All People Are Equal
Once upon a time there lived a group of dryads. They lived in houses made in trees. The trees were magically designed so that there was living space inside. The dryads wore leaf dresses that were strung together with vines. They used magic to keep the leaves green. All the dryads loved to dance with all their hearts. Their music was made of hazelnut castanets and swaying trees. There were only girls in this tribe. They also loved to play tag because there were lots of trees to run around. Of course climbing was fun, too. The children liked to play hide-and-seek, and so did the grown-ups.
The queen of the tribe was named Flouresta. Flouresta had two assistants. One of them was named Rose and the other Daisy. The cook was named Maple. The dryads ate a small variety of things like acorn soup, hazelnut soup, and very, very rarely berry cream. The cream came from the cow that would escape from the farm next door.
The tribe was very happy until, very unexpectedly, a farm boy wandered into the woods. Nobody noticed that he was coming into their space because they were all playing a good game of tag. The farm boy didn't know what tag was, nor did he know why the grown-ups were doing whatever they were doing. Suddenly Flouresta noticed the farm boy and stopped, which caused everybody else to slowly stop, too
She started questioning the boy. "What is your name?" she asked.
"Steve," he replied.
"Are you a boy?" she asked.
"Yes, of course," he responded.
Flouresta felt awkward. She knew that boys weren't allowed, but she didn't quite know how to get him out of her woods nicely.
"Get out please. I don't want to have to use magic to force you out," she said stoutly.
"What is magic?" Steve asked.
"You don't want to find out," Flouresta answered.
Just then Maple stepped up. "There is no need for magic, because we can push him out!" she said.
Flouresta contemplated this idea, then said, "Rose, Daisy, take this boy to the dungeon. Then we can decide what's to be done with him!"
On the way to the dungeon Steve escaped. "GET HIM!!!" every body yelled.
"Rose, Daisy, Maple - it's magic time," Flouresta hollered. "First we fly, then we use tree magic."
They all shot off the ground. First they made the tree in front of Steve bend down.
"Bet you can't catch me," Steve jeered. "I don't get to sleep in the house at night, so I come in here and find my way around."
Flouresta thought that Steve would be too busy talking to them and would trip and fall over the tree that they had just bent down. He didn't, though, he just jumped over it as if it were a crayon. Steve turned a sharp corner and ran inside a tree and stopped. When the tribe came in, he said, "All people are equal. If you are so peaceful all the time, why do you fight to get me out?"
"We used to only let girls into our wood, but you have shown us that all people are equal, even boys," Flouresta replied.
From that day forth the tribe always let boys in. They taught Steve all their games. They even offered to let Steve lived with them, but Steve said that his home was on the farm.