For the first day of spring, the fairies wove their favourite magics. They coaxed snowdrops from the earth and promised the robins sweet treats if they would sing their happiest songs. A few fairies even the pinched the tails of a dozen squirrels to set them to scolding and fill the forest with the chatter of the season. The cobwebs hidden under eaves and forgotten in garden sheds were hung with dewy baubles and the fairies danced a reel beneath them, just for luck.

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