Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Fairwood PressOriginally appeared in Enchanted Forests
Like "Home for Christmas" and "Here We Come A-Wandering", this story has the same recurring character, Matt Black, who appeared in her novel, A Stir of Bones.
In a forest, Matt and Terry settle to do some magic. Matt, who normally doesn't hear trees, but hears this one--an enchanted witch who'd been dueling spells with his sister. Hoffman plays up the awkwaedness of the boy wizard's nakedness as Matt helps out the boy. Not as strong as "Here We Come A-Wandering" possibly because it doesn't develop the relationships or the speculation.