The Pond is abuzz with excited chatter today! As you grow near, you see Sprout sitting atop a short stump, their eyes closed in concentration, while everyone huddles around them. Xiaolong waves you over.
“Friend! You made it just in time!” Xiaolong whispers, “Sprout is listening to the trees for the latest book news — they told me that the glowing sapling on their head is magical, and lets them communicate with all the plants!”
As you wait along with your friends, a breeze picks up around you, filling your nose with the scent of sunlit fields and freshly-picked apples. In a fraction of a heartbeat, the Pond itself suddenly feels more alive, teeming with light and magic and life. Sprout’s eyes open. Is it you, or is their sapling glowing a little brighter than when you last saw it?
“Friends, the trees in the Pond are so wise and kind! They told me stories about the history of the Pond, and how all of you have cultivated it into such a magical place.” Sprout says, their features bright and soft. “But more importantly for now, I also have the news!”
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