Hazel rubbed her hands over the fire to get warm as the wolves howled in the distance. Zoe drank coffee while Ruby and Finn roasted marshmallows on sticks. Levi was fast asleep back at the castle tower. Their campfire guide Aurora Moon, told them a story about the Greek goddess Astraea, the goddess of innocence.
Illustration by Tincuta
Eos [Roman: Aurora] [English: Dawn] was a Titan Goddess in Greek mythology. She was the goddess of the dawn and was married to Astraeus, god of the dusk and together, they had numerous children that represented everything that occurred during the union of the dusk and the dawn, the twilight. Eos and Astraeus had one daughter named Astraea.
Astraea was the goddess of innocence. Her name meant "star-maiden" and she was on the Earth [the last of the immortals] to live alongside humans during the Golden Age. When the Iron Age dawned, bringing along misery and wickedness, Astraea carried a glowing orb in her hands that turned green when exposed to a yellow sun. Astraea brought the orb to a dark forest where it grew into a silver tree. The tree grew up and up toward the stars in the sky, winding around itself until its branches twisted around and disappeared in a thin trail of starlight and leaves. The silver tree shed silver dew in this manner for the fairies of the enchanted forest for many years.
Zoe heard waves lapping at the shore beneath them, and the valley below was covered in thick mist. Seabirds cried overhead and the small group realized it was dawn. They had to wait for Levi before heading into the enchanted forest.