Prelude 4

It was Liesel's birthday and she sat with her father out in their garden gazing at the night sky. She loved the stars, the way they lavishly speckled the night, winking at the little people watching below. They had done this many times before, her father pointing out the stars and constellations he knew the names of, but tonight was special – she had a new telescope and they were going to look at moon craters.

She had always wondered why there was supposed to be a man in the moon, when with so much eye shadow and mascara it must be a woman. Tonight she even thought she saw a hint of rouge but that couldn't be. Her father said he thought she was probably right and they laughed together.

Mum brought out hot chocolate and marshmallows and they stood a while together looking at Lady Moon.