You have a great storytelling technique here that it reads pretty well. I would suggest that you move the top balloon closer to the speaker otherwise it looks like the tree is talking. Also give those words more room within the balloon. Some of the words are far too close to, and in some instances touching, the balloon edge. The line "Never was I the same again" has the right amount of space. Add that to the other three balloons and it will be perfect. I love your coloring it creates the right mood for this scene. Keep it up!