Brandon M. Dennis Tova and the Tree 2006-2007
3 The light was round and small, and, not knowing what else to do, Tova reachedout and touched it. The thing was squishy and moist, and Tova recoiled in disgust almostinstantly. But just as she did the object sighed, and the green light grewbrighter. It was a large mushroom, and it pulled itself inside out, glowing afaint green color. She saw many other mushrooms around it and she lightly touched each one on the umbrella, and as she did they too turned inside out,emitting a dim, green light. Tova stood up and glanced about her in the faint light. She looked up thehole through which she had fallen. She could not see an end, but stringy vinesand thick spider webs crisscrossed back and forth across the opening. Tovashuddered with the thought that a spider might be somewhere in her hair, andshe ruffled her head vigorously one last time, just to make sure.“Oh, my ball,” said Tova sadly, realizing that the ball was probably caught in a spider web somewhere. But just then she saw it lying on theground near her feet, and she cried out happily. She bent over to pick it up,and as she did she noticed a large, gaping black hole in the side of the trunkthat went on deeper into the earth. Tova pocketed the ball and pondered whatshe should do next.“Well,” she said, “I can’t climb back up. Looks like this is my only way out!” With that, Tova bent down, picked one of the mushrooms and held it upas a lantern. She took one big breath and then stepped into the darkness.