They say the silver giraffe is nocturnal but that’s not true.
He suffers from insomnia.
They say that he will visit you if you leave an apricot out as an offering on a night with a full moon but that’s not true either.
The silver giraffe wanders aimlessly down alleyways and through backyards and parking lots at mid-day or midnight, regardless of moon phase.
He is awfully fond of apricots, that bit is true-ish.
Sometimes he is difficult to see, because he is shiny and reflective and walks very quietly.
They say if you find him he will heal your broken heart and that’s not true true though he often wishes it was.
But if you find him and you ask he will sit with you and listen to your secret sorrows and never tell a soul even if you don’t have an apricot for him. He just appreciates the company.
And you might feel better anyway.
About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.