Sigmund followed the map very carefully for several days. He wandered
deeper and deeper into the forrest until he had almost come out the other
side. He found the little hut that was on the map and inside of the
dark hut he found the thing that knew all about blue flowers. She was a
very nice thing and very happy to help anyone who was interested in blue
flowers AND she knew exactly where a blue flower with 9 petals was. She
told Sigmund where to find it and he thanked her and ran off at top speed
to fo find it.
Out of breath he arived at the flower. He counted the petals and then
he counted them again in disbelief. There were exactly nine petals. He
picked up the flower and started on the long, long journey home.
As he got closer to home he looked at the flower and thought about how
happy it was going to make Septida. Then he thought about how sad it
was going to make him. As soon as he presented her with the flower she
would be leaving right away. For a moment he thought about how he had
done much more than he had to just by finding her the shiny pink stone.
He could hide the flower and no one would ever know.
He was ashamed of himself for even thinking about that. Septida had
never been anything but wonderful to him. In his hand he held the key
to her happiness and all he needed to do was give it to her.
So that's exactly what he did.
Septida was so happy. She told Sigmund that she would never forget him
and how wonderful he had been to her. With her smooth pink stone in one
hand and her rare blue flower in the other hand she took off right away
to be with Hamlich.
Sigmund left also. He did not want to talk to any of his friends or
play any of his music. He just wanted to wander Harmonica and find some
place far away where he was not known.
Even in the new places he went to people were very impressed with Sigmund.
Many things had never even heard of a one-armed thing and they were very
impressed with the careful and skillful way he went about doing things.
Some days he felt like making lots of new friends. Other days he felt like
wandering around by himself and being alone with his thoughts.
One day while wandering alone he thought the places around him seemed
familiar. He was far from home but he was sure that he'd been at this
same spot before. He thought about it. He looked around. He thought
about it some more and then he realized why it was familiar. It was
very near to the forest with the hut where the flower thing lived.
Since he was nearby he figured he would drop in and pay her a visit.
He would tell her how it went with the flower and thank her once more
for being so helpful. She was very glad to see him again.
Sigmund admired her very long list that she kept along the black wall
of the locations of all of the blue flowers that she knew about. Sigmund
had come across a great many blue flowers while looking for one with 9
petals so he took some time and wrote down a list of where he had seen
She was so grateful to Sigmund for the list. She put it in a safe
place and then went to cross the 9 petaled flower off the list on the
back wall. When she turned around she had no arms on her back. None!
Sigmund smiled and found a chair and prepared to stay a while to get
to know her better and to have her know him.