The third of The Gnomestead Tapestry stories — A Nice Ring To It.
A Nice Ring To It.
Sir Biff and the others sought out Brother Jacquef (Jacque) on the castle parapets.
Brother Jack, if some knights needed a huge block of ice, where could they get one?
Sir Biff, I gather these good knights could not wait until the winter snows had once more returned to these parts…
Sometimes Brother Jack.. Jacque could be a bit long winded…
…after a bit of a pause, Sir Peanut steps up to translate for Sir Biff…
He means, do we want it now.
Yes Frere Jacque, we need it as soon as possible!
Umm, well, I hear the rivers up north at St. Frostberg are still clogged with ice…
(and it melted long before it got here!)
Wouldn’t blocks of ice from that far north melt long before it reached here?
Brother Jacque admitted that it could be a large problem.
Umm… Well, when the King doth desire sherbet in summer, we doth send servants with a large wagon…
Where to, Frere Jacque! This is important to us!
Patience was not one of Sir Biff’s virtues.
Truly could Brother Jacque be long winded and try even Sir Peanut’s patience.
…there are mountains to the west where-within you will ind glaciers of the Alpine variety as opposed to the Arctic variety, and it is there-in from those self same glaciers…
(Aren’t Alpine roads dangerous?)
…that we shall find ice even unto the months of June, July, August, and September.
But the answer would ring out in the end.
Somehow more knights heard of the quest and all wished to join.
(and all that was left was enough for the King’s sherbet!)
But in the end it was decided only three knights would go.
As they left, Sir Hills had some sage advice.
B’fore thee get to yon mountains, switch thee to oxen. A’fore yon path be vara steep and rough with wagon setch.
Sir Hills was more than a bit rustic and archaic.
“A Nice Ring To It.” is to be continued! Watch for it!
“A Nice Ring To It” is a longer story than “The Hunt!” but it’s a fun story. It is a half hour cartoon compared to a 5-10 minute short — or something like that. It’s all about a birthday — but read on…