|Photo provided by Parul Kashyap Thakur|
Sunlight dancing through the canopy of trees provided a kaleidoscope of flickering shadows on the forest floor. It was one of the reasons Cassie sought sanctuary within its fragrant depths. A safe haven, here she could escape, blend in, and find refuge.
Surrounded by towering oaks, she felt protected. She sang, danced, and chased shadows. Her imagination unleashed, she penned stories and created illustrations of the beings she imagined lived there: unicorns, dragons, and fairies.
Years later, the avenue of towering trees were woefully replaced by condos and street lamps. Illusions gone, only memories remain of that distant enchanted place.