Amelia was having a good day. She had already spotted 3 Bullfinches, 7 Greenfinches, 6 Hawfinches, 27 Starlings, the list went on and on and on. The point was, Amelia had a love of animals, birds in particular. She loved the way they swooped and curled and dived and dropped through the air like a stone, then returning with a worm or a beetle in their beak.
But a bird that Amelia surprisingly had never seen was a swallow. She had read about them, of course, but had never seen them. No one knew why, but they just didn’t live there.
Until today, when Amelia saw a whole group of swallows speeding along the borders like a bullet from the barrel of a gun.
They almost seemed to be coming towards her. She wanted to run and grab her camera, but the swallows actually came towards her, twittering as they went, and pulled her clear off of the ground. They seemed to fly around and around and around the Earth, but then suddenly stopped and hovered over a huge, sprawling city in the heart of an industrial zone.
To Amelia, this was the picture of inhumanity. There wasn’t a living thing in sight, not least birds, and the inhabitants didn’t have a patch of green in their stone cold (if you could call them these) gardens, like her home. It was just Gray Gray Gray.
She wanted to be sick from the fumes coming off of everything, but stopped when she noticed something. A single, withered, tiny tree. There was hope, she thought, there is a chance.
So she gathered up the seeds, one by one, and planted them in every patch of soil she could find, and then went home to get back to her birdwatching. Almost instantly, the trees started springing up and they grew and grew and grew.
“What is this?” the people of the city said, but they didn’t destroy the trees. They let them grow. And soon after, those trees produced their own seeds, and Amelia returned and planted them as well, so that many more trees sprang up, breaking the concrete to reveal undisturbed soil.
Soon the city was alive with a green forest of tiny trees, reaching their green fingered hands up to the sky. And then, the most magical thing happened. In this used-to-be-barren city, wildlife found its way in.
Soon after, the animals took over Amelia’s job, spreading the seeds of the trees every year, and eating their berries and pollinating their flowers.
A Few Years Later.
Now there is a bustling city that blends in perfectly with the lush forests surrounding it. It is full of nature and wildlife, and people and animals live in harmony, together.
To think that the flower filled, beautiful city was once a gray gray gray town with only one single, lonely, withered tree just growing in it.
Now, every year, a young woman comes to visit, and at night her room is always surrounded by a dazzling display of birds, animals and a nightly firework display of fireflies, burning brightly against the pitch black night.