Now that Maddy was inside this big cave, those eyes had disappeared but it seemed like it was a little warmer where she was at than it was coming down the tunnel. She could barely see anything when all of a sudden her eyes refocused from the darkness and she was able to see that the cave walls were glowing. There were so many wonderful colors around everywhere even some of the plants and flowers were glowing pretty luminescent colors.
Maddy could see all these colors but she could also hear things like a small stream of water flowing but she just didn’t know where it was coming from or that she could see it. She carefully took one step at a time until she noticed that the path beneath her feet was becoming luminescent. With every step she took her path lit up and she was able to move around exploring this humongous cave.
Maddy would brush her hand softly over each plant and lean down to smell each flower. They did not smell like the flowers up at the edge of the forest. The were heavenly smells and some even tickled her nose. She was taken by the sight of all the creatures that were moving about and even picked up a glowing pink caterpillar and held it in her hand. She stood there watching this little caterpillar as it walked all around her hand before setting it gently down on a nearby rock.
She walked and looked at everything around her and found that her new sights were giving her this fuzzy feeling inside. This extraordinary place made Maddy feel good and happy. All of a sudden she wasn’t afraid anymore and just stood overlooking everything she found. She wandered around the big luminescent cave until she came around a corner and found her running stream of water. It too glowed a pretty light blue as if it had a light at the bottom of the stream.
Maddy sat down by the stream and watched the water flowing and even saw a few green and orange glowing fish. She leaned down and stuck her hand into the water and it felt warm and not cold like most streams do. While she sat there, a glowing green turtle came swimming by and when it looked at Maddy it seemed to be smiling at her. She reached her hand out and petted the top of its shell as it went by.
Maddy thought to herself how magnificent this place really was. She was seeing things and creatures she had never set eyes on nor did she know they existed. She was about to get up when she heard a slight noise coming from behind her. When she turned around there were those big eyes again. All Maddy could do was say hello to the glowing eyes, and when she did they squinted as if the creature they belonged too was smiling back at her.
Maddy stood to her feet and the eyes moved higher to where they were about five feet taller than herself. She couldn’t see anything but those eyes and asked it if there was a creature attached to those eyes or were they all by themselves. Suddenly Maddy found herself standing right in front of a large purple glowing dragon that seemed to be friendly. She thanked it for showing itself to her and it stuck out his paw as if to shake hands with Maddy. She reached up and grabbed his paw with her two hands and shook it while saying “Nice to meet you, I’m Maddy”. It stood back up and shook its head and then looked back down at Maddy. This was a big dragon that glowed purple and had pink spots with glowing green eyes. It had scales and not fur like most animals but Maddy had a new friend.
Maddy was trying to think of what to call her new friend while he had this puzzling look upon his face. She finally came up with the name “Elmer”. Maddy looked at her new friend the dragon and told him she would call him Elmer and he smiled and shook his head yes as if he knew what she was saying. Maddy saw that he liked his new name that he leaned down and picked her up placing Maddy on his back.
Elmer began walking around the cave as if showing Maddy around. He took her to other rooms inside the cave where she saw with her own eyes more of the magical glowing creatures. She laughed and giggled as they took their tour and then Maddy noticed it might be time for her to head home as to not miss supper. She told Elmer to take her back up top so she could go home to eat. He gladly walked up the very same tunnel that Maddy had walked down from and let her down at the tunnel entrance.
Maddy turned around and asked if he would guide her back to the edge of the forest where her village was. Elmer had this frown on his face because he knows that if he leaves the cave he becomes invisible and no one could see him. Maddy grabbed his hand and pulled him outside of the tunnel and asked him to show her where to go to get home. Elmer thought it confusing how Maddy could still see him after leaving the cave, but he shook it off and walked her to the edge of the forest.
When they got there, Maddy released his paw and told him she would see him tomorrow while waving goodbye as she then turned around and ran back to her village. Elmer stood there looking around to see if anyone had seen him but went unnoticed. He stood there watching his new friend run across the meadow and into the arms of her mother which made Elmer smile before turning himself around and heading back to the cave.
The next day, Maddy headed for the forest again looking for Elmer. Once she ran inside the wooded area she started calling for Elmer but hadn’t gotten a response. She made her way back to the tunnel entrance where she cupped her hands around her mouth and yelled down the tunnel for Elmer. He soon appeared smiling to his new friend and they went for a walk through the forest. They found a big tall oak tree to sit under and Maddy began playing with the neighboring flowers as she talked to Elmer.
They sat and talked and played throwing freshly picked flowers at each other while giggling the whole day. Maddy made it a point to come see her friend Elmer almost every day and they would play for hours and Elmer would even take Maddy on his back for a tour around the forest showing her more than she has ever seen. It was a great adventure for her and she liked spending time with her new friend.
Maddy wished and hoped that Elmer could come to her village and play with her but all he could do was shake his head no at her frowning. He was afraid that someone would see him and try to hurt him, but Maddy was persistent. One day she even told her parents about Elmer and asked if it would be alright for him to come play with her in the yard. Her parents just shrugged it off as an imaginary friend of hers so they agreed to it not knowing that Elmer was real. This Made Maddy very happy and she couldn’t wait to tell Elmer.
The next morning, Maddy found Elmer roaming around in the forest and told him the good news. He was still reluctant to go into the village and away from the hiding spots of the forest trees. Elmer shook his head yes and Maddy grabbed his hand and he followed her to the village. He was afraid of what people might do when they see him, but as they got closer to the village it seemed like no one paid him any attention. Everyone stopped what they were doing to say hello to Maddy and she would introduce Elmer and like all adults, they would play along with a child’s imagination. They would be polite and say hello to Elmer but he finally realized they did not see him. Maddy, in fact, had an imaginary friend who no one could see.
With the reassurance that he was truly invisible to everyone except Maddy, that made it better and easier for him to come visit her without being seen. This made Elmer very happy and Maddy too because she has a good friend to play with. Everytime Elmer would come to the village to see Maddy, everyone just saw Maddy talking to an imaginary friend like there was someone truly there with her. The days went on and Maddy grew up with Elmer being her best friend and playmate.
The days went on and Maddy grew up with Elmer being her best friend and playmate. They had so many adventures together and were so happy. It finally came time for Elmer to leave Maddy and go on to somewhere new where he was needed. This made Maddy very upset but she knew deep inside it was time for him to go as well. She was getting older and it would be strange to see a teenager with an imaginary friend, so they said their goodbyes and gave each other a great big hug before Elmer spread his wings and flew off into the blue sunset sky. Once up in the sky, Elmer looked back at Maddy and waved his paw before disappearing into the sunset.