I have always loved Aesop's Fables. Hey, I got to read a story, and...learn. Each fable taught a lesson, and every one of those lessons I remember. Some try and live life by the teachings in the Good Book, well, I think if you follow Aesop's you get the same results, the stories were just easier to understand. So, today, I decided I would write Debbie's Fable, perhaps in amongst everything, you will be able to learn a lesson or two, I certainly have!
Not so long ago, in a tiny little town, there lived a very quiet, unassuming man, who worked very, very hard to keep his family warm and fed. Many times this man would have to go away from his family, for weeks at a time. His only happiness was the knowledge that this would not last forever, one day, he would manage to save enough money, and he would no longer have to work for others.
One day, he met a troll, he knew this troll from before. He had worked with the troll, but, although his wife and family saw this was a troll, he was blind. He could only see the skin this troll put on, to fool people, and the man was fooled.
The troll made him all types of promises, and the man thought this was the right thing to do, he followed the troll. For many months he left home, only coming back for days, he began to see cracks in the troll's skin, but, pretended they were not there. He did not listen to his wife , nor his family when they warned him, the troll was simply using him, this was not going to be a good thing. But he would talk to the troll, and the troll continued to make his promises.
His wife and family saw the troll, who would spend his time in the little town, while the man was far away. The troll was always busy on the day the pay was to be handed over. Sometimes he would be busy for a full week, sometimes longer, but..he did pay, and that was a good thing. The man could see his dream moving closer, and all of the problems were set aside, he did not care that the troll would not answer questions, and was impossible to contact. The troll was busy, off in his own world with his skin off, spending time with his fellow trolls. Again, the man did not care, he worked and worked.
One day, the troll went to the man. This time he talked a lot. He had another job. He needed one more person to go away and work for him, he was in a state. He had made promises to a camp kingdom, but he did not have the means to complete his promise. Did the man know anyone who would help solve this problem? The man called his son. Now his son had a job, a job he liked, but he also had the same dream as the man, he just did not have the same powers the man had, those powers were very expensive, and the son did not have the treasure to buy the power in time. The son and the wife cried to the man, they said the troll was playing games. They said the man should not trust the troll, but the man did not hear this, he said the troll was in pain, the troll needed the son, and he told the man the son would work and work, just like the man. The troll begged the man to make it so the son had the powers, make it so, as quickly as he could.
Because the son wanted the power, and because with two working and working, the dream would happen twice as fast, the man and the son sat down and came up with a plan. The man would pay for the son to get the power. The season was not right for getting the power, the heavens were grey and snow covered the land. The son had to go far away and live in another land for many days, this would take a large quantity of the treasure that was growing for the dream. He had to leave the job he enjoyed, all of which made the son and the wife very uncomfortable. But the troll was desperate, he assured the man it would all be wonderful, and pleaded that they do this for both parties.
So against his wife's wishes, the man opened his treasure chest, and sent his son off to the other land to get the powers. Many times while the son was away, the troll would question the man, wanting to know if the son had the power yet. He was in a hurry, and although he knew exactly how long the son would take to get the powers, he just did not seem to have any patience(I expect trolls do not have any qualities).
Finally the day came, the son got his powers, all he needed was the paper that said he was fit to use these powers, and that would come in the next few days. It was all fine, the man was working, longer, so the son could get everything in order. The troll was told, all he had asked for had been done. Did the troll smile, and say thank you? No, the troll informed the man that he had hired a man from a very faraway kingdom, the man was to arrive soon, and he was a friend of one of the princes that ruled the camp kingdom. The man asked when his son would begin to use his powers. This was when the troll's skin began to crack. The troll told the man that the Giants that ruled him, said the son needed more powers. He needed more powers than the man. These powers would take more of the treasure, and some of these powers were almost impossible to buy, some would be months away.
So, now the man is confused. The troll refuses to speak with the man, he can only send messages that are very short, and become far more confusing. Suddenly the man is to change how long he works, he is to stay extra days to show the new person how to do the job. His son is to sit and wait, until he gets these other powers. The troll knows that the son left the job he enjoyed , he knows that the family dug into the treasure, but he claims that the giants have all the power, and suddenly decided that all the promises he made were lies.
The son sent the troll his own message because the wife is very upset, and wants answers. The troll does not answer. The man sends messages, the troll does not answer. Suddenly the troll sends the man a new message, he has received a new ruling from the giants. The giants have decided they want the man to get more powers, they want the man to get a number from the highest rulers in the country, so he can be the boss of his son. They want the man to get insurance for his son, he is not allowed to work and work, until all of these powers have been bought. Why does the man have to get all of these powers so his son can work for him, when his son cannot work?
The man tried to speak with the troll, but he hides. He locks himself inside buildings, refusing to answer the knocks on the door. The wife is at her wits end, she knew this troll could not be trusted, but the man assured her it would not end like this. The man searches for the troll, and finds him, the troll cannot keep his skin on when he is cornered (did you know this?). The troll starts to slobber and drool, and scream at the top of his lungs. He screams out the man's son must be f*cking stupid, he screams out that the man's son has to get his mommy to get his pay cheques (really!, if the pay had been on time, perhaps the son could have picked it up himself) he screams that the powers the son was told he needed could have been given by the giants. No, they could not! The troll forgets, he did not like to speak, so he sent messages, all of which the man and the son have.
The man is a good man. He is far nicer than his wife. He remains calm, he does not hit the troll when he tells the man his son is F*cking stupid, nor does he hit him when he continues to spew out all sorts of bad things. He simply tells the troll he cannot work for him any longer. The powers the giants request, are too difficult to get, so it will not work for either of them. Why did the man remain so calm? Because if he had not, the troll would have vanished.
The troll informs the rest of the world that he lost his best man with the power. The man waits and waits for the money the troll owes him. The troll sends messages asking for the right to remove a specific amount of money, the man agrees. The troll again sends a message, requesting the same, but wants it in writing. The man agrees, but also adds that he does not want the giants to mess with this written message like they did once before in the past. Still the man waits for his pay. Finally hours before the man is to go away for another land, he calls the troll, asking for his money. The troll tells the man he has his money at his house, and the man can come and get it. The man puts on his coat and rushes to the troll's house. All the lights are out, the trolls carriage sits outside. The man goes to the door to find his payment stuck in the door frame, the troll hides inside.
Now, trolls are not to be trusted, this much we get from this fable. Trolls have to attempt to keep their true selves covered, so that not everyone knows what they are. They work very hard to hide this, most of their magic is in their mouth. They are not very smart, though. See the man and his family well, they realized they had been fooled. The man forgot he should not trust anyone, especially one that is connected to the giants. But they learned their lesson, and decided they would no longer work in this land, it was poisoned. They would walk away from the troll, and try and find their treasure in a place they called home. They were done.
They were done until they heard the troll was spreading lies. The troll promised to show all messages to others to prove what happened. Then the troll claimed he could not, because the giants said if he did, there might be a slander suit. Then the troll explained that the man and his son had to be gotten rid of because of the drama they caused. If the troll can not keep his mouth closed, and his lies quiet, perhaps the man's wife will tell the rest of the world what is under his skin!
Trolls are all around us, if you know a troll, and I do, watch closely, you will see they surround themselves with others of the same kind. Their skin is very thin, they sit on fences and flop from one side to another, depending on which side they think is best for the moment. They cannot speak a word of truth, because it is against the nature of a troll. They can tell far better stories than most, but their stories never have a moral to them, because trolls do not have morals.
Be very careful. When you see skin cracking, walk away. Never work for a troll, the ending is not going to be a happily ever after one! And, most important...When your wife tells you someone is a troll, believe her!