Wichtelmännchen

Friday Fictioneers – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

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Wichtelmännchen

Lightning struck and burned the tree, and the village Shaman panicked everyone with his story of angry ghosts that must be appeased.
Johann was instructed to carve a Totem before dawn.
First, he rescued an owl’s nest with hatchlings and some squirrel’s kittens.
Tears flowed down his cheeks as he carved, he couldn’t finish before morning. Tired, he fell asleep. When he woke, the trunk was done with symbols from the lives of his ancestors.
An owl landed nearby; the carved trunk winked. Johann looked around at the other carvings, and he smiled, his little friends had been very busy.

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23 responses to “Wichtelmännchen

  1. It’s nice they helped him out after he saved them. I wonder what would have happened had the totem not been finished…?

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  2. Where do I get myself some of those little creatures?

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  3. What helpful little friends 🙂

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  4. A touching tale. I really liked the part when “the carved trunk winked”.

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  5. Lovely, whimsical story! Enjoyable read, thank you.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  6. I love the originality of your stories, James!

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  7. First, he rescued an owl’s nest with hatchlings and some squirrel’s kittens ~ love this. It shows what a caring man he is. And the creatures response show they appreciate him. Touching story, James.

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  8. Beautiful fairy-tale quality to this, James.

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  9. When you help others, when you feel others pain, then nature works to help you out in your time of distress. Nice moral lesson.

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  10. A nice Snow White -esque take on the prompt. Lovely. Also, thanks for the new word, although I’m not sure I’ll manage to pronounce it!

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  11. Nice to get a helping hand like that.

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  12. Brings a whole new meaning to being ‘at one with nature’. 😀

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  13. Rewarded by the woodland creatures. And rightly so. Enchanting, James.

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  14. This is wonderful… kindness rewarded by kindness… maybe that’s better than the shaman can do…

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  15. A charming and optimistic story
    Love the tree winking nicely done James

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  16. Nice one, helpers in the night

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  17. Lovely, magical take.

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