Jenna and Timothy stopped by today to bring me a plate of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies they’d baked together. I asked Timothy what the knights in the pine grove were up to today, and he said that Lady MacElvoy was in deep, deep trouble once again; some of the villains from a nearby kingdom had captured her. The knights had been dispatched to get her back. I said that sounded like tough going. I asked what he thought the villains might be doing at the other castle; were they being mean to Lady MacElvoy? Timothy said he was pretty sure they put her in a dungeon that didn’t have nice views and that they made her eat foods she didn’t like. Terrible, TERRIBLE foods, he added, once he saw my expression and realized that what he’d said about the villains didn’t sound sufficiently awful. Gross foods like spiders, and—here Timothy struggled to come up with something even worse—and baseball cap lasagna. Then he said that a bear was now involved in the story, too. I said wow. He asked if maybe I wanted to come over, because if I did then I could find out for myself what happened next.
How could anyone say no to that?
Jill Riddell is a writer in Chicago. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute and has a weakness for nature, magic, and pennies abandoned in sidewalk cracks.