Bess watched the sparks as they floated silently into the air while Emma poked at the bonfire with her stick. Grandpa and the girls had been walking in the Great Woods on this crisp fall afternoon and he had promised that they could sit by the fire until dark. Colored leaves fell gently to the forest floor and the sounds of the animals could be heard all around them. Occasionally they caught a glimpse of Daniel Deer peering at them through the trees. Olivia Owl settled onto a branch in a twisted locust tree and watched the girls with her big round eyes.