“Wait!” cried the tree. “That is not all I have to say. Please do not abandon me so soon.”
The girl, having run off, did not hear the distraught plant. She continued frolicking through the forest. Her thoughts drifted back to her conversation with the tree. How could it speak with no brain, or less importantly, no mouth? Curious, she went back to investigate.
“Oh! You’re back. Wonderful. Wonderful. How am I speaking? Well, it’s rather complicated, and I don’t have much time.”
“Hum. I don’t know. It’s as if I’m confined to an arbitrary word limit. How...”