The Noondays have always known they are THE best caste of shadow… strong, assertive, basking in the mid-day glory of their sun-god’s favor. Yes, there may be contenders, and perhaps some might find a glimmer of interest in the ghostly gloams or the wavery liquidicious longrays … but how can those compare to the solidity, the no-nonsense oomph-ness of us Noondays? they crow with pleasure to one another, and anyone else who cares to heed.

So then, who is this one, this husky healthy little Noonday who, having long listened to her mid-light mother’s secretive sleepy-time stories (about some other shadow-realms our little one can only barely imagine), and what is this she is planning while all the other Noondays slumber in preparation for the next highlight of noon sun, when they will once again regain their rightful center-stage spot?

She begins by avidly questioning her mom, her dad, and all the aunts and uncles who’ve at some point in their lives spoken offhandedly of these other realms. Some are able to shed some light, some haven’t a clue, and gaze upon our questioner with clueless wonder… some even suspecting her motives. When she has learned all there is to learn, when now their answers are all either already answered or of no good use, she turns to her planning.

First, I must figure out how to arouse myself at such a strange and scary hour, ponders our Noonday ponderously, when our sun-god has long been off to the beyond. And, I must try to cleverly anticipate his return with such accuracy, that I may witness just that moment of return, if such there truly be. Aha,...
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    I really enjoyed this piece! I had fun reading it aloud (I like to do that with pieces where the language is colorful and fun). I found myself wondering what this might sound like if told in the first person by the noonday herself. That might be an interesting perspective for the story to take.
    Aug 16, 2011
  • Spaceship-1461125
    I believe!! :) Love this, Jane - so much. And especially of course the way you play with words - 'inventraption' - yay!
    Aug 16, 2011
  • Scan0047
    i hadn't seen the image before - what a lovely story to go with a lovely illustration!
    Aug 16, 2011
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