Deal 1218: Two Haiku

swallow a potion
for the pain, even better
swallow pride, use care.

hypnotic lesson:
all eventualities
must be predicted.


Deal 1209: Potluck Knifed

In hindsight, a butter knife was indeed an odd choice for a symbol of Peace. But that is now. Then, the world was a slightly different place. Perhaps even an odder place.

One cold and moonless night, the party was declared.

All arrived bearing gifts of food and drink to share. But as is not unusual, there were some petty feuds among the guests. Words were said. Rolls were thrown. The punch bowl was at risk.

Distracting the parties with music and plying them with drink did little. Again, in hindsight, drink may not have been a wise choice. The petty feud was escalating.

Finally, someone offered up a buttered roll to one side, and a jellied roll to the other…

The butter knife saved the day.


Deal 1182: Taught

The betrayal was inevitable.

For a long time, we preyed on just enough travelers to keep us fed and clothed without being greedy.

But lately, the temptation to take more was always there.

And who better than to foment that temptation than the wandering bards and itinerant teachers who filled the heads of our younger members with grand ideals, tempting them to stray from our proven path.

And to think that we had been kind to them in their time of need.

My rule had been absolute. Take only the fat merchants, and then, only their purses and some of their goods. Take as little of their dignity as practical, lest they be motivated to do more than band together for protection.

Then we rescued that teacher from starvation.

And let him repay us in kind.

And now our youths are wondering if we have the right to prey on travelers. If we have the right to live as we have for decades.

All because we let a teacher in.