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Aug. 12th, 2004 12:21 pm
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Apologies for taking so long. I hope you enjoy it.



The Gardener



"Maybe my crystals will be out here somewhere," he said to himself. "After all," he continued, "they can't go very far once they've been used."

His trowel hit something in the ground, a ting ringing in his ears. Using the mini-shovel, as he liked to call it, he dug out a vitreous orb of light, speckled with black dirt.

"Eureka!"

The Goblin King lifted the crystal from it's burrowed resting spot and dusted it off with his ungloved fingers. Smiling triumphantly at it, he turned it slowly, "My, my, my. Aren't we a pretty thing?"

"Oy! Ge' back to werk, blondie!"

Jareth's brow furrowed in annoyance before placing the crystal in his basket, retrieving his discarded trowel. Instead of working away at a few obvious weeds, he bent low in the garden, eyes narrowed in suspicion at one of the plants, trying to decide if it was a weed or a small, budding honey plant. He reached up to tuck a stray lock of hair behind his ear before looking around the gardens for Brynn, an affable older goblin maid, probably in her thirties.

"Brynn! Brynn some help!"

Brynn, her dark hair covered by a gray cloth, stood and wiped her gnarled hands on her even dirtier gray skirt. Jareth gestured to the plant helplessly as she drew closer, "I can't decide on this one. It's as pretty as everything else in these gardens."

Brynn knelt close to the plant before grasping it near the soil and ripping it, roots and all, from the ground. Looking from the plant to Jareth, she let it fall to the Goblin King's lap, "Keep it. It might turn out to be prettier than the other weeds."

Jareth watched Brynn walk back to her spot and go back to weeding, picking the plant from his lap to tuck the ends behind his ears.

"What a pretty flower I make. I can't wait to get inside and put it on my mantle."

With his mind set on doing just that, Jareth went back to weeding.


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