Daisy-lyah and Lisbeth were playing. They saw a quivering mess of colours on the grass. They crept close.
“Its a ball with the air escaping” Lisbeth stated.
“No, its not cos it is a animal in trouble. We should do something, but what?”
Daisy-lyah sat on the ground and touched shaking colors. It quivered like jelly. She whispered, “don’t be afraid we will sort you out.”
“Breeze would want to help.” Lisbeth said.
“But he has no magic. We need someone with magic.” Daisy-lyah looked sad. “I have a little magic but not enough.”
“We need someone.” Lisbeth said with certainty. “Elegant will help but…I don’t want to meet Lovisma. She twisted my pony tail into a tight knot once and mum had to cut my hair.”
Daisy-lyah sighed. “I will speak to Elegant you can hide. ”
“I like your plan.” Lisbeth whispered. “I will be look out and hoot like an owl if I see her.”
They ran to Elegant’s house and hid in the tall grass. Lovisma was sitting on a fallen tree infront of the house , flicking twigs into the river at the ducks and birds.
They decided to go to the back door. When they knocked they hid behind a rose bush just in case Lovisma heard and came around the side of the house.
Elegant came to the door. She looked out and said, “Hmm strange wind about today, it did sound like someone knocking on my door.”
Daisy-lyah flew up to Elegant and explained their problem to her.
Elegant said, “I saw this problem once before, I need to collect a few items. We need to hurry.”
When they got to the wood, the muddle of colors had shrunk to the size of a tennis ball.
Elegant said, “hold this please Lisbeth we don’t have much time left.” She held a small cauldron out and poured a few drops of a golden liquid into the pot and then added a dash of silver. She said, “I need you both to stand beside the river out of the way.” When they ran to the river Elegant began.
She poured her mixture from the pot over the shivering shrinking mess of colors reciting a spell as she did so.
Suddenly they heard a happy song being played, as they watched the colors rose from the ground one by one high into the sky to form one glorious bright arching rainbow.
“It’s a rainbow.” Daisy-lyah and Lisbeth shouted.
When they calmed down Elegant explained what had happened. They looked sad when they heard how Leprechauns sometimes get tired of minding rainbows and simply walk away from them. Without a caretaker the rainbows become starved of love and attention, no one usually notices them shrink until they vanish.
“That is sad,” Lisbeth said. Daisy-lyah looked as though she might cry.
Elegant noticed and told them. “Today is a great day because you saved a rainbow. Come on lets tell everyone.”
As they walked into the forest the kind witch pulled two giant rainbow colored lollypops from her pocket and handed them to Daisy-lyah and Lisbeth.