An Unusual Encounter

This week’s post will, of necessity, be brief. My bride and I are traveling, and my writing time is limited. HOWEVER, something has occurred quite recently that I feel compelled to mention; I’ve met someone whose very existence challenges my concept of reality.

Over the past decade I’ve written four novels* which feature a race of people who, on average, stand about two feet tall. Their technology is essentially Stone Age, and yet they live in contemporary times and must compete for survival in the world you and I occupy. (*Book four will be published in the next month or so.)

But before you ask, let me assure you it’s not one of the players from my Little Primitive tales who has suddenly popped into my life. It’s someone–prepare yourself–much smaller.

I firmly believe that stature should never be the measure of a person. And yet, stature in its extremes is, well, difficult to ignore. There’s no doubt that someone measuring eight feet tall is going to garner second looks. Now imagine the reverse. Would you not take a second look at someone who tops out at around four or five inches?

I certainly couldn’t!

Perhaps the hardest part to believe, for me anyway, is that the little fellow whom I’ve recently befriended, has many of the characteristics I once attributed strictly to fantasy. My new friend, you see, is a gnome.

It came as a complete shock to discover that he not only exists, but that he’s not alone–by a long shot. My little community, tucked away in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, plays host to quite a few of these tiny yet intelligent and skillful individuals.

For the time being, he’s asked that I not photograph him or any of the locations where his kind live. As a result, I’ve no alternative but to rely on a common sort of rendering, which while cartoonish, isn’t really all that wide of the mark.

Alas, I don’t have time, here and now, to discuss this further. I promise, however, that once I’ve had the opportunity to get to know my new friend better, I’ll reveal more. And, assuming he gives me permission, I’ll delve deeply into his story.

For now, please bear with me.

–Josh

About joshlangston

Grateful and well-loved husband, happy grandparent, novelist, editor, and teacher. My life plate is full, and I couldn't be happier. Anything else I might add would be anticlimactic. Cheers!
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5 Responses to An Unusual Encounter

  1. Betty Smith says:

    You are such a tease.

  2. Don says:

    A Gnome. As always we look forward to the rest of the story. But as long as we befriend smaller things in our lifetime what about Mr Bill. Can he be replaced. Oh nooooooo!

    Be safe in your travels

    Peace.

  3. Was the gnome born in Nome?

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