Autumn Revel – PDF download of the story
From afar the forest looked like it was turning golden. The coming of winter to the forest was being announced by leaves of yellow, orange, and red. Trista’s own leaves are a golden yellow with bright red veins.
She laughed as she danced in the falling leaves on her way to the autumn revel.
Soon winter would come. There would be no leaves on any of the forest trees, and she would sleep until the warm days of spring arrived. But before that her fellow dryads, and all the other creatures of the forest were coming together to celebrate their last days awake this year.
She could hear the sounds of ethereal singing, and see the bright light of the bon fire that she was headed towards. As she reached the clearing she heard her fellow dryads.
Trista! Trista! Come sing! Come dance!
It was with great joy that she did. As she sang and danced a few of her leaves fell from her branches. Every dryad would stay at the revel until the last leaf fell, then they would find their resting place for the winter to sleep.
One by one her leaves fell as the night passed. Some falling to the forest floor to be kicked about in the dancing. Some got caught by the wind carried off near and far. Still others fell into the bon fire they danced around, each leaf making the fire flair with different colors.
When the last of her leaves fell, the bon fire was cycling through a rainbow of autumn leaf colors.
Trista smiled. Soon the rest of the dryads would join her in sleep, and the next of the forest creatures would dance and sing about the fire. And the next and the next until the fire went cold. Her part in the autumn revel was done. It was time for sleep.