The story so far :
Ryan and Rex are twins spending their summer in a village. Playing beside the lake they chance upon an old teapot. Playfully, Ryan rubs it. Read it all here.
The story continues :
There was some smoke from the spout of the teapot and noises as if someone is rattling a coin inside an empty jar. Finally, a frog jumped out of the teapot. ‘Eearw,’ the boys said in unison.
‘Rex, do you think we should kiss it to turn it into a prince..err princess for us,’ asked Ryan.
‘I am not touching that one,’ said Rex.
There was another loud boom and this time a frail old man came out of the teapot. He was real small, about 2 feet tall. His body was perfect, just small. He had a head full of wild white hair and wore a dark grey robe that had seen better times. He coughed as he struggled out of the teapot and looked around in wonder.
‘So foul and fair a day I have not seen,’ said the tiny old man in a strong, loud voice that defied his frailty.
The boys looked in wonder.
‘Who are you? What is your name?’ asked Rex.
‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,’ said the old man with a wide swath of his hands.
His hands were big, not in proportion to the rest of him.
‘I’m Elmer’ he said.
‘Were you in the teapot? Did you just come out of it? Why were you in the teapot? How long.. ?’
Elmer put up his hand telling them to stop. He said, ‘Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. But if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive. Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.’
The boys looked skeptical.
Elmer still had his hands lifted in the air and said, ‘Come on boys. What you don’t know won’t hurt you. I am a friend.’
…….To be continued..
P.S. : I am borrowing some Shakespearean quotes. Hope I am putting them in the right context here. I am no expert on Shakespeare.
Prompt : What you don’t know
I am participating in the 7 day Bar-a-thon. This is part 2 of a 7-part story.