152 THE SECRET GARDEN
" He's gone," she said wofully. " Oh! was he — was he — was he only a wood fairy? "
Something white fastened to the standard rosebush caught her eye. It was a piece of paper — in fact, it was a piece of the letter she had printed for Martha to send to Dickon. It was fastened on the bush with a long thorn, and in a minute she knew Dickon had left it there. There were some roughly printed letters on it and a sort of picture. At first she could not tell what it was. Then she saw it was meant for a nest with a bird sitting on it. Underneath Were the printed letters and they said:
" I will cum bak."