Cosmo looked around. Quiet and tranquil, Greely-free. “Good,” he said to himself. As he spoke, the wind blew, and the plants reached out to life.
“Hello, Cosmo,” said a voice, soft and loving.
Cosmo whipped his head around and saw a purple lavender. “Hello, Lavender. How are you today?” Cosmo asked back in a bizarre language.
The lavender’s petals drooped. “Cactus no. 3 isn’t feeling so well,” said Lavender. “Gossip from the Tomato family who got it from Mr. Palm, who received it from Monkey-Piary, who got it from Seal-Piary…”
“Who was it exactly from?” asked Cosmo, interrupting the flower.
Lavender thought for a moment. “Cactus no. 2, sir,” she said.
“Thanks for the info,” said Cosmo and made his way to the yard. Outside, he saw the plants waving at him. He waved at them and watered some of them.
Meeting the cactus, he studied the bristles. “Hmm…”
“Cactus No. 3, what’s wrong?” asked Cosmo.
“I received word from my cousin, Cauctus. He said that there was a forest out there and it’s in danger!” cried Cactus no. 3.
Cosmo immediately perked up. “FOREST?”
“They call it the Sareptia Forest, but Cauctus said that there were phantoms,” said Cactus.
“PHANTOMS?” cried Cosmo.
Cactus no. 3 seemed to laugh. “Cosmo, you’re jumpy today,” said the cactus.
“Hush!” hissed Cactus no. 1. “Sorry, dear. Tri can really be frustrating, right?”
“Tell me where it is!” cried Cosmo.
With that, Cactus no. 3 made Cosmo draw a map. Cosmo held the paper and drew as the cactus spoke, Cosmo’s eyes shining bright, of adventure and excitement.