The forest floor cushioned their steps. She inhaled the scent of tree and sap and hidden wet. She had forgotten the caresses of fallen leaves and ancient bark under her feet. A flash of sun painted a memory – a small girl running barefoot in the woods, knobby knees peeking under a faded calico dress. Oh, how she had loved that dress!
Albert’s voice called her back into the present. He’d grown old and grumpy. It made her wonder what others thought of her. Eccentric? Obstinate? Silly? Dumb?
She followed her brother’s pointed finger and her heart quickened. A dark line circled a tree.
She turned. A fainter line hugged another tree.
Albert faced the first trunk and lifted his arms. His fingertips grazed the line.
She did the same with the second tree. Perfect fit.
Their birth-marked trees had grown exactly as tall as they.
For Crispina‘s Crimson’s Creative Challenge