Tulip sat beside Breeze. Her legs were swinging back and forth as she sat on a wide smooth branch.
“What is it with you and trees?” She scrunched up her nose against the strong sunlight as she stared up at him.
“I like trees. That is it.” he said with a dreamy smile.
“But…why?” She asked him.
He considered his answer for a while. “I suppose all of my family liked trees. My grandfather grew his own apple trees, the orchard is over there.” Breeze waved his right arm in the direction of Treacle Wood, many miles away.
“My dad loved to weave baskets from willow and he adored willow trees because he could sit in the shade and work all day long.”
Tulip said, “so trees have been a thing in your family for years.”
“Yes.” Breeze said. “Have you any more questions before I take a nap.”
“Just one. Why this tree?” She looked about them, there were many other giant trees in the wood but Breeze always went to this one.
“Because I grew it.”
His answer surprised her. “You grew it?” She looked at him closely. She could not imagine him planting anything. She tried to picture it.
“You can’t be that old.”
“For an ogre I am not. But I am still many years older than this tree.” He smiled then said, “I remember the day I planted it. I was mad at Mrs. Groundsel. She called me a lazy young ogre who couldn’t be bothered to do anything.” Breeze yawned. “So I decided to show her I could do something. I planted the seed. I came back every day to water and talk to it. Trees like company. It became like a …” He tapped his head with his fingers searching for a word.
“Hobby?” Tulip suggested.
“Pet.” Breeze said. “I grew fond of it and that was that.”
“That was that.” Tulip repeated. “Did you plant many more?”
Breeze nodded his head. “Loads, there was only five trees here when I started, now look.”
Tulip looked at the many hundreds of trees.
“You really are a s ..” she began.
“Strange ogre?” Breeze said.
“Surprising ogre. I think you deserve a blueberry muffin after all that work. I will bring it by later.” She flew away and left Breeze to have a nap.