What are you doing? they ask in earnest, curious unison.
Writing, I reply, answering automatically even though they ask the same question every day and they often sit directly on the typewriter so it should be rather obvious.
Writing what? they chorus with their typical giddiness.
There should be a bear! one suggests.
No, bears are scary! the other insists.
That’s why they make a good story, the first argues, because scary stories are exciting stories and exciting stories are good stories!
You’re not helping, I tell them, but they don’t listen. They never listen to me.
They argue about bears and relative levels of scariness (digressing into a lengthy debate as to whether dragons could be scarier than bears and who would win in a dragon versus bear situation, including caveats as to age of dragon, type of bear, landscape the fight is taking place on and both competitors psychological motivations) and what makes a story properly good while I continue to type.
About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.