Julia sat watching Gaia swim in the thermal water pool in Campo Vignoni at night. Nobody was around, the moon was shining in the black water, Gaia waved her hand out of the water as she swam towards Julia, then turned around. The air was still, there was nobody else in the pool, nor overlooking the pool from the low wall. Julia climbed it and sat with her legs hanging above the water. The moon was so bright that she could see herself in the water.
If you come in I will teach you, said Gaia.
Next time, said Julia. She liked to watch Gaia swim, liked the smell of the thermal water, the light of the moon, the light mist above the water as the air got colder.
If it gets more misty I may lose you, said Julia.
I will always find you if you stay where you are, said Gaia.
Gaia was swimming in the air, she made watery sounds as she swam among the clouds, towards the moon. Julia took her notebook out and made a drawing of the pool, the mist, the moon. When they came home, after dinner, Julia told Gaia the story of the girl who swam to the moon. Gaia added a number of details to the story and asked Julia to hear it again for months.