Lunch time! You boys come and wash up for lunch. Hey! What are you doing to your brother?
No...Mum. He’s doing it to me! See. He’s got me trapped in the river and these are rockets and they don’t hurt him.
Rockets, hey. And when did cowboys and Indians get rockets?
Tiki Witi brought them from beyond the forest. He says there are spacemen over there and they left them behind, so I have to use them to get out of the river.
You aren’t throwing them hard, are you?
No, Mummy. See. Just a little bit. They aren’t hurting, I asked before. Are they hurting?
No. They tickle. One fell on my foot and made me laugh.
Okay then...just don’t throw them too high. You don’t want to hurt your brother, do you. You always watch out for him and don’t ever let anything hurt him, will you?
Oh, no Mummy. We are the bestest of friends, aren’t we?
Yes. He makes me laugh, Mum. He has ‘visible friends he chases in the yard. An’ he falls over all the time! He fell on Shadow hahahahee
Okay then...well, lunch is ready and I...umm...what is that over there?
There...the grass looks odd.
Oh. That’s a Fairy Circle.
‘Fairy Circle’. The fairies came last night and made it. They left it for us to play in. See? It has an Indian in it. He is getting a magic feather.
Oh...it’s clover. Do you boys know that if you find a four-leafed clover, you’ll have good luck and maybe even find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? True...the Leprechauns hide their gold at the ends of rainbows, and clover can help you find it.
That’s silly, Mum. All of them have four leaves. That means we’re gonna be really rich! All the Lepecorns’ gold is ours! And you can have lots to buy a unicorn.
Thank you. I like unicorns. They’re funny.
Oh, my. There’s one with four leaves...and another...oh my! Look at them all!!!
STOP MUM! You can’t take them!! The Indian is waiting for the magic feather to make me ‘visible...’invisible’. Yeah. Invisible. So, you can’t take them, or the eyes will see me.
Are you still dreaming about them?
A little bit. I told them to go away, except for some who smile a lot. I like those ones. They show me things.
They show you things? Like what?…
Like, well...I don’t know really. Like, rockets, and flashlights, and firecrackers and all kinds of things. I saw a vampire goat. Do you know what a Vampire Goat can do?
Umm...no, young man. I don’t know what a ‘vampire’ is. What is it?
A Vampire Goat lives on a mountain and jumps everywhere, and he never ever falls down. He can walk on a hair, and jump in the air to a cloud and stand on it, and swim like a dolphin, and go under the ground and find all kinds of things. He is the best.
Umm...where did you hear the word ‘vampire’?
From the eyes. I think one of those eyes is a friend of the vampire goat.
Do you know what ‘vampire’ means?
Oh, yes. It means ‘cannot die’.
‘Cannot die’, hey. I don’t suppose you know why he cannot die, do you?
Aw, Mum! Everyone knows that: he is the sun in the day and the moon in the night. He shines everywhere. Well, he isn’t the sun or the moon but he is like light…like a light outside the front door.
He isn’t like a light inside the house?
Oh, no. He’s like the light in the street so everyone knows where their home is. And like the light at the door so you know where to put your key and come inside. He can’t come inside, though. He isn’t allowed to.
He doesn’t like homes. He likes mountains. He likes to stand on them and jump everywhere.
You have such a vivid imagination, young man.
And I am staying ‘loose’.