You realise you have seen a lot of Xiaolong, but you really haven’t seen a lot of the other inhabitants in the Pond. You tell Xiaolong this and that you’d love to meet Gen the Tortoise Apothecarist, and her face lights up with a big smile.
“I’m so happy that you want to get to know the others more, friend! It makes me so happy when my friends want to meet and be friends with my other friends! Follow me!”
She jumps up from her spot, and waddles over to the other side of the Pond. Here, the plants are bigger, brighter, and you see tiny plant beds. The beds look clean and tidy (clearly Gen takes great care of his garden!), but there doesn’t seem to be any plants in sight.
As you approach, your footsteps crunching along the earth, Xiaolong gently hushes you. “Ssssssh. The seeds are sleepy. Gen just planted the baby plants this morning and they’re going to do their best to grow! Maybe Gen has something to share from his last harvest?”
Over there, you see Gen the Tortoise Apothecarist tending to some little sprouts. When he sees you, he retreats a little bit into his big purple shell, but he gives you a small and tentative smile. You guess he is still a little shy.
“Hi Gen!” says Xiaolong, waddling over to stand next to Gen the tortoise. “Say hi to our friend. They wanted to come and meet you!”
“Hello,” says Gen in a low and small voice. You say hello back, crouching down so you don’t tower over him. “I thought that you might be coming over… so… I prepared some gifts for you, friend.” He blushes a little. “I hope you will like them. Though, if you don’t like them, you don’t have to take it home. That’s okay. I understand.”
Xiaolong gives Gen an encouraging smile, and gives you a big grin. “Gen, you put so much care into your garden. Of course our friend is going to love them! And I know you put an extra little bit more magic to make sure that these flowers for our friends would grow well, right?”
Gen nods, his green head almost inside his shell. (Gosh, he’s so shy! Maybe he needs some encouragement.)
“I think they’re beautiful, Gen. Thank you so much, ” you tell him. “Do you think I could have a closer look?”
Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening friends! Welcome back to The Quiet Pond.
Thank you all so much for your patience while The Quiet Pond was down. I’m so happy to be back, and to thank you all for your support, I want to share with you all some wallpapers! 💛
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