Froggy no Tail Chapter 1 (tao inspired)

Caves are caves in so much as dark, dank holes in the ground but this one has a pond, a tiny forever lit lantern and a sprite like frog. Here in lives Froggy no Tail, naughty Froggy no Tail, naughty, nifty Froggy no Tail, naughty, nifty, neat-handed Froggy no Tail. …And Froggy one day was curious – curious to what lay beyond the creaky, cracky and clay caved walls.

There were many a day he went on his way to see Moley Squeeky Nose and the many reappearing magic worms, but today was not that day. Today Froggy wanted to take a good look at the big lantern the one that lay just out of reach of the cave. Lanterns in the caves were tiny but lit the hidey shadows more than anything else – hidey shadows were humorous as they would often copy Froggy just out of synch or do the exact opposite movement.

The problem with hidey shadows is that they would tell terrible jokes to each other when not wanted as is the case with shadows cast by froggy sprites. But hidey shadows could be humourous, witty and often eventually helpful in difficult predicaments. When Froggy got lost they would show the way, when Froggy was sad they would make him laugh and when he needed ideas after some calamitous time they would eventually be great!

As Froggy went about his way the cave clay cracked walls did creak and did so becoming both louder and creakier, almost as if in protest of Froggy’s intent. ‘they know’ spoke Froggy’s left shadow. ‘know what?’ answered Froggy’s front forwards shadow.

Froggy pondered and wondered whether the wall knew he hadn’t washed for a good decade (a mere moment in frog sprite terms). He turned to the nearest wall and knocked on it thrice, whilst speaking the words ‘excuse me, pardon’. The creaky wall answered ‘we know you haven’t washed in ten years, but that’s nose surprise given the stink – what we want to know is where are you going in such a hurry?’.

Froggy peered a little closer and a litter more astutely to see a lot of slender long shapes writhing, wriggling and slowly wrenching free from the wall. Froggy spoke to the wriggles most delicately ‘good day worms – I have been thinking…..’ Both worms and Froggy’s three silly shadows answered most excitedly ‘yes, yes, yes tell us!’

Froggy’s words reverberated around the cave, ‘I have taken to walking and as such I mean to see beyond these walls’. The three shadows and the worms pondered on this, then in a startle parted way from a great sudden burst of sparkling light stopping and hovering just in front of Froggy. All of the little lantern lights in the caverns beyond them were no longer lit…..

The sparkling light gently began to move in a direction beyond the green and curious sprite. Up and up the little light went and so did Froggy. The air around him became warmer and a breeze flowed through the cave until another but more encompassing light began to illuminate the cavernous spaces around him.

Eventually the other light became so bright it was too much for his orb like eyes to take in. The shadows and the worms were no longer to be seen. Froggy was use to the noise of chirping bats but what he could now hear was a different but much gentler sound of chirping.

The little blue birds played, swooping low across the ground and then high as a kite. The world looked very different from outside the cave. Froggy was not so small outside although very small in comparison to the world.

Froggy looked down at himself and was surprised to find he had five digits on each of his two not so green arms. He also happened to be standing up straight, in fact he turned distinctly human although at least seven foot tall. On top of his human head he housed long dark hair and his face was somewhat rough bearded.

Some way down the slope from the cavern Froggy spied an old winding half cobbled track. From the track looking curiously up at Froggy was a seated cart driver being pulled along by a scraggy brown donkey. The car driver waved welcomingly and shouted up at Froggy ‘hello there I’m on my way to New Town would you care to join me?’.

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