They left the corner light on at night.
The stone path had been there before they bought the property, and the remains of a lantern post. It was right where they’d wanted a vegetable garden, and so at first the plan was to plow the area clear and remove the slabs and pebbles.
But then the hoe broke.
And then the belt on the mower.
And then there was the matter of their daughter’s bellowing every time they tried to work on that part of the yard.
She was barely two at the time. Not quite talking. And yet she managed to throw “No! No!” tantrums and pull at their clothing and plop herself in utter-toddler-dejection right onto where they aimed to work.
“You best give up,” their neighbor nodded her warty chin, sage eyes not unkind in understanding.
It was the Fair Ones, she explained. They had their own paths. Their own energy highways.
“The ancients had marked it. To hold space and to deter the mischief. It is easier. And the young ones can still see.”
They left the light on.
Repaired the path.
Moved the vegetable garden.
Life was better calm.