Etwas the Elf

Etwas the Elf
Our heroine, photo by Maia Ycot

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Etwas and the long Journey, part IV

Once upon a time, Etwas the Elf and Rascal the Butterfly were walking through the Hidden People community of Reykjanesbaer with every intention of flying south for the deepest nights of winter when they stopped to rest on the burst bubble of a long-ago lava.

The ground began to rumble and shake.  Nearby elves emerged from cracks in the rocks and ran.  The sound went "Brr-rr-rr-rr-rr-rr-rr-rr-upp!!!!!!!!!!!"  Etwas and Rascal, comfortable watching the other Elves run were surprised by the burp at the end which shook the rocks they were resting on.

Suddenly, the bubble of stone started to rise.  Etwas and Rascal, who had already travelled farther than they'd ever travelled before were pretty content to ride along and see where this all was heading.  Rascal just hoped for a little bit of south from the ordeal.  Before long, Etwas crawled to the edge of the volcanic dome and looked down at the Earth.  Far below, she could see stones that had been piled on top of one another and which, from this distance, seemed to be in the shape of elves.  That made her proud.

Thunderclapped from below them and Etwas perceived they were moving.  With rascal flittering beside her she crawled down the dome and saw that below the dome there extended a twisted chin and below that an enormous body and below that long legs covered by a black skin of frozen lava.

"Chhhhorrrr!!!!!!!!!" The lava giant sneezed sulfur and blew her and Rascal once more into the wet wind, hurling them far away.  Her last sight of the giant, it was rubbing its obsidian nose and reburying itself into it's hole.  Finally, the air around the pair drained away the inertia and Rascal caught the elf before she tumbled to Earth.  Rascal looked up at the stars and calculated glumly that they'd been blown northwest.

And ever since then, Etwas tries to bless people before they sneeze.

1 comment:

  1. People, blessed or otherwise, do not sneeze sulfur.