Our hero was out in the woods since morning, busying himself with building some building of sorts, looking for the right log, getting it, coming to the building, placing it there, searching for the next right log and so on.
This purpose of the edifice becomes apparent as our hero, after placing the last handful of mud and the last cane stick to the edifice, dives athletically in the swamp. He reaches out for air once in a while, all covered in mud, swims and sweeps, deep and shallow, as if looking for something. Eventually he comes out holding a frog, and puts it inside the edifice. The scared frog jumps back and forth, unable to reach over the other side; captured.
Our hero dives again, and again, and again…
Soon the edifice contains hundreds of frogs. Then he sits on a log and waits. The scared jumping frogs make a terrible noise but this seems not to bother our hero. He seems to actually enjoy it. Some time passes without much change, frogs jumping, hero sitting, all covered in mud that begins to dry.
Presently a new frog comes out of the swamp. He radiates tranquility, his self possession and grounded halo distinguish him from the other frogs, which seem to sense his presence and become calm and quiet. Even those unfamiliar with their ways can read the frogs’ mind: He’s here!
He stops in front of our hero, about six feet away, looks at the edifice and thinks: What is this new devilry? In a calm voice, radiating serenity, he affirms:
“You shall release my people from this edifice.”
“Ha ha ha, I feel greatly honored to be addressed by your majesty,” laughs our hero wickedly, “but, you see, this time around it is I who sets the terms of our agreement. As you set your foot out of that swamp onto this red sand you’re sitting on now, your powers have forever been forfeit.”
“You shall release my people, lest shall I turn you into what you hate most.”
As our hero did not submit, the King of Frogs jumps in the air, claps his feet and creates a spark, but then nothing happens.
“Ha ha ha, not this time, your majesty, not this time around…”
The loud laughter echoed in the woods, while the King of Frogs smiled.
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