The Golden Leaf: Autumn Reborn – Part III
Something woke up Margaret in the middle of the night. It was a strong gust of wind. After realizing her window was shut, she looked around, trying to find the source of the wind. She then noticed that it was coming from the golden leaf. Her room was now lit with a strong yet faint golden glow.
Margaret then heard a voice. The voice was subtle and quiet. It was a gentle whisper that was just like the wind.
Margaret…. the voice whispered.
Instead of feeling scared, Margaret felt comforted by the voice. It sounded familiar to her…. “Who are you?” she asked it.
A gentle gust flowed through Margaret’s hair. I am you…. the voice whispered.
Margaret shook her head. “You can’t be me,” she told the voice. “If you were me, you would look exactly like me. I don’t see anyone around here, so this can’t be true.”
The golden leaf’s light became brighter, and an even stronger gust of wind blew at Margaret. I am you….! The voice shouted in a loud whisper.
Margaret smiled. “For you to be me, you would have to know who I am. You would have to know pretty much everything about me in general. Do you know who I am?”
“Do you?” Margaret said louder, challenging the voice.
The strong wind became violent. So violent that it knocked Margaret down on her bed. The voice then spoke, in a rather quick, stern and quiet tone. I am you, and you are me. Just give it time, and you will see.
Margaret’s face lit up. “A riddle? I love riddles! And it won’t take me time to figure this out. Trust me….”
A few minutes passed as Margaret thought about the riddle. In her head, she kept repeating the words “I am you, and you are me”. “I am you,” she repeated. “And you are me?”
Moments later, she got it. “I am you,” she repeated again. “That means that I will become who you are. You are me. That means that you will become who I am….” At this, she gasped. “But who are you, then?”
A playful breeze hit Margaret’s face. I am you….the voice said. Don’t you see?
Margaret then thought about the riddle again. “Oh yeah!” she gasped. “The last line! ‘Just give it time, and you will see.’ That means that I am not you yet. But I will be….”
Then it hit her. “Wait!” She said, gasping. “Are you the one that my mother was talking about? Autumn?”
The wind blew back Margaret’s hair. You figured it out….The voice told her. I am Autumn, and you will be soon….
Margaret shook her head in confusion. “Does that mean that you’re my great-grandmother?”
The voice laughed. That’s who I was. But now, I need a new host. You’re a pretty smart girl and you will suit me well….
Margaret was now shocked. “Is this what you did to my great-grandmother?” She quietly shouted, careful not to wake her mother. “You possessed her, and ruined her life! You will not use my body, you wretched nymph!”
Autumn let out a sigh of laughter. I’m afraid that it’s too late for that. Both you and your great-grandmother did not learn their lesson. Both of you took the leaf out of the forest. That golden leaf is my vessel. Now, how would you like it if someone took your bed out of your room….?
Margaret shook her head and took the defensive. “I didn’t know,” she firmly stated. “To me, it was just a beautiful leaf! There wasn’t a sign anywhere that said “Do NOT take this leaf!”.
The wind began to pick up. As smart as you are, you should’ve left it alone. But thank you very much, Margaret, for letting me use your body. I will enjoy it very much, and pretty soon, so will you…..
Margaret gasped. “But I didn’t tell you that….”
A calm wind blew on Margaret’s face. Again, thank you….and good night…..
Margaret’s face saddened. She was thinking about crying, but she knew that this wouldn’t make things any better. Thinking about what her mother said earlier, she tried to find something that she could do to resolve this problem.
Then she heard it. The voice of her mother saying “Read the diaries, honey.”
“The diaries….” she whispered. “I’ll read them tomorrow….”
Margaret, now calmer, got underneath the covers. The golden leaf blew into her left hand and rested there. Knowing that it would be futile to remove it, Margaret let it lay there.
A faint glow emanated from the golden leaf, It covered Margaret, filling her and the room with golden light….
©2012 K. L. Walker