She wanted to see them once more, and bid them good luck for their journey, so she got up and went out on her balcony. When he prayed and sang hymns, she trembled. But Helga also leaped from the horse and stood on the ground. She awoke at midnight and saw before her the dead horse, prancing and full of life. Presently she climbed like a cat to the topmost branches of this tree, and clung there.
Year after year have I flown across and across the moor, but there was no sign of her being still alive. One evening, stork-papa stayed out rather late, and when he came home he seemed quite busy, bustling, and important. Then he flew back quickly to the stork-mamma and told her what he had seen and done; and the little storks listened to it all, for they were then quite old enough to do so. But where bloomed the flower that could bring him health? Why, butterflies fluttered all about in play or strife. That would be fun to see, and it would be even more fun to chase him.
You must verify your account in order to post comments. The flower of my heart will travel with me; and so the riddle is solved. She dug into the ground as well as she could, trying to make for them a grave as deep as possible. The young ones and I will keep an eye on you too. Then, suddenly the avenging angel drew aside the veil from the flaming seas of the sun, and in an instant the wings of that proud bird was burned away, and he wretchedly tumbled to earth.
Only the wisest among them said, as the stork mother had put it, "She can look out for herself. The grain would grow in waving fields where the sea now rolled over the golden sands. She spent her summers with her four brothers and one sister playing Star Wars, wearing snow boots and her mother's old nightgowns while swinging plastic bats as light-sabers, and The A-Team hanging off the riding lawn mower what else were they supposed to use for the van? She brought large branches to cover him, and scattered dry leaves between them. The body crumbled into dust, and a faded lotus-flower lay on the spot on which Helga had stood.