Huh? Not making any sense? Because of the nature of these little flash fiction vignettes, I thought it would be helpful to index previous back stories and journal entries. Although Artiste’s tales are non-linear, it can help to read some pages in groups by threads of associated content. Of course you could just read them randomly, and trust that it will all come together at some point.

The beginning back story is always a great place to start:
• The Artiste Gullible back story

For this particular installment it also may help to read:
• Wood Fairy
• Elven Council

↓ Transcript
[image description] An middle aged gnome-wife with frizzy hair and a snaggle tooth, spreads a dollop of paste on a biscuit with a smile. She is stands in front of a table that includes a clay pot, a plate of biscuits, and a kettle of tea.

[text] The gnomish house mistress carefully dipped a wooden spade into the glazed, age-worn pot. She pulled out a smooth brown dollop of paste, and spread it generously over the surface of a crisp homemade confection. The paste sparkled like sugar in the afternoon sun,

“Before rationing, this luxury was as common as the ingredients themselves.” She talked while sandwiching the filling with another biscuit. “You could purchase it in two varieties; creamy, and chunky. However, the very best kind was always made at home.” She paused for a moment, wrinkled her nose, and continued. “It tends to separate, you see, and it needs to be stirred more often, but the flavor is fresher, and you get another added benefit.”

She arranged a selection of her hand-made biscuits on a blue china plate, offered me one, and then poured tea.

“Another benefit?” I inquired, doing my best to nibble politely along the edge of the biscuit.

“Wings.” She answered. “The fairy butter vendors at the market always remove the wings, and everybody knows that’s where all the goodness lies.