Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Squirrel






It was a glorious morning.

I could not finish my breakfast, and pestered the nurse to push my wheelchair to the garden.

When I was comfortable sitting under the big oak in the southwest corner of the garden, I opened my book and prepared to start to read.

Just then a small red squirrel came down from the tree and hiding an acorn under the blanket on my legs, looked at me and said:

"Please, keep my lunch for me, it won't be more than an hour"

"How come!" I answered between astounded and bemused. "Squirrels do not speak, lest of all in English"!

"You are right!" the little thing said, adding while it mounted on my knees, "but it happens I am a very beautiful princess who had the misfortune to incur in the wrath of a powerful sorcerer, doubting his power, and he decided to turn me into a squirrel until a fairy accept to dinner with me and eat this acorn I hid in your blanket".

"Oh, Oh", I said "maybe I can help", and closing my eyes I went into my mind looking for Elf.

I found him under a pompous sentence exhaled by some obscure philosopher and anchored in my mind who knows why. He was trying to avoid being found, but I could see part of his rump coming out between an adverb and a verb.

"What's the matter, imp". I addressed him. "Why are you trying to keep away from me?"

"Don't call me «imp»!" He was trying to deviate the conversation, but I didn't let him.

"Stop procrastinating" I used this word on purpose to impress the goblin, but I should know I can impress a wasp easier then my elf!

"Why are you trying to avoid to help a lady in distress?"

"Lady in distress, my foot! Are you so naive as to swallow that deception?"

"Explain yourself", I was reaching that dangerous area where I start to lose my contact with Elf, and stop understanding his words and allusions.

"Now look, my pet!!" he lilted pointedly and looking at me searching for reactions, which he got easily.

"Don't call me «my pet», you abnormal midget", the words have not been out of my mouth that I was regretting my rage.

On the other hand, Elf was happy with the result of his insult.

"You call me «imp» in the first time!", he said smiling, and trying to hide the smile turning around, but he forgot the glass door where his figure reflexes clearly.

"I did not mean it as an insult!" I lied through my teeth!!

"Ha, ha" was Elf answer, "as if I do not know you since your birth!"

"OK, OK", I know when I lose a skirmish, which is, always! "OK, but do not digress, why you doubt our squirrel being a lady in distress?"

"Because she is the daughter of Sorcerer Urdomar, who was expelled from Galwrst because his bad habits." Elf seemed happy to disclose this news.

I asked, making a failing effort to hide my curiosity: "What habits?"

"Oh, I cannot reveal that information, it is classified" Elf was very happy of seeing how easily I fell in his trap of making me desire to know something and refusing to tell me! He is a very devious sprite, I can tell you!

"How do you know she is the daughter of Urdomar"? I asked.

"How do you know your nose is yours?" He retorted sarcastically, avoiding to answer my question.

"All right", I gave up, "what wrong has she done being the involuntary daughter of a rascal?"

"She is not an «involuntary daughter», as you call her so poetically. Except for Fairies, all others being born in Galwrst has the opportunity to choose their parents when their tales and fables begin!"


"To choose their parents?! What are you saying?!" "You are an unborn being until your parents conceive you. Unborn, you hear? How can you make any choosing if you do not exist yet!"

Elf searched in all his pockets making a big demonstration of thoroughness until he extracted from an inner pouch of his green tunic a small spoon, and offered it to me.

"What is this?" I asked confused.

"It is a spoon, you moron!" Elf was enjoying the situation.

"Don't call me moron, you oaf!!" I cried. "I know it is a spoon, I am asking you what do you mean giving it to me!"

"Oh, I thought it was evident". Elf was smirking with all his face, I felt the need to kick his gums!

"Now, look", I was mad beyond reason, "I will carve your skull with this spoon!" And threw the utensil at his right eye! But Elf is a fast goblin and was sitting on the Archive of Obsolete Ideas long before the spoon left my hand!

"I reckon you have not an iota of humor in your system", the sprite said this words with fruition.

"Oh yeah?", I was still angry, more because I didn't understand the bizarre sense of humor of Elf than because his actions.

"So, where was the humor in offering me a spoon?!" I was curious despite myself.

"Man that was clear as an icicle!", he seemed surprised I didn't understand his prank: "With it, you can stir the rice pudding you have between your ears and understand better what I am telling you!"

I was already seeing red, and ready to jump over the midget, even if I knew I was not going to get near him, fast as he is, but he raised his hand and said with a disarming smile:

"Sorry, sorry, pal! Promise not to joke again, remember I have a tale to tell you about the bad sorcerer and his  daughter, and as you see they both already exist, before I tell you who their parents are, so they can choose anyone they want, of course, in that case we will have a different story for each new selection of ancestors! Do you understand, now?

The interest about the story stopped me to keep arguing, and looking to the small squirrel still sitting on my legs (all this I wrote seems long, but it was developing at mind speed, so all the things that happened have taken less than a few seconds) I got back my attention to Elf and I waited for his tale.

"Once upon a time", the goblin started out of the blue, he cannot control his zany thoughts!

"Oh no!" I cried, "do not start it like that!"

"OK, OK!", he seemed to think a bit and went on:

"A time upon a once", shoot the unrepentant imp, and quickly added, as if trying to stop me to interrupt him again, "after the ugly events occurred during the eviction of humankind from Galwrst, we lived a beautiful and peaceful life under the rule of King Oberon and Queen Titania, but unfortunately, the last tremors left by the human trek towards East of Galwrst brought some evil circumstances to take place while we were unaware of those facts."

"Hidden between the roots of Yggdrasil (the old Tree of Life), one of the trunks that should have been deported with the rest of the evil plants to Niflheim (The Northern Darkness by Horror Realm), and was forgotten by the Dusky Harbingers, the officials in charge to clear up the mess in what was  left of Galwrth, despite it has been clearly marked), between its roots, I wrote, there was a last Egg of the dragon Níohöggr, who was also the father of the devious snake who misguided poor Meve to bite the fateful apple, or whatever."

"Meve?" I could not help myself. "Who's Meve?"

"Himmel und Wetter!" Wrongly quoted the goblin for Himmeldonnerwetter! And added as if more swearing was needed: "By the bifid tongue of the fourth head of the Lernaean Hydre! Can't you try and use your rice pudding to think a little bit?" This seemed to calm him, so he added slowly as if talking to a small child:"

"Meve was the second wife of Mada, when Lilith decided to leave Galwrst because she felt she was not considered as important as Mada, Meve was then created so as not to leave Mada alone!"

"Is that clear, now?" Elf said this putting his mind-nose against mine.

The urchin could not stop himself from raising his voice more than necessary.

"Yes!" I said, but it was not clear at all. The problem was that if I would have said «No», Elf would have been sidetracked starting another story and I would be so confused as to lose the thread about Urdomar and the squirrel, so I decided to wait and ask Elf about, eeehh... Mada and Meve in other occasion.

"OK, then, I was telling you that there was an Egg hidden under the roots of Yggdrasil, from this Egg, hatched Urdomar, the wicked sorcerer, first as an disgusting snake, then taking the shape of a magnificent Magician clad in a blue robe and depicting a venerable old face that hid all the evil nestled in his soul."

"As soon as Urdomar realized he went unnoticed, his brain started to cook up a perverted plot to kill the King and the Queen, and destroy Galwrst."
"Urdomar was careful to keep a low profile in the roots of Yggdrasil, and started to concoct a new breed of a vicious big tree which he named Wild Oak, full of an evil sap that concentrated in the acorns and had the power to induce heinous behaviour in those unfortunate fairy beings who smell, eat, touch, or come in contact, in any form, with those fruits."

"All those maleficent properties could only affect Fairies, not humans, since the latter had been already corrupted by that apple or something of the kind."

"With the acorn-weapon ready, Urdomar only needed an innocent way to introduce them into Galwrst and produce havoc in all the place. When everything were distorted and corrupted, using his power to control extreme moral wickedness, he would became the Ruler and Owner of Galwrst, and from there, through the mighty forces the Wonder World have with its fables, stories, and tales, using the now ugly dwellers, transform all the Universe into the Original Chaos!"

If you didn't realize yet of the fact that Elf has taken all my attention and interest with his story, I am telling you now, HE HAS!!

"Stealthily leaving his lair under Yggdrasil roots, and adopting the figure of a benevolent old man, he started to look for somebody ready to help him in his plot."

"It was not an easy task, Galwrth has no inhabitant with enough evil to follow our ugly Sorcerer, and after a long time without success, he decided to leave Galwrst and look for help between the dwellers of the plains at the East of Galwrst, but then again, the place was full of people devising their own bad actions, and nobody was ready to help him, since he looked as an old crazy man who thought that Fairies existed."

"Finally when he was in despair, and doubting his plan could reach any success, he found, under a heap of snow an almost death creature. It was a little red squirrel that winter had mistreated badly. He took her to his hut, made her comfortable and fed it. In time the little animal gained strength and was in good health."

"Taking advantage of the innocence in the squirrel, Urdomar convinced the little being in accepting the job to carry the acorns from Yggdrasil roots to the Wotdras House (the meeting place where, in a few days, Gwitnd Drwosten or the Flowers Seasons would be celebrated), it would pass as a token from Mkdwpls, the White Witch, to the Fairies."


"In exchange for this service Squirrel would be turned into a human being, daughter of Urdomar and heir of his power. Of course, Urdomar did not say what all that meant and if there was any truth in all those promises." 

"This is how Squirrel became the voluntary daughter of Urdomar and slowly was being infected by his evilness."

"In time for the Flowers Seasons, the two conspirators got back to Galwrst, it was a difficult operation since Squirrel was using some «real» cells, in her body yet, and as anybody knows, no one can get into Fairyland donned with that filthy, and decayed raiment."

It was so long that Elf was talking alone that I felt the need to answer his statement, so I said:

"No, I didn't know that"

"I know you didn't know, you cad! It was just a rhetoric question!" After shouting, Elf seemed feeling better.

"Well, as soon as Squirrel could walk on Galwrst, she and the sorcerer started to carry the acorns to the Wotdras House and decorate windows and doors with them"
"When the work was done Urdomar and Squirrel sat hiding under a big fern near the door to see the spectacle."

I was so gripped by the story that could not stop to ask:

"What happened?"

"Hushhhh" answered Elf, "you destroy the suspense."

"I do not know if you are aware how things were created in the Universe". Elf went on with almost not change in his voice.

"Most things were created", he added, "as the consequence of an action which following the old order of equivalence produced a reaction that in turn gave the needed elan or need for the emergence of the thing created."

"Is that clear?" Asked the gnome with an innocent look in his face.

"I..." I was torn between believing the innocent look of Elf, and the urge to make a sailor knot with his neck!

"Now, you were telling me the story of Urdomar and the Squirrel! What in the name of all types of sociopath fairies that there are in the Universe, has this «creation digression»" to do with the tale?!"

"As a preface to your extemporaneous question", Elf spoke soberly, "I must tell you that there are no sociopaths, psychopath, or any other misfits created by humankind between our ranks in Galwrth. All us, in Fairyland, are perfectly normal, even witches, orcs, or any other supposedly evil creatures, and not in the sense you human beings give to the word «normal». Also, if you tried to think, instead of having a tantrum each time you are not satisfied with the development of things, you'd get the whole reason of everything in the world."

He was speaking reasonably, so I was bound to listen in silence. Although making a great effort to stop the tirade of ideas, and words that I got gathered in my throat.

"This point cleared", followed the sprite, "I am still asking you if you have understood how an action create a reaction in a different direction"

Fearing to open my mouth, and let the waterfall of words flood my mind, I just nodded twice.

"Very well", the imp looked satisfied, "now, this is what happened in our story!"

"When Meve bit the apple or whatever fruit she bit, produced, with that action, a reaction that cancelled all evil, true evil in Galwrth, and only left some curious stimulus needed to keep the stories born in Fairyland full of adventures and mysteries"
"So it was, that at the moment Queen Titania, and King Oberon crossed the threshold of the Gate into the Wotdras House, all the evil instilled into the acorn reverted toward a song of peace, and the acorns, following the predicted reaction transformed themselves into beautiful golden bells tolling a new noel."

"While these things were happening in Wotdras House, the few acorn left hidden in Yggdrasil roots started to change into golden bells and the tree began to decay and rot very quickly, so it, with the Wild Oak created by Urdomar were sent to Niflheim (The Northern Darkness by Horror Realm) where they belonged, as a swift magic reaction."

"At the same time", Elf seemed oblivious of his environment, with a look of  holiness giving a new light to his face. "At the same time, Urdomar was bathed in a dark shadow, marking him as the maker of a clear malevolence".

"While the fairies danced around the two rascals to see them better, Puck, the court jester, following a signal of King Oberon knitted a close spiderweb around both villains, who could not move in any way."

"The royal dyad had a small conference and then King Oberon addressed to Urdomar:"

"You, maleficent creature, who took advantage of all the good in Galwrth to destroy it, must be treated in kind".

"You cannot be exiled to the East of Galwrth since there is a major Evil over there and then it won't be a punishment. Neither can you stay in Fairyland since your evil is too big, so there is only a course of events we, the Queen and I, agree as fair to your behaviour".

"From now on you will be imprisoned into a Magic Mirror in Asgard until Loki started the Götterdämmerung, that is, The Twilight of the Gods, then you will be released to fight along with Loki in the Ragnarök, the last battle before the End of the World.  

Your Fate, as those of all the Nordic Gods and Goddesses will be decided at that moment."

Then looking at the squirrel Oberon pronounced:

"You, little rogue, have not enough evil in yourself to follow your master, so you will be sent to the East of Galwrth trying to make all the fairies you find there to eat your acorn, but with not success, so, you will learn a lesson on useless bad activities".

"This verdict is effective as of now". As soon as King Oberon said the last word, Urdomar was seen entering the Magic Mirror and stay in there as a reflection of nothing, and the squirrel disappeared from sight.

The Royal Pair ordered to start the celebrations and everybody had a very good time.
"So you see", Elf went on with a sigh, "the squirrel you have on your knee is no other than the rascal daughter of Urdomar trying to give her acorn to me"

"She wont be successful, as the sentence states". Elf was amused, and added:

"Look at the acorn she hid under the blanket on your legs"

I raised the blanket and before my amazed eyes I could see a Golden Little Bell tolling a noel never heard before.

 
 The music is Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra led by Claudio Abbado, and Stephen Hough as solist in piano.


© 2015 Od Liam.

6 comments:

  1. Da da da- a Golden Little Bell? I was trying to guess where she gone? For sure I need to fuel my brain cells and repeat- as if I can grasp the action from the reaction into different direction!!

    BTW I was about to ask if you there yet! Glad to find you- :))

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    1. We are living inside a Golden Little Bell which is Tolling for Us, Ernest Hemingway was the first human being who heard its sound.
      Keep trying, pal! action is always answered by a reaction! :)

      Thank you, dude... Still at large! :))

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  2. Hello Od,
    So happy to see you after a long time, I hope all is well.
    Poor little squirrel , I feel sorry for her but I think the punishment given by the king was right.She will surely learn a lesson.

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    1. My dear Auntie!!

      I am so happy to read your lines again. Fate seems to get the idea that everything will go on as usual, at least for a while :), for which I am grateful!

      Yes, Oberon and Titania are very wise rulers. I asked Squirrel to dinner with me and bring along her acorn, but she refused... You see I am not a sprite, so she is not interested. :)

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  3. I’m smiling. At last, you’re back again with your wonderful tale. Who could beat you with the story of Elf? It’s always a pleasure indeed reading your post with that protagonist – Elf.

    What I like most about Elf is, he could always tell us what we can’t see and we don’t know just because we are humans and he a sprite, and therefore have the knowledge right at his finger tips about what’s in “the other side of life”, no matter how obsolete they are.

    I like Elf’s language errors. They make me giggle. Himmel und Wetter!

    I don’t know if the acorn had changed into The Golden Bell or Elf is up to his trick again – getting the acorn (good for him) and you’re left with The Golden Bell?

    Thank you so much, Od, for sharing another very interesting story which I enjoyed so much!

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    1. Your smile is a sunshine! :)

      Thank you for all your words, BB. Elf think the same than you, that is, he is the perfect protagonist, and that he should write the stories... and who knows? Maybe he does!

      He is a very smart fairy, you can relay on him for most news on the world, even if they are trivia.

      Yes! Sometimes you can pin him on something wrong, but he would never accept the blame!

      I am still hearing the noel so, one way or other, he got his way... as always! :)

      Thank YOU, my dear. I cannot be better rewarded than when my tales make you happy!

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