Gender: Male Age: 53 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
Traveling through the forest was interesting but I learned something. Never try arguing with a woman or a rabbit. I glanced to the side as the wagon slowed and stopped arguing with Ann about the taste of certain roots. The first small house was partially collapsed and a man and his wife were staring at us. Children were crowding around the fence and whispering.
I gestured and the wagon stopped, I could see more damaged houses in the village ahead and was curious, “excuse me but I was wondering what happened.”
The man and woman looked at each other and an older boy spoke up, “it was the giant.”
I blinked, “a giant? One came out of the deep woods?”
They nodded and I turned to look at Sarah who had decided to stop pretending she was asleep. She shifted and rose up, “how long ago and why did it damage the houses?”
The man cleared his throat, “it just yelled and roared and kicked and hit.”
I frowned, a giant didn’t normally leave the deep woods and even then they had learned to avoid people. I turned to climb down and absently helped Sarah and the others. Kent screamed as he dropped down and landed on the wagon roof. I walked around the house and then stopped and whispered a couple of spells.
The house shook and groaned before it began to shift and when it stopped it was whole. I nodded in satisfaction and headed towards the next house and then the next until I had repaired all the houses. I returned to the wagon to see Sarah playing with a dozen children.
Ann, Tom and Peter had also found a following and I shook my head before looking at the wagon, “would you mind parking across the road?”
It turned and rolled off the road and stopped on the edge of the field. I looked at the roof, “did you happened to see the giant Kent?”
He shook his head and I sighed, “a pity.”
I knelt and placed my palm on the ground before murmuring a spell. When I was done I cut grass to make a chair and sat back to wait. Sarah put her head in my lap and I shifted and glanced around, “it is getting late.”
She nodded, “the children went to eat and I sent the others out to hunt for dinner.”
I caressed her face as I leaned back, “the giant should return tonight.”
She sat up, “what are you going to do?”
I shrugged, “find out why it is here and either stop it or help.”
Sarah sighed as she looked into the grass as the others began returning. I murmured and a fire sprang up in front of the chair. Hunter was the first to return with a fat rabbit. I whispered another spell and cleaning it before stretching the skin. A pot appeared and the rabbit fell apart as it went into the pot.
Ann, Tom and Peter tossed in what they had found and Sarah added salt from the wagon. As my friends settled around me after dinner I relaxed and tried to think of a reason the giant had come out of the deep forest. It was a few hours later that the earth shook and I stood. I whispered a spell that made the earth shake before the giant was suddenly stomping out of the darkness.
He yelled and started for my wagon with a tree sized club before tripping and falling. The earth shook as he crashed to the ground and I gestured. Grass wove into vines that snaked over his legs and held him down while more caught his wrists and yanked them out to the sides. He jerked and roared as earth rose around his body.
He sank down until he was just below the ground level. I walked to the edge and knelt beside his head to look into his eyes. He kept struggling as I cleared my throat, “now you will either return to the deep forest or never leave this hole.”
He glared and jerked and I waited as the vines groaned. I sighed and whispered a spell and his body began sinking again as if he were in water. His head lifted until it was above the ground and awhile later the earth stopped moving. I pulled my chair close to his head and sat, “now how long do you think you will survive buried like this?”
I could see him trying to move and stood, “we will speak again in the morning.”
I murmured a silencing spell as I walked towards the wagon. I woke to Sarah patting me and lifted my head, “what?”
“The villagers are gathered by the giant.”
I sighed and slowly moved out of bed and stretched. I dressed and walked out to see the people looking at the giant and murmuring angrily. I dismissed the silencing spell as I walked to my chair, “breakfast Sarah.”
She came out and I heard her grump, “like I have hands.”
I looked back and grinned as I sat in my chair. I looked at the giant and ignored the people, “now where was I?”
He growled and I shook my head, “still not speaking?”
I leaned back and whispered a spell and a bowl of steaming cereal came out of the wagon and to me. I caught it and glanced at the villagers as I took a bite, “good morning.”
They stared and a little girl grinned, “good morning.”
That started the others and they all wished me a good morning. I looked at the giant when I finished eating and sent the wooden bowl back into the wagon, “I really need your answer giant. I must be on my way and unless you wish to remain in the ground you need to speak.”
He growled, “little people cut my trees.”
I blinked and leaned back before looking at the villagers and then back at the giant, “in the deep forest?”
He glared and didn’t speak and I sighed, “the forest edge does not belong to you.”
One of the villagers cleared his throat and I looked at him as he held his hat, “we always plant new trees when we cut a tree down.”
I blinked and looked at the giant as he turned his head, “did you know that?”
He shook his head and I shrugged, “perhaps you need to speak to the people instead of bashing things with a club?”
He frowned and I turned to see Sarah pulling the children away. I looked at the villagers, “perhaps you and the giant should talk.”
I started walking and ignored the crowd of villagers that closed in on the giant. I walked around the village clearing just inside the forest. I was hoping they would come to an agreement because I did not want to kill. As noon approached I turned and headed towards my wagon. Only the village men were in front of the giant when I reached them.
I sat and accepted a thick cheese sandwich from Ann and started eating. The giant cleared his throat, “I work for little people.”
I looked at the villagers and one stepped out, “we are willing to forgive the giant if he helps us.”
I frowned, “any deal must work both ways or things will remain unbalanced.”
They looked at each other as I looked at the giant, “perhaps you could exchange work.”
The giants looked at the villagers, “not need.”
I smiled, “really? What about having them plant new trees in the deep forest?”
The giant blinked, “not think of that.”
I gestured and the earth shook as he began to rise out of the ground, “the next time you come out to smash I will not be happy.”
He nodded as he rubbed his arms and I looked at the villagers, “satisfied now?”
They nodded and I stood, “Sarah time to go.”
I helped her up onto the seat and then the others who moved onto the roof. I climbed up and glanced at the people talking with the giant before gesturing for the wagon to go.
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