“Good afternoon Jessie. My name is Kelsey, and I am the spirit of the summer. It I my job to make sure that the birds, flowers, and plants flourish. I am her to bless Santa’s gardens so that his Christmas treats will be the finest in the land.”
Jessie wobbled her head, and looked at the woman. Her hair was made of long green leaves woven in a fine braid down her back, and her skin was tanned the colour of coffee. Her pearly white teeth protruded from her mouth as she smiled a warm smile. She wore brightly coloured floral shorts with a fuchsia shirt, and on the base of her neck she had a tattoo of a monarch butterfly.
Jessie wasn’t sure about the woman so she looked in Molly’s direction. Molly was waving at Kelsey. Convinced it was all right, Jessie raised her paw in greeting, and shook hands with the woman.
“Nice to meet you too Jessie. Santa tells me you often come to help Molly tend her garden. There are so many wonderful smells in the garden; rabbits, butterflies, the dew on the plants, and fresh roses. I was watching you smell Molly’s roses. You have a fine nose.”
Kelsey patted Jessie on the head and then walked over to Molly. “Good morning Molly. I’m here for the garden blessing. Is there anything unusual this year that I need to take care of?”
“Yes, Kelsey. The lollipop trees are way too short. They look like a piece of melded candy on a twig, and the holly has turned yellow, “said Molly. “Whoever heard of yellow holly? It must be red.”
“It’s; all the rain we had,” said Kelsey. “The twin weather spirits have been fighting again, and their anger has infused the rain. No worries, I’ll just give my blessing, and the garden should go back to normal.
Kelsey stood in the middle of the garden, and held up her hands. She turned towards the sun, and chanted to the vegetation.
Jessie curiously watched the garden. Before her eyes, the plants grew several inches higher into the sky. The marigolds bloomed twice as thickly, and the cedar became thicker.
Jessie turned to watch the woman’s face. Her eyes were now hidden inside her eyelids, and her face was red from the chanting. Her magic filled the garden.
Within a few minutes, she was done with her chant. She bent down and she picked up a basket she had been carrying and turned to Molly. “Done for another season Molly. Now, as for that dog of yours. Her coat seems kind of inadequate for the surroundings. Are you sure you don’t want me to fix it?’
‘No thank-you Kelsey. Jessie I fine as she is. We appreciate the blessing. The increased growth will cause our gardens to overflow with good things to make the children happy. The lollipop trees look straighter, and fuller already. You have such a wonderful gift.
“Thank-you Molly, Are you sure, though. Just one pass. And she’d have a thick coat like a husky. Much more appropriate to the weather.”
Jessie backed away until she was hiding behind Molly’s legs.
“I said no thank-you Kelsy. We love Jessie just the way she is. We’ll make sure she is warm enough.
Jessie sighed in relief. She looked out around Molly’s leg. Kelsey was staring directly at her with her grey eyes. She winked at the dog and said, “Perhaps, another time.” Then, she faded away and was gone leaving Molly, and Jessie standing in the garden staring at the lollipop trees, and cedars.