Alone, old man Suzuki lived a quiet, rural

  • Alone, old man Suzuki lived a quiet, rural life in a decrepit hut near Kyoto, the ancient city where his dreams had been crushed, his fortune seized, and his only son kidnapped.

  • His neighbors barely acknowledged him but knew he was safe enough so they would leave their children to play under his cherry blossom tree while they dove for pearls in the ocean.

  • He played the harmonica under the tree, and taught music lessons at the public school, and he was paid with mermaid tears and pancakes.

  • He'd saved up 3 small vials of tears & 20 banker's boxes of pancakes, enough for admittance to the faerie realm. He brought them to the tree, called out to the faeries and waited.

  • At midnight beams of the moon played through the trees & the shadows came to life, the King of Fairies appeared, inspected the vials & pancakes & said what about syrup you sap?

  • A spry sprite snapped her fingers, and a curvy server of maple syrup materialized before the Fairy King's eyes. Fae folk flitted about the beautiful, starlit feast. A ring of

  • pixies danced, their wings giving off blue radiance in the moonlight. Naiads sent beautiful water sprays in the air. Never before had the Fairy King’s feast been so beautiful.

  • "Ere mortal! Try some of Battenberg! Is delish!" The elf approached the peasant with a goblet of mead. "Well maybe a nibble." said the serf. He left the feast twenty years later.

  • "Newton!" cried the old bat that was my wife, "Where have you been all these years? The children have all grown up and gone to prison." "Praise heaven!" I cried, "No school tuition

  • fees for us! We've made it, darling!" I hi-fived my wife and went to purchase an expensive caravan immediately. Screw the life savings, I don't want to leave an inheritance behind.



  1. Woab May 10 2018 @ 10:24

    My apologies for messing up the third person.

  2. Gibber May 10 2018 @ 11:34

    My mind seamlessly compensated for it. Like this: offstage narrator: "20 years later..." actor on stage POV: "Newton!" cried my wife

  3. SlimWhitman May 10 2018 @ 15:58

    Works for me. So Newton married an old bat & road-tripped in his retirement, huh? Amazing, what you learn on foldingstory.

  4. BlastedHeath May 17 2018 @ 14:15

    This also explains why Newton was so adept at detecting faerie gold.

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