Etwas the Elf

Etwas the Elf
Our heroine, photo by Maia Ycot

Monday, October 10, 2011

The elf and the bee

Once upon a time, Etwas the Elf was running through the forests of tall grass, under the canopies of clover and around the stems of tall flowers when she looked up and saw a bumblebee filching pollen from an open peony.

Etwas took off her knapsack and threw it around the peony stem and clambered up in the hope of jumping onto the back of the bumblebee.  When she got on top of the big pink bulb, however, the erratic flight path of the bee made the dive almost impossible to time.  In fact, she landed pointy shoe over pointy ear three times having missed the bee entirely.

On the fourth try, however, Etwas held on to the tissue of one peony petal which lowered her slowly and she managed to get her knees on either side of the busy bee's back.

"My gosh, you elves are persistent pests!" said the bumblebee.

And ever since then, Etwas the Elf has used flowers for the slow pursuit of difficult targets, just like humans do. 

1 comment:

  1. Did you know the Qing Dynasty declared the peony its national flower in 1903?