Etwas the Elf

Etwas the Elf
Our heroine, photo by Maia Ycot

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The elf and the generous mole

Once upon a time, Etwas the Elf was running through the forests of grass, under the canopies of clover and around the stems of tall flowers when a mole popped out of the ground in front of her. 

"How-dy-do, Miss Mole!" Etwas greeted.

"'Ello, Etwas," Miss Mole replied.  "Things are looking up.  How are you, today?"

"Hungry," admitted Etwas.

"Well, I 'ave a rutabaga I found in a garden.  Would you like to share?"

"What's a rutabaga?" Etwas asked.

The mole disappeared down into the new hole and a big white blob took her place.

"Miss Mole, were you stung by a bee?" the elf asked with sincere concern.

The rutabaga rolled out of the hole and the mole reappeared, with some leaves in her teeth.  She popped out and pulled out a purple tuber.  "And this is a beet.  One sec!"  The mole disappeared again and came back dragging a carrot.  Then a radish.  A head of garlic, a potato, an onion!  "Never 'ave better farmers 'arvested so little," the mole explained cryptically.

Etwas took out her little knife and made a salad that the two enjoyed.

And ever since then, it has been conventional wisdom among the elves that while all evil shares a common root, goodness shares many.

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