Chapter

A Tzikvik Tale

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    EXCERPT

    PABBAKIS

    One day, on their way North, three travellers encounter a frog-monster. Before it can block their path, the first traveller rushes past and disappears into the snow.

    Enraged by this manoeuvre, the frog-monster seizes the other two.

    ‘This is my road,’ it croaks. ‘And if you want to go any further it will cost you each a sack full of worms.’

    ‘O great and slimy beast,’ replies the second traveller respectfully. ‘The land is frozen, the earth is hard as iron, and worms are hard to find.’

    ‘Then you should seek them amongst the dead,’ counters the frog-
    monster implacably.

    The two travellers set off on their long search.…