Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Overheard at Table 2: Anomaly 11 The Little Village and the Candymen

Anomaly 11

Once upon a time there was a little village and it was a happy little village and the harvest came in every year and the generations grew and replaced the other generations and for a long time everyone was happy.

Then one year the candymen came to town and they had beautifully colored candy and it tasted so good and the children all loved the candy and they wanted more candy.  Their parents warned them against eating too much of the candy, because too much candy is not good for you, they said, and the children cried out "You're MEAN!  We won't listen to you!" and the children all left the village with the candymen and went off and the parents did not know where they had gone.

Then one day the children came back home when they were grown and the parents did not recognize their children because the children had themselves become candymen and they told the parents, "All the candy has made our stomachs hurt, and we are not happy, because the candy has never filled our bellies.  You should have warned us about the candy."

"We did warn you about the candy," the parents said.  "You didn't listen."

"Shut up!" the children who had grown to be candymen said.  "You are old now and we are still young, and so we are taking all the harvest and we are going to eat all the harvest and you can go live in the barns and we will take the houses and live there and invite other candymen to join us"

And so the aging parents were shoved into the barns, who died there when the winter came, along with the animals, who were untended by the children who had become candymen.

Then Spring came and there was no planting, then Summer, and then Autumn, and there was no harvest, and the children who had become candymen died in the houses, with the windows open and the curtains billowing sadly in the light breeze.

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