"What in the world can I do?" asked Fluff
confused by Sparkle's sudden flash of excitement.
"But of course you can Fluff," laughed the Star in happiness,
almost ready to burst.
"Okay now listen carefully, we don't have much time. Now Fluff, not
far away from here is a huge lake," said Sparkle pointing in a
direction towards a far-off clump of bushes. And let me hope against hope
that that merciless Sun has not dried it up of all its water."
"So?" asked Fluff, not really understanding what Sparkle was
trying to say.
"So? There's a nice, cool lake, and here are you -- a pretty little
cloud. Now do you get the picture?" said Sparkle his eyes glowing
bright with joy.
"No," said Fluff sadly. "I don't. Please tell me. It's
really getting late."
"Okay, okay. What I meant to say was that if you could fly down to
the lake and fill up your fluffy, cottony body with water, and bring it
"I could sprinkle it over poor Lily," said Fluff, finishing the
idea that Sparkle had started.
"Exactly!" cried Sparkle joyfully. It's worth a try. And any day
better than just sitting around and doing nothing for Lily," said
Sparkle looking at Fluff.
"I'll do it! I'll do it! I'll do it for Lily. And for all the sneers
and jeers that I've heard for not being able to rain," promised
Fluff. "But there is one big problem."
"And that is?"
"I don't know the way Sparkle. How do I get to the lake?"
"That's no problem at all little cloud. Follow the path along which
my light shines and it will take you to the lake," said Sparkle,
pointing to the narrow strip of earth that had lit up with starlight.
Fluff began to float away as Sparkle flashed him a 'thumbs up' sign.
The path was long and lonely, and silence filled the night air. Only a
sickly drumming noise of the crickets filled the emptiness around him and
Fluff hated it. The light from Sparkle had also become dim, and Fluff was
beginning to find it difficult to see the path. And just as the starlight
was beginning to totally fade away, Fluff thought he spotted a glimmer of
water just behind a large clump of dried up bushes.
The lake shimmered against the dim light and soft waves rippled softly
through its blue-black surface. Fluff edged slowly downwards in the
direction of the lake. The quiet ripples grew louder as the wind blew
softly through them.
Lower and lower he floated till his small white cottony body almost
touched the lake. He slowly started skimming the surface of the lake,
floating like a big soft glob of winter fog. And as he moved, Fluff began
to feel the water seep into him, his cottony body taking in all that it
could. Slowly, slowly, ever so slowly, Fluff felt his body grow heavier
and heavier with each movement of the water lapping gently around him. It
was a long while before Fluff felt he had enough water with which he could
fly back safely without bursting with the weight.
The little cloud rose up slowly from the lake as much as he could without
feeling the strain of the water within him as his eyes searched for
Sparkle's starlight. "Ah, there it is!" said Fluff spotting the
path along which he had come. And once again with the starlight to guide
him, Fluff made his way back to Sparkle, this time carrying a cloud full
Meanwhile Lily had begun to shrink even more, and Sparkle could barely see
her tiny petals against the light. And, she had barely uttered a word or
even opened her eyes.
"What if it's too late?" said Sparkle, his light shining dimly
then brightly in alarm. "No, no, no negative thoughts. Everything
will be just fine. I know it!"
As if in response to his words, Sparkle saw Fluff floating up to him
panting and gasping for breath. The journey back had been even longer for
because of the enormous weight he was carrying.
"You did it Fluff, you did it and you never thought it
possible," spoke Sparkle in a happy voice.
"Yup, thanks to you!"
"Ok so then, what are we waiting for?" asked Sparkle looking
first at Fluff, then at the Lily. "Make it rain little cloud.
Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze hard."
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