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:
• Elven council
• Tea and Biscuits

↓ Transcript
[image] A plate is pictured that contains two chocolate wafers and two creamy biscuits. A Gnomebisco logo is baked into the top layer of the biscuits.

[text] An antagonism between gnomes and elves has existed for centuries. No one remembers a specific cause. Most say it is just their nature. While elves are practically immortal, gnomes are naturally inventive. An elf will take a lifetime mastering a discipline, where a gnome is more likely to invent a better way to do it.

Through the eons this rivalry has manifested itself in many forms; wars, political intrigue, and assassinations. None of these, however, match up to the cut-throat divisive mongering of their creative baking endeavors.

While the elves of Kheiblah-Ur have mastered their form of chocolate covered crispy indulgences born from the ancient elven forests; The gnomes have formed a competitive biscuit conglomerate that uses modern mechanization to achieve an equal level of prestige.

The end result often produces a socially awkward, and potentially dangerous conundrum. When offered a plate containing both Gnomebisco, and Kheiblah-Ur
confections, choose carefully. The life you save may be your own.