Etwas the Elf

Etwas the Elf
Our heroine, photo by Maia Ycot

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The little elf and the tol'able snowman

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 the snow started to fall.  Faster and faster it fell.  The drifts began to build, soft snow, the kind a little elf can fall right through.  Indeed, Etwas fell into a drift.

It was warm in the little snow cave her plummet made.  But here's the thing about Elves- if they have no work to do and no tricks to play, they like a little company.  Etwas started to build a snowman to play cards with.  She pulled in snow from the walls of the cave and rolled them up into a big ball.  She went back to the walls and pulled in some more snow to make a smaller ball.  This ball she placed on top of the larger ball.

Then she went back to the walls and pulled in yet more snow and made the snowman's head.  Once that was in place she realized she needed some sticks for arms, some stones for eyes, something stumpy for a nose, a hat and a scarf.  She widened the snow caves walls some more until she reached a mulberry bush buried in snow.

There was a single late mulberry and she pulled the bottom drupes apart to make the snowman's eyes and mouth.  The top of the berry she used for a nose.  She made arms from the vines.  She braided dead mulberry leaves to make a scarf.  All of this she carried back to the snowman and assembled it all.  Then she realized it needed a hat, so she took off her own and placed it on the snowman's head.

Etwas declared her snowman just fine.  "I'll call you 'Snjókall!'" she added.  The wide walls of the snowcave were now too far apart to support the snow on top and the echoes of Etwas' exclamation brought down the roof.

"Guess I'd better get to work," said Snjókall and he started excavating himself and the tiny Elf, using the green elf hat as a pail.  Once they were back under the sky he thanked her especially for the hat.

And ever since then, Etwas always shares something whenever she makes a new friend.

1 comment:

  1. The Adventures of Ewas the Elf and Rascal the Butterfly and Snjókall the Snowman.

    Well, it sounds almost tol'able...