September 25, 2014
Nobody talks about us much. The troubadours sing about Mouse-herders, but Mouse-herders buy their ale. The Children preach the virtues of the Farmers' life, but Farmers make up most of their flock.
We purvey protein to the most desperate. Grubs, worms, beetles, flies. Did you know the flavor of cockroach steaks depends on the beast's fodder?
Trashlings of every tribe have eaten in my shop. Penurious Tinkers, traveling Coggers, absent-minded Scribes and mendicant Children of the Makers. Farmers returning from a poor night at the market, and yes, even Mouse-herders.
September 18, 2014
Deep in the lairs, they told stories of gifts of the gods to make one immortal and wise.
Paroxetine didn't want the Orange Lotus at first. He trained himself to sleep at night, to endure the light of day. He dared to walk under the gaze of the sun.
He wanted to see a Maker.
After that day, he sought out the Eaters in their lairs. He dared to open the orange flowers and partake of the fruit within. Pale imitations of ambrosia and soma.
None of his companions ever asked him whether he ate to remember or to forget.
September 11, 2014
He levered the back panel off the artifact on his workbench and peered at its inner workings.
"A Chipper would see what I'm doing as sacrilege. An effort to pry into secrets the Makers never meant us to know."
He withdrew several gears and wrote down their sizes and number of teeth.
"But why would They give us all these things, unless They wanted us to use them?"
He polished the gears and fastened them onto his latest invention. He wound the mainspring.
"We do the Makers' work when we create."
His creation smiled and nodded her head in agreement.
September 04, 2014
She is ancient, even for a Trashling. She saw the Great Avalanche. She witnessed the crusades of the Makers' Children against Those-Who-Burn-Forever. Some whisper she is older than Fill itself.
They come bearing bones from mice and birds and strange beasts only the Makers know. They bring their hopes and fears, their hates and loves.
"Return on such-and-such day."
She sings as she shapes the bones into charms. Every customer is satisfied, though perhaps not in the way they expect.
No one knows why she keeps certain bones for herself. No one knows the language of the songs she sings.