“The Professor will be so happy. We have proven that the Virtues really do work to create Return to Paradise,” Happy the Bluebird chattered excitedly.
If Happy and Bright-Wings the Cardinal could have seen just behind their backs, they would have noticed that inside each of their backpacks was a glowing Virtue stone. Bright and steady as a star, each stone shone with the word Wonder.
“Thank you, God,” Professor Tortoise whispered to herself. Then she looked out the window, saying, “Thank you, Happy and Bright-Wings,” to the two birds as they flew in through the window of her office, “for the Virtue Mission accomplished.”
“Time for a party!” exclaimed Happy.
“Good idea,” said Bright-Wings. “Professor Tortoise, do you happen to have a bowl of water around? I am quite thirsty.”
“Here you go. A big bowl of sparkling, clear water for both of you. Let’s celebrate Return to Paradise,” said the beaming Professor. So they did.