Etwas the Elf

Etwas the Elf
Our heroine, photo by Maia Ycot

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Elf and the pink snake

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 saw a small pink snake slithering past her through the turf.  "Ahoy, Miss Snake!  Come play with me!" Etwas yelled after her.

The snake paid Etwas no mind but continued its slithering so Etwas dashed around a clump of sedge and almost caught up.  "Hey! Miss snake! I know a lot of slippery games!  Come play with me."

Still the snake continued away so Etwas darted around some cowpeas and leapt onto the snake's back.  The snake stopped her side-to-side swishing and began instead some up and down rushing.  Etwas hung on and looked up towards the snake's head.  She discovered it was not a snake at all she was riding but the tail of a rat.

On the surprised rat charged!  Over hummocks and into thistles and through goat's head weeds and under reeds and around a bramble brush.  Still Etwas clung on until the exhausted rat lay down panting on the edge of a pond.  There Etwas jumped off the tail and picked some of the stickers that had stuck her.  She dusted herself off and skipped home.

And ever since then, Etwas the Elf has been cautious with vipers in pastel.

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