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mercury tears

The healing angel and I were eating a late dinner, very late. (How late? Like 10 pm) There came, from outside, a loud, hollow rumbling, like a kid peddling a Big Wheel. It seemed really close, like the kid was maybe pedaling up our driveway.

I realized it was someone rolling their trash bin to the end of their driveway. Probably my neighbor across the street. But it sounded like maybe she'd rolled it right up to my porch.

Since the healing angel had looked as nonplussed as I felt at the sound, I told him what I thought it was.

"No," he said. "That's not it. It's a carriage. A carriage that rolled out of the past into the present--just as it was going past our house--and then rolled back into the past again."

Later Little Springtime came home, and I told her the story. "Big Wheel? Trash bin? Can't you even tell," she said, "that it was an elephant dragging himself home after a hard day? Those were his footsteps you heard. And what about his tears? His sorrowful tears, made of mercury, not saltwater--did you hear those, as they hit the pavement?"

The healing angel and Little Springtime are awesome

. . . but now I need to go to bed. *sleepy*


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Jun. 3rd, 2015 05:39 am (UTC)
You have awesome kids. :D
Jun. 3rd, 2015 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'm mighty fond of them, I have to say :-)
Jun. 3rd, 2015 01:29 pm (UTC)

Whereas the chun man and I enjoyed yesterday evening by pretending to be sportscasters, at Sheeyun's hockey game. Which his team won-- and he scored a goal.
Jun. 3rd, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
That sounds like excellent fun. When I was growing up, there was a boy who lived diagonally across the street from us who used to shoot hoops, and as he was doing it, he would narrate the commentary for the basketball game he was in, "He's clear--he passes it to [name]; [name] sets it up and shoots!" --like that.

Jun. 3rd, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
I used to do my own, though usually in my silent head, for playing H-O-R-S-E in four personae: one fluffy feminine one whose name I can't remember, Hildegardenia (my fave), Beauregarde I (the good one) and Beauregarde II (the bad one).
Jun. 4th, 2015 11:03 pm (UTC)
I like the presence of "gard" in the three names you remember.

What made Hildegardenia your favorite?
Jun. 5th, 2015 02:31 am (UTC)
Good question. I remember her quite clearly. She was a snappy middle-aged woman who wore a gardening hat and sunglasses. A relatively distinctive personage for a 10-11-year-old child to invent. I'm not at all sure where she arrived from. The other three were more strictly stereotypical.
Jun. 3rd, 2015 02:27 pm (UTC)
I love the bedtime stories at your place!
Jun. 3rd, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
It can be quite entertaining :-)
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Jun. 3rd, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
Any time :-)
Jun. 3rd, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
I love your kids.
Jun. 3rd, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
They are quite wonderful ^_^
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Jun. 3rd, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
Definitely definitely. A manganese cocktail with a slice of phosphorus, served on the rocks (the rocks in this case being diamonds)

(I figure an elephant that cries mercury tears needs a really HARD drink)
Jun. 3rd, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
What a great family!
Jun. 4th, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
Moments like that are great.
Jun. 3rd, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
Now that is a household!

Jun. 4th, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
It keeps things entertaining :-)
Jun. 4th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
An elephant that cries mercury?

Wow. I think that needs to have something done with it...
Jun. 4th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
Go for it--anything you can do, I'd be interested to read.
Jun. 4th, 2015 02:41 am (UTC)
Sillies. Dragons on roller skates. Obvious!
Jun. 4th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
How could we have missed that??

Thanks for playing along :-)
Jun. 5th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
Awesome imagination...you have great kids... :)
Jun. 5th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
♥ thanks--they are a joy.
Jun. 5th, 2015 01:08 pm (UTC)
For the realistic explanation, you should probably get that time portal in your driveway inspected.
For the fantasy explanation, you should request a drawing of the elephant and a story.
Jun. 5th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
Now that I've had the electrician out to fix my light switch, it's time to get the chronician to fix my time portal.

Of course, really I should learn to do these things for myself....
Jun. 14th, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
That used to be dinner time for me after night school doing homework.

I love the stories. Thank you so much.
Jun. 14th, 2015 03:22 am (UTC)
You're welcome--and thank *you* for your message.
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