“Come here. Take a look at this.”
“Ugh, hold on one second,” Jenny said as she put down her small blue hand shovel.
She loved that shovel. She had been in the middle of repotting a tiny Ming her and her husband just purchased. The Ming looked like a small tiny pine tree with fluffy green spines spurting out all over. Her and her husband Lou retired just about three months ago now and they had become avid gardeners. Jenny rearranged her area and slowly started to get up. She can’t move as fast as she used. Everything seemed to creek and crack now as she moved about. Placing her hand underneath her, up she went, straightened her back, stretched her legs and headed towards her husband. She had been sitting up on their patio underneath the shade of a large willow tree that filled one side of the house. They considered their patio to be their oasis. Its floor was flush with brick red pavers laid in shapes of diamonds and rectangles. It was now overflowing with lush green plants and blooming flowers too. She shuffled around their fire pit and head out into the yard to where her husband Lou was kneeling down. He had been at the back of their property snipping and tweezing some of their show bushes.
As she got closer she noticed something new below bushes. Lou gave her an odd look and gesture.
“Jenny, do you see what I’m seeing?”
She felt her body stiffen, like she had been hit with a stun gun.
“Lou, what is that?”
The shadow below the bush covered a small, what seemed to be, community. They looked like Polly Pocket house’s made out of dirt, grass, twigs and rubbish. Jenny thought out loud, “you think this is just some kid’s thing? It looks so unusual though, like something lives there.”
Lou picked up a small stick beside his left foot.
“What are you doing? Don’t mess with it! It might be some neighborhood kids’ thing. Just leave it. Come help me up by the patio.”
“Shhhhh,” he said.
“AAAAAARRRGHHHHHhhhhhhhhhh ooohhhhhhhhhhhh,” they heard, in a loud whisper.
Both of their mouths dropped as they looked at each other. It was a tiny little yellow looking human that could have been mixed with a gecko and cat running towards them. It had miniature cat ears and a lengthy reptile tail with small hands and feet. It had a tiny white t-shirt on too, no pants.
Although neither of them had any idea what this thing was, they didn’t feel nervous or scared.
“Hello?” said Lou.
They could both tell the little things’ mouth was moving but they couldn’t make anything out. Jenny nudge Lou with her elbow and nodded her head. Lou lowered his hand to the small creature motioning it to climb on.
The creature gave a nod and proceeded to head into Lou’s hand. Once the creature had seemed to settle in and sit securely, Lou began to lift his hand from the ground. As the creature got closer into both Jenny and Lou’s vision they could distinguish more details. It had bright yellow colored skin and short orangish red spikey hair. Its skin seemed scaly but soft thin feathers wisped in the breeze, almost unnoticeable. Its eyes were big and round, like puppy dog eyes.
As the creature hit eye level, it moved its tiny hands towards its mouth, as if to shout.
“HI, I’M TONY!”