The hours to come would later proof to be more than magical..they would be epic…!
This, our Dutchess and Miss Moussie didn’t know yet…but, now, dear reader and friend, YOU know..so hold on to this book and read on..
After Miss Moussie did catch her breath she was able to tell The Dutchess what she had just found on the Hilltop..
-A scent you say..really, did I understand you correctly..you found something smelly..said the Dutchess surprised..
- Yes..Squeaked Miss Moussie exited…LIKE BEAR..!
…The summer breeze hushed.. the birds paused in their flight and song, and with the butterflies they fluttered by, in slow motion..curious…listening.
The word BEAR changed the entire atmosphere in the garden ..it became very quiet..like…maybe like a quiet before a storm..
-Is he..could it..can it be….really HIM, whispered the Dutchess ?
-I know its him, squeaked Miss Moussie softly…there is no one that smelly. I mean…well, (and there she giggled).
-Then, my dear Miss M, we can expect him any minute now..!
-I believe we can dearest Dutchess..I believe we can…O my goodness…so many things to do so little time..I must assemble a welcome home comity..
The stillness in the garden became now noticeable..even for the Dutchess and Miss Moussie in their enthusiasm … Clouds gathered.. the hot summer day changed into a summer evening that wrapt itself around the Hilltop inhabitants like a moist cloak…
-This heat is too heavy for a delicate creature like myself..squeaked Miss Moussie..I just can’t think straight ..there’s a fog rising..
-In your mind darling..?
-No, look…over the Pond and beyond……it looks very suspicious. One can never trust a fog !
-Heavens,Yes..it looks kind of greenish! We better go inside dear…
A storm is rising..
And so they did…a Dutchess and a Mousse. Together waiting for what was coming next…
At the Pond a strange fog waved over the white water lilies ..the surface of the water rippled. A green creature appeared. A frog in the fog…It was Gustave coming to check on the weather. But after a quick glance he dived back into the water…heading for the deep…to be safe...
(picture by The Dutchess)