has passed or not, but the quiet times came over the woods after Driandafil and
the Chunk had disappeared from the forest. Once again villagers began to fearlessly
go into the woods to pick mushrooms and berries. The Meelo-Liza’s family had a
joyful event: their dog Bunya bore them puppies. Wonderfully she gave birth to
seven sound puppies!
Though Bunya knew and loved Miloyar and Meelo-Liza, the
first few days she didn’t allow them anywhere near her puppies. When they had
grown up a bit, the children decided to give one of them as a present to Angelina.
They knew that she had long wondered when Bunya was going to have puppies. She
did not hide the joy with which she took home that furry lump. She called her
puppy Tosya. From that time and on, everywhere Angelina went Tosya always
One day her
father asked Angelina to travel to the Poppy Valley
and pick up the healing herbs there. The Poppy
Valley was situated down near the Valley of Ancestors, but the path to it led past the
house of the witch Saina. At dawn Angelina took Tosya and together they made
their way to the Poppy
Valley. They walked
slowly, admiring the beauty of the morning forest. Finally Angelina decided to
bypass the house of the witch. While doing it, she thought that she heard a
bell ring. «Thus she’s gaining her force» - Angelina thought. «Now we just take
the path to the left and we’re in the Poppy Valley!
» - said Angelina to Tosya as if she understood human speech. They turned left.
Hmm, there seemed to be yet another twist. It took them one more turn, and then
another and another… But the Poppy
Valley still did not
appear! The girl was very much surprised at that, and her heart pounded heavily.
She knew this place from childhood, she knew every path, every bush! What had
become of the poppies? Where was the valley? But Angelina continued to walk. «I
knew this part of the forest so well that I could never get lost here even at
night! » - she told to herself. Suddenly she found herself at an unfamiliar
glade. The girl bent over a strange plant and started to examine it with
horror. She had never seen it before, but she immediately knew what it was – a Criss-cross!
She could not be mistaken. The Druids had talked about it so many times. The
road to this place was once open to everybody. This was the Valley of Ancestors.
«Saina! »- was the first thought of Angelina.
which she spent in the Valley seemed a nightmare to her. One time she even
thought that she saw eyes of Driandafil the spider among the bushes! The girl
was trembling with fear and Tosya turned her tail between her legs. In the morning
Angelina understood that she would never find the way back by herself and set
Tosya free. Tosya, though still young, realized that they were in trouble and
ran away very fast.
That day Meelo-Liza
and her little brother were walking home from a Crybaby River,
where they went to bathe. Suddenly something rushed at them from the forest. It
was Tosya. The dog was pretty much excited and barked
heavily at the forest.
Miloyar stroked Tosya and saw that a small pouch was tied around her neck. It
was tied up with a beautiful lace. You could not confuse it with another one.
This lace was given to little Angelina by her father, and was knitted by her
grandmother. In the bag they found the petals of an unknown flower. Children ran
to the granny Martha and showed their find to her. This is what granny Martha
said: «It seems we have trouble! The petals in the bag are the ones of
Criss-cross! This means that Angelina is in the Valley of Ancestors
now. She will not find the trail back alone. Time is short, we must hurry! Take
this magical petal of the old ash-tree, and put it into the pouch. Set Tosya
free in the same place at the river, she will find Angelina. Now go and do as I
told you! Day comes from the darkness, breeze comes from the grass!». Granny
stroked the kids on the head and gave them an ash leaf. Meelo-Liza with the
brother and Tosya returned to Crybaby
River. She put the leaf
into the pouch and tied itto the dog. Tosya wagged her tail, as if she understood
the situation. «Well, Tosya… hurry, honey, Angelina needs you! » - said Meelo-Liza,
and released the dog. Tosya disappeared in the forest.
when left alone in the Valley, not once tried to get out of it. But wherever she
went, which ever way she turned, she was still returning to the same place.
That was a vicious circle! Tired, she sat down to rest. She remembered her
village and her parents. Need be saying that in her village everyone already knew
about her disappearance, and all the people were looking for her, but in vain. Angelona
remembered everyone: both Meelo-Liza and her brother, and of course Tosya! All
of a sudden there came a rustle from the bushes. «Tosya…Tosya!» - happily
called Angelina. The bushes moved apart, and there appeared…the huge limbs of
Driandafil the spider! She momentarily became frozen with fear. «Saina!» - for
some reason the witch’s name flashed in her head again. She rushed to escape, but
not knowing where to hide. Then she stumbled over a stone. She fell down and
collapsed intoa crevice. Angelina was unconscious for some time. She woke up when
something touched her hand. «This is the ugly spider!» - thought the girl and opened
her eyes slightly. But it was Tosya who licked her hand! Above them the rustle
and hissing of the spider was heard. Driandafil covered the narrow entrance to
the cleft with the web. Angelina opened the pouch hanging on the dog’s neck,
and took out a leaf of the ash-tree. To her surprise it didn’t fly away but
rather stick to the wall and remained there. Meanwhile, Tosya vehemently started
digging the ground with her paws. Shortly some dry twigs and a hole between
them appeared, and then it blew from the hole with warm moist air and the scent
of moss. There was a silence above, which showed that the spider had finished
its work. The girl, meanwhile, pulled away the dry twigs, and there was no
doubt left: that hole was an underground tunnel! Tosya wagged her tail, and the
ash leaf flew into the darkness of the tunnel. Angelina grabbed it and hid it
in the bag. So it was that legendary underground passage to the Valley of Ancestors, which no one had ever seen!
Carefully, they entered into it. It turned out to be not as dark as it had
seemed before. Some shining was coming from the walls. Soon Angelina and Tosya got
outside from the other side of the passage. They appeared to be not far from
Saina’s house. So they ran home by a familiar path. Some villagers came out to
meet them; among them was Angelina’s father.
The next day
all the surrounding villages knew about the girl’s return. Angelina with her
father came to visit granny Martha. Grandfather Piyun and Meelo-Liza with her brother
were already there. This is what granny Martha told them: «Now we know why
Saina has chosen that place for her home! She was using
the passage of which everybody had forgotten, and did not know where it was. We
also know now that Saina can turn into Driandafil! And while she owns that
magic bell, we cannot deprive her from her magic powers».
Tale of magical flower
Konstantin Dmitriev, 2008
Translated into English: Maria Lyukish, 2012
Illustrations by Anastasia Soloviova