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by Rachel Starr Thomson

Little One was born in the Golden Fields, in a little thatched house amidst the sunlit wheat. It was a happy home, and she delighted in the blessings of the land—sun warm on her face, wheat dancing in the light and mysterious under the moon, companions as happy and innocent as she was, and space—wide open space, great circles in the wheatfields where she threw off her shoes and danced until she felt that the sun had no more beauty or energy or light than she.

The houses scattered throughout the fields made something of a town, and in the center of the land was a place they called the Town Square. There was a market there, and a tree to climb, and a box to stand and preach or sing on.

It was there that Little One first saw him. A young man with mysterious, laughing eyes. When first she saw him he was playing with the children, and all their innocent joy was dancing in every movement he made. She could not take her eyes away from him.

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