“She’s having fun,” Orri said.
“Shush, we don’t want her to hear us,” the older goblin said quietly.
They lay on their stomachs, camouflaged by the forest. As long as they lay still, no one would see them. As a child, Orri had read about chameleons and wondered if they were related to goblins, as they took on the colours of their surroundings in the same way. He had been told that goblins and lizards were definitely not related. Evolution had simply given them a similar skill.
The little girl flew around the tree trunks, giggling. She was holding her favourite doll in her hand – a little goblin with long, green, messy hair. Orri had developed a liking for the little girl. He was still young enough to remember what playing and having fun was like. Some of the older goblins were so serious.
He’d watched the two sisters playing together on many occasions. The other one, Nana, was a Walker. And this little one, Susan, was an Airy. Together, they were quite a handful for their mother. It was difficult enough keeping up with an ordinary lively toddler, never mind one who could vanish at a snap of the fingers and reappear who knew where next. Not to mention another child, who could easily escape up into the air. The deep lake right next to the Healer House must have been another problem for an alert mother – and the Diver was not always near.
“Wheeee!” Susan yelled, somersaulting in the air.
As she did this, the little goblin doll fell out of her hand, landing right in front of Orri and his uncle.
“Close your eyes,” his uncle warned. “They are the only things the forest won’t hide.”
- Leena Maria / The Creature Wars 1: The Death of a Vampire / Chapter 1: Airy Girl