Just as the tingling warmth was turning into unbearable heat, just when she thought she would have to drop it or else wither and crumble, the little flame began to ascend. And as it did, she could see and feel the giant...thing starting to wake, to glow from within with sentient power. All around them the air was animated and swaying. So engrossed she was in this general uplift that she almost didn't notice the face now staring back at her, basking in the glow, the image of complete joy. The Queen had awoken.
Another one from the Kingdom Fungi series.