Good day, my good friends, is it true, am I really back from the scariest and wildest ride I ever had? I have no wish to repeat it
tho it will live in my memory forever. My legs had no feeling when I stepped to the ground and my first thought was to kiss
dear old Terra Firma and I did. That Fairie was correct when she said, you are almost ‘there’. In this case, ‘there’ being kin to Terra Firma for sure. I wonder now, is my new dizziness caused by the ride or trying to put the last few lines I wrote in proper order? I will leave you, the reader, to figure it out.
The Nether Folk are conspicuous by their absence here today.
They are very secretive when talking about their activities and seldom do in advance. Today seems to be no exception so I guess we will have to wait and see. Meanwhile, further on into the woods, the various leaders gather by themselves. This too is unusual as each leader keeps close to his group. Do you suppose this is the result of our trying to show them in the past, that working together makes them stronger than going it alone. Now, here is the Green Man, tho not in fancy dress as before. He too I guess, as we, will have to just wait and see.
An eerie feeling has come over me. Is trouble brewing here that may take our happiness away and leave us worried, and desolate? It seems the very atmosphere is heavy and yet alive with the waiting of a ‘something’ to appear. The Green Man is coming toward us, looking depressed, not the fun loving man we are used to seeing. I must leave you now. I will return after I have a look around.
Folks, here I am once more. How was my rest, I suppose you ask. Well it was long as you can see, or so it appears. There is not much I can say about it except that I am ok. Time went on as it usually does when I’m writing about my Nether folk. Now I am in a different stage of my bringing it to you. Time, as it goes on, has a way of changing things as you will see. I had a fall which ended in my hospitalization. I have been home for only five days. Just as soon as I can put things together I will be back with mysterious stories to thrill you. Until then, think about what it may be. Ha! Ha!
I have been asking around and the rumor is that there is a misunderstanding. That is all I could find out. I suppose we will have to wait and see what develops, eh?
The Nether folk are gathered together in a corner of the campground quietly talking amongst themselves, and the others are in small groups all about the area. There is sense of unease prevailing in the campground.
Now suddenly, the quietness has gone. Taking over is a very loud rumble and the sound of people screaming. Looking up I see nothing different, but in a moment all has changed. Gone is the campground as we have known it. The whole area is covered with deep snow and the trees are laden with ice. Everyone is snow covered. Large sleighs, drawn by coal black horses, are speeding toward us and moving swiftly by. Gone is the rumble of the sleighs. The Green Man and his cohorts are driving the sleighs and they all have musical instruments and are playing songs of winter. I must say that the Green Men were all dressed in beautiful winter outfits with shiny buttons that sent arrows of light as they drove by.
Wait up now, do not leave. Where there was snow and ice, all is green and summer like. Was it all just magic made by the Green Men? Will we ever know?
Sweet Christmas music fills the whole campsite. The Nether Folk come through tall green grass which has taken the place of the snow left by the Green Men. I have not ever seen the little folk dressed as colorful as they are now. Little banners of cloth in every color and shade adorn their hats and shoes and they all wear short jackets of silver and gold. As always each carries a strange looking musical maker of some sort. Their music is unique. As they pass, their music and vocals are like none heard before. I have been informed that what seemed to be unusual quietness before the day’s start was just a small thing between the Green Man and the Nether Folk. There was a disagreement for a bit as to who would be the first to appear. I believe the right decision was made. Look now, here come the Nether folk in all sort of dress. I don’t know how to describe their hats. The tops are peaked to a point and have an arrangement of feathers on the sides. Their jackets are fitted and have thin stripes of all colors. The little people sure know how to dress. They are super smart with color.
Well folks, I had something else in mind for today. However, I will hold it for another day. Y’all take care ‘til next time. Bye, bye.
Copyright © Charles E. Frost
April 7, 2012