Muna recovered from her injuries sustained in the wood quicker than the one’s inflicted on her heart.
She hadn’t realised how much Josh had meant to her until that summer. Now thinking back to the very first moment she had laid eyes upon him as he threw stones into the lake, she understood there had always been that special connection but it been masked in teasing torments.
Josh had written her several letters that she would open up every night to read over and over. Josh had told Muna that his Mother who on top of her delicate mind condition had caught a chill, which even though he said the Drs had treated had left her very weak with a persistent cough. Josh told Muna that his Father was going to get remarried and had invited Josh to stay with him and his new family for a while, as his Aunt Maude had to return home. He repeatedly told Muna how he missed her with all his heart. His Dad who worked for the Local Newspaper had secured Josh a job where he worked during the holidays as a general errand boy. But Josh said he was General Dog’s body but as he needed some money to find his feet and independence, he was also studying hard to pass his final exams..
Aponi had kept a close eye on Muna over several weeks since her fall in the woods.. That bang on the head had worried Aponi, she’d asked Muna questions about that day she had fallen but Muna was evasive and vague saying she had got scared of the dark, tripped and fell and had awoken prior to the rescue party finding her. Muna hadn’t told her Grandmother about the bear or Joe, this had in a way made her feel guilty for Joe had saved her life she was sure of it, but it was something in the way Joe had held up his fingers to his lips to say be silent and the way Joe disappeared. Muna found it hard to piece together in her mind. Was Joe really there? or had she been hallucinating? And yet Sally’s friendly lick of her hand and the pain in her shoulder had felt real enough.
So Muna decided she would find out, after several weeks of Aponi’s smothering her in protective love, Muna had said she was going to go and see Joe. She wanted to write back to Josh and tell him how the plants they had planted together in Joe’s garden were doing.
Sally Greeted Muna with wagging tail and small sharp barks which let Joe know he had company. Joe was delighted to see Muna and signed to her to ask if her head and shoulder were better
Muna instantly knew that it hadn’t been a dream or her mind playing tricks. Muna smiled broadly and thanked Joe and said she hadn’t told anyone about him finding and helping her.. But Joe just smiled and took her out back where his magical garden in containers tubs, kettles, pans, baths and tyres was well into bloom. And Muna spent a happy couple of hours pottering about tending weeding, transplanting and watering.
After she had finished her tasks, she walked over to Joe’s man-made pond and sat upon one of Joe’s homemade seat. Joe was an expert carpenter and along with his weird creations of Metal Sculptures made out of man’s left rubbish such as bikes, old mowers, etc he created some beautiful furniture.
This Double seat Muna just loved, simple in its construction except for its back where upon each post on the back rest Joe had calved two Owls. One was sat with eyes wide looking away from the seat, while the other was calved holding a small mouse under her talons…
She sat looking at Joes beautiful water wheel which he had cleverly made of old empty tin cans which he had painted in bright colours. The flow from the stream filled the cans which tipped water out into channels of half drainpipes and bamboo which elevated the water around the garden via a series of a criss-cross maze of tunnels and pipes..
Sitting looking in the water Muna looked at her reflection the water shimmered as the sparkles of light broke the surface as another can full of water tipped breaking her reflection into a thousand pieces out just as Joe came to sit by her side. He signed for Muna to hold out her hand, thinking Joe was about to place something in her palm, but instead he pointed for her to watch the water… Joe closed his eyes and held up his own hand to the sky, while a soft hum came from his lips, but unlike the note in the Forest Joes hum held a different pitch… Muna sat expectantly waiting and watching over the water, when all at once one by one they appeared as if by magic.. Wings glistening as they darted over the pond it seemed the air was thick with them, Beautiful Dragonflies swirling and danced around their heads.. Joe encouraged Muna to make the sound as he stopped his humming, Muna joined in to make the same sound. And as she gently started to hum to her amazement a dragonfly landed upon her open hand…
Joe smiled even wider, Today Muna’s second phase in Earth Lessons had Begun..
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