Mon 28 Apr 2014
The edge of pond deep in an old forest. The water in the pond is dark. The grasses along the shore are shaggy and overgrown. A fairy named Yuli is landing on a plant along the edge of the pond. Crouching in the water in the pond is Teeglop, a frog with the face of a human.
Yuli (sing-song): Teeeeglop, I came to talk to yoouuuuuu.
Teeglop: Come a little closer, Yuli. My tongue can’t quite reach you from here.
Yuli is lying on a leaf that is bending down under her weight.
Yuli: I’m good.
Teeglop is looking up.
Teeglop: I could serve you some tea.
Yuli is sitting up and considering the offer.
Yuli: I do like tea.
Teeglop is looking up at Yuli. Yuli is looking solemnly back at her.
Teeglop: Come down and I’ll make you some.
Yuli: Will you offer me comfort of your home and hearth?
Teeglop is rolling her eyes.
Yuli is leaning forward with one eyebrow raised high.
Yuli: And keep me from harm as the oath of the host demands?
Teeglop’s expression is sullen. Yuli is smiling broadly and flying down to meet her.
Teeglop: By my oath I am bound.
Yuli is following Teeglop through the water and plants.
Teeglop: One of these visits, you’ll forget to ask for the oath.
Teeglop: On that day, you will make a delicious meal.
Yuli is still following Teeglop. Yuli has a happy, empty-headed expression on her face. She is trying to conceal the fact that she is lying. Teeglop’s expression is skeptical.
Yuli: Did you know that tea turns fairies poisonous?
Inside of a chamber carved from the earth. Teeglop and Yuli are sitting at a small wooden table. Teeglop is pouring Yuli tea. The walls of the chamber are decorated with beetle carapaces and insect wings. The severed head of a fairy hangs from the ceiling.
Teeglrop: So, did you hear why Muckgully did to the river rats in Elegy’s Bog yesterday?