Dances with the Moon

A fox.
Original Traditional Watercolour on Paper

The night was still, everything seemed transfixed, as though enchanted. Not a single sound could be heard but the forest was just awakening, brimming with life. The noise of the crickets only deepened the silence that spread among the wild bushes and scattered amid the undergrowth. Yet, scuttling here and there, were creatures of the shadows nestled close together, right beneath the ground. A strong odour, rich with damp, moss and dried leaves rotting untouched, settled heavily in the air like dust left in an ancient room for centuries. Not a breeze blew through the trees, not an extra leaf was shed, the clouds above glided by swiftly. Floating with an agility almost envious. Weightless, fluid, their movements enchanted our little passerby as she looked towards the sky. Her eyes sparkled in the moonlight as she softly kneaded the earth under her feet. Glancing up momentarily, before the white orb got swallowed behind the veil of clouds again. She circled around, tapping her feet lightly, playful, alert, dancing in her own shadows. Her red coat glistened with drops of dew, softly lingering, longing to drip but unwilling to part from her warm fur. Suddenly there was light again, and this time she yearned for that shining white ball up high. She jumped a little and let out a low growl of disappointment when her claws couldn’t reach it. She wanted to capture the moon and play with it, pawing it on the dirty soil, nibbling it and nudging it with her muzzle, sniff its scent so she could find its trail no matter how far it rolled away. Just when she was about to give up, she saw it in front of her, right there, a few inches from her paws. Rippling, tremulous but the same white ball of light indeed. She plunged into the middle of the puddle and grappled with all her might, determined not to let it slip away this time. But the moon scattered into fragments as she looked into her own eyes and stared in disbelief, searching for her lost toy.

29 thoughts on “Dances with the Moon

  1. I love this so much! The imagery is stunningly beautiful, and I love that you chose a fox. The artwork is amazing too!
    Some things are just not attainable, no matter how hard we try, but that’s okay. There are always other opportunities. Love this πŸ€—πŸ–€πŸ–€

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    • Yess. The art was inspired by a wonderful short animation film I saw once, something about a fox and a mouse and two owls. It was so cute! I had drawn this after watching that film but the writing is quite recent and I was glad I found an opportunity to put them both together here. Thanks a lot for the love and support Wardah β˜Ίβ˜ΊπŸ’œ

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    • Thaanks. I find foxes really adorable. It’s a pity how they are usually portrayed as cunning and almost in a negative light in fairytales for kids. I’m glad you liked it! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ’œ

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    • Oh yes, that is one really adorable book! I was actually inspired by a short fairytale animation movie to draw this a few years ago. That film was wonderful, it portrayed a friendship between a mouse and a fox. Really cute movie. But I’m glad after I wrote the piece recently I thought of putting these two together here and it sort of worked! Thanks for your constant support. I really appreciate it πŸ–€πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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  2. Your words are so moving and touching – as I’m reading, I feel so many sensory details and really enjoy how you’re able to create an immersive nighttime environment to play in. As a kid, I was never afraid of the dark, and I would go out with my dad to “hunt” nightcrawlers – these large worms that come out of the ground whenever there’s a big rain. This reminds me of those days, and we’d look at the moon and try to see the craters. Reading through these darting eyes was delightful πŸ™‚

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    • Aww that’s such a sweet little anecdote! I can totally imagine smol leaf boi doing this haha. Thank you so much for reading and leaving your thoughts here!! πŸ–€β˜Ίβ˜Ί

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