Izzy stared at her bloody hands not sure what to do about them. The crazed man who’d tried to cut her tree down had come so close to success that she’d had to do the only solution that came to her…. become the same.
While Izzy was a host to a great many animals, and indeed a portal to a great many realms, no one really worried about the tree of life. Her inhabitants had begun to leave her more and more often to see to their many schemes and dreams and to foster their progeny and pets. Izzy didn’t worry. Tree’s just don’t worry. But then she was faced completely alone with a man and an axe.
Crazed people rarely realize that they can end existence. They don’t think they’ll die and they don’t even think the people they go to kill will die either. They just don’t see things that way. Izzy thought he would flail at her, lose his drive and go find some windmill somewhere to tilt at. But he was different. He was properly armed, and her attendants were off visiting the nine realms and she was utterly alone and apparently completely vulnerable. It was rather a stunning feeling actually. She had never been “vulnerable” before and for a while she enjoyed the novelty of it. Then he hit her. And then he hit her again and her life force started to flow from the wound. Stunned, she wondered if she could actually die. Of course she couldn’t die! She was the tree of life! She connected all of the realms, and every living thing was a child of hers… even this, this….
Izzy couldn’t believe it. She hated this man. Izzy had never felt hatred, jealously, or love. Izzy was a tree for the love of life! But then when the third strike struck… well, Izzy found a new a new emotion. Fear. Considering her options Izzy decided to defend herself. Izzy dropped a golden acorn she’d been saving in her highest bow and Izzy gave birth to herself.
The crazed man really never stood a chance. She’d birthed herself into a lithe and strong self, and was motivated to save not only herself but her realms and her animal companions. But the blood on her hands really did intrigue her and annoy her. What now?