the
elves come out to play. Indigo and his brother, Alfonzo, lived
inside a tulip. During the day, when the sun shone down on the
meadow, they stayed inside the flower, huddled into a ball and
slept, using the petals for a blanket. But when the sun went down,
the elves sprung from the tulip and flew around the meadow.
Whenever Indigo and Alfonzo
flew, lime green and bright pink sparkles popped around them. Often
they would have competitions with the fireflies and glow worms. By
the light of the moon, the two elves tied cow's tails into knots,
twisted pig's ears and pulled clumps of wool from the sheep's back.
They were mischievous elves.
One evening, as the elves were
hiding in a ring of mushrooms, a small girl dropped a jar on top
of them, capturing both inside. She scooped them up and put a lid
on. "I've got some fireflies, Mummy. I've got two big ones." The
little girl ran to show her mum.
"Lucy, those are strange
looking fireflies. It almost looks like they are wearing clothes,"
her mum said.
"Mummy! Don't be so silly. I'm
going to take them home and put the jar on my drawers and watch them
until I fall asleep." She skipped home with her mum.
Indigo and Alfonzo flew around
inside the jar, trying to escape. After a few minutes they were
exhausted and sat in the middle of the jar trying to decide what
they should do next. As the girl ran the two elves bounced up and
down and hit the sides of the jar until they were bruised. A sigh of
relief escaped their tiny mouths when the girl put the jar on her
drawers and turned off her light.
They stayed in the jar all
night long, staring out at the moonlight and wishing they were
free. When morning came around the bright sun replaced the moon.
"Lucy, I think you should let
those fireflies go. They don't look like they are feeling well."
"But, Mummy, I like them."
Lucy looked at the elves. "They don't look very happy. I'll let them
go." Lucy carried the jar outside and dumped the two elves on the
grass. "There you go, little fireflies. Fly away."
Indigo and Alfonzo flew off
into the tree. "You know what, Indigo? I think the sun feels nice
and warm. I say we stay out here for an hour or two and enjoy it."
The two elves sat on the
branch of an oak tree. Indigo swung back and forth among the
butterflies and dragonflies as Alfonzo took a morning nap. After the
sun rose higher in the sky it became too warm for them, so they flew
down to the tulip and fell asleep.
As evening appeared and they
woke up, they were careful to stay away from little girls named