Aura loved the forest. Every morning before school she would walk through the green realm of life and harmony to bring some water to needed plants and to help any hurt or ill animal.
Little she knew, the forest loved her back. With passion and desire. Every plant she helped, every animal she helped, only made rhe forest want her more... love her more... the birds sang beautiful songs that worshiped the skies and the earth whenever they saw she was coming, and they would very often bring her fruits and nectars that Aura would gladly accept and eat.
Deers would come out from hiding and lick her beautiful cheeks, making her giggle with delight. She then would check their bodies and remove parasites and take care every wound
It had happened every day during the last two years, but the last few months her visits became rarer and shorter. Whenever she came the animals would cover her of petals and fruits, of caresses and songs.
"Sorry I dont have more time... gotta go!!"
She was now in High School and she had to spend most of her time doing homework. The animals growled and roared very furious... the forest was not going to have any of that...
Next week, no animals welcomed her... confused, she followed a strange smell in the air, until she found a huge flower
"Where are the animals?? Why are they not singing?" She wondered, Aura noticed the big flower, and noticed that its insides were like a mouth with fangs, breathing fire from the depths of the womb of the Mother Earth
She stepped back, but the animals appear, blocking her escape. The deers tackled her and pushed her into the flower, the tongue of the strange beast plant grabbed her and pulled her down into her hellish lips, swallowing her into the flaming core of the Mother Earth.
The sacrifice had been done... Aura had been offered to the fertile insides of the Earth, of Gaia, Rhea, Demeter and Persephone. The animals felt guilty, but they knew it was a sacrifice they had to make if they wanted things to be as they were before
Some days passed... and the flower was now a strange huge fruit. The animals ate from it, until only a big seed was left, and they sowed it into the ground. A beautiful tree grew from the seed, its trunk resembling the body of a beautiful woman
The animals started to sing again, and green eyes opened, a human face was visible in the tree
"Welcome back Aura" the deers said
"We hope the Earth Goddesses have been kinda to you, we summoned them with a spell, and offered you to them, so that you would become their daughter, born again from their fiery insides, born to be the Bride of the Forest"
"Now you will never leave us!" the birds declared.
Aura tried to move, but her wooden legs were rooted deep into the ground. She continued growing, finally taking a very gorgeous female human shape.
"I am... a Hamadryad Nymph..." she noticed, remembering the tree women of the greek myths.
Sap instead of blood, wood instead of flesh, honey pouring from her breasts, leaves for hairs and branches for arms...and a big perfumed flower where her pubis used to be
The deers came closer, drinking honey from her, she blushed, moaning slightly as they drank, caressing their fur and petting them
She wasnt angry at them, even when they had sacrificed alive to the voracious goddesses of the depths. She could not hate them... her only feeling now was intense love and devotion to the forest creatures, she created some fruits and fed the birds, and made the plants dance with her earthly spells.
She cured all their wounds with magic, using her very sap as potion to heal them all.
The animals were very happy, but her human friends and parents were very concerned. She had been gone for a month now.
"We will not give up until we find her... possibly dead... body..." a police officer said.
"May be she is in the forest. She may not be dead, only lost. She knows how to survive in the wild" one of her friends suggested.
"We dont have enough police men and the forest is too large, even if you were right, she could be anywhere, and the thick trees would not let us see her"
"But we have to find her!" the boy insisted.
"We can not risk the lives of our rescue teams"
Well, if they were not risking their lives to save her, he was!! That next morning, after filling is backpack with supplies and tools, he escaped to the forest, to find his lost friend Aura.