Cowart's Common Room
A Visit from Dauby

Good morning and good morning to Dauby, the elf, too. For he is paying me a visit, sitting on my window sill with his wife and family, having magically arrived at my command. "I can summon forces from the mighty deep," he says. "People write to me from far off lands. My name and reputation precede me. After all it isn't as though everyone gets letters from the heart of Africa and from Edward Hayes Esq, in person!"

"No Dauby," I reply, "You are indeed fortunate and being fortunate will make your fortune and you will never again have to work in a craft shop but hereafter be able to travel the world bringing joy and hope to all those souls who have lost their life savings. But of course you may very well not want to give up your skilled trade, sewing away crosslegged while keeping a weather eye open for pilot whales and bottle nosed dolphins."

I ask him why bottle nosed dolphins are called bottled nosed dolphins and he ponders a while during which time his wife looks at her watch and the children start to fidget. He strokes his beard and adjust his pointed hat.

"Many humans are bottle nosed," he says profoundly, "Always sniffing bottles, but not dolphins." And with that he bows and stands up and all the other elves stand up too. "It's been lovely meeting you," says his wife. "Can we come again?" ask the children admiring something or other.

"Anytime you like," I say.

"Bye," says Dauby, changing into an earwig and scuttling off under the wainscotting. "Bye," says Mrs Dauby, changing into a hover fly. "Bye," said the children all together as they disappear into the natural world and emerge as bottle nosed dolphins in the North Sea.

I sigh. It isn't every day you meet an Elf and his family. I look to where they were sitting on the windowsill and there, left behind, is the tiniest piece of stardust you ever saw. It must have fallen out of one of the children's pockets. I pick it up and it glistens on my finger.

Posted at 9th Aug 2017 - 08:14AM   Posted by Fennie   A Visit from Dauby Comments: 5

Fennie's Avatar We are off to London later for a friend's 70th party, staying overnight and returning tomorrow, possibly after a visit to Wisley. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 9th Aug 2017 at 08:15AM

Withy Brook's Avatar You could make your fortune with more writing like that - and the adoration of children!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 9th Aug 2017 at 08:52AM

Camilla's Avatar Such imagination! I second what Withy has said .... You could make a fortune with more writing like that. Why don't you Fennie folk would buy it like hot cakes. Anyway I think most brilliant .

Oh lucky lucky you going to London, enjoy the birthday celebrations for your pal on his special day. Say hello to London for me Fennie. Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 9th Aug 2017 at 10:02AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Laughing Brilliant Fennie.
I think our Dauby would be rather surprised to find he has a wife and children though, think of a very gentlemanly less bawdy Kenneth Williams. Very Happy

Have a nice trip to London and enjoy the birthday party.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Aug 2017 at 10:29AM

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Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Aug 2017 at 10:37AM

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