company of his instinctual guides, the Flounes, Child experiences wonder,
fear and courage. Unexpectedly, the Bungees-extraordinary yellow bird-like
creatures dive from the treetops. At first, Child runs and hides, fearing
the unfamiliar enormous bird that appears before him. His courage building,
Child moves closer, startled yet amazed at the free-flying creatures. In awe
of their graceful acrobatic movements, Child stretches out his arms, anxious
to experience the wild freedom of their aerial ballet. The Bungees
fantastic performance is only a hint of what is to come for Child. Just as
childhood can pass quickly, the Bungees suddenly grab hold and hurl
the Universal Child into adolescence, in a dramatic rite of passage.
Wondrous creatures, too, inhabit the forest. From Mystère: The Palmiers (big orange creatures
that look like giant Pumpkins), a Giant Stork and the double-face of the Asticots, a creature who
slithers the lengths of the giant trees. But it is the Bungees that capture the child's attention.
For the first time, fear, wonder and courage appear within him as the flamboyantly costumed birds
appear from the heavens. They take hold of him and propel him to another plane... another stage of
development: into adolescence!