Breeze sat up and looked about him. He couldn’t see anything but he could hear a lot of soft whispering in the air. Suddenly he heard a loud shout, “I see him. Over here.”
He smiled because it was Daisy-lyah’s voice. He thought they were looking for him. Breeze slid down the tree and got a nasty shock when Lilly ran past shouting, “Get out of the way Mr. Breeze. We want to catch him.”
“Catch who?” Breeze asked but the two girls had run deep into the wood. He followed.
It didn’t take him long to discover that they were chasing butterflies. Spot , a large colourful butterfly landed on Breeze’s nose.
“Help please. We don’t want to be caught and put in a cage.” Spot whispered.
Breeze frowned. “Why would they do that?”
“Homework, I heard them say. They are supposed to bring an animal to school for show and tell. I don’t want to be it.” The butterfly sat on Breeze’s shoulder. Spike popped out of Breeze’s pocket and looked at Spot then slipped back into the shirt pocket for another nap.
As Breeze walked about the forest an amazing thing happened, butterflies flew towards him and landed on him. Before long he was covered in colorful, beautiful, butterflies. He decided to walk to the witches house as he knew Elegant witch loved butterflies and she would help to hide them.
With the butterflies safely fluttering around Elegant who was sitting in the garden, Breeze went in search of Daisy-lyah and Lilly. He found them sitting on a fallen tree. They both looked grumpy.
“Hi, what is wrong?” He asked.
“We have nothing for show and tell. We were trying to catch butterflies but the stupid things kept flying away from us. We wouldn’t hurt them just put them in a cage for show and tell.”
“Ahh.” Breeze sat beside Lilly.
“What?” She asked.
“Butterflies are like fairies they don’t like to be trapped. Their wings would stop working. If you trapped them you would have damaged them.”
“We didn’t know. But what do we do now. We had a whole project written about butterflies.” Lilly kicked at a passing rabbit who dodged her foot.
“Lilly, be nice.” Breeze said.
“It is a big problem.”Daisy-lyah said.
Breeze suggested they make butterflies. Lilly frowned, “The only butterflies I have made are butterfly cakes.”
Daisy-lyah laughed. “We will draw butterflies.”
They asked Breeze to help. He did. They drew many butterflies, then colored them in, cut them out and then fixed them with spiders cobweb string to thin sticks. When they held them, the paper butterflies swished and jiggled.
Lilly laughed. “They look nicer then the real butterflies.”
Breeze agreed and said, “Don’t tell Spot, Dot and Flitty that or they will be sad.”
The next day at school the two girls discovered their butterflies were the best animals at the show and tell. Matt had borrowed Smelly, the skunk, and he made the classroom smell so badly he was sent home. Marigold, the elf, borrowed a hedgehog and when some of the children petted her, they cut their hands, so they were sent to the nurse.
The teacher told Lilly and Daisy-lyah they would have no homework for three nights because they had made such a safe choice. And best of all the butterflies were happy because the girls forgot all about them.