Of the Eleven Major Owls
, the Owl
of Ice Cream
is considered the most "approachable", far more so even than the Owl of Grommets
and the Owl of Tang
. On days of greater than average solar flare
activity, when most citizens and other entities -- those who retain their will -- remain in cool tombs underground
or travel the surface only in ponderous and cumbersome suits of lead
), gangs of laughing children
will run through the corridors below the mountain. They emerge in the vast forests of the northern slope, where the ancient and towering leadwoods, hundreds of meter
s high, afford protection on the surface. An hour's pleasant walk through the woods brings them to the Indurate
Crag, where the Owl
of Ice Cream spends his days in a trance
. On being shaken briskly, the Owl
will awaken and distribute treats to the children. He will summarily devour every five-hundredth child, but children are plentiful and the Owl has a way of laughing the whole thing off when it happens. He receives few complaints.
Lest future generations wonder what I was on, Gorgonzola did a typo in the chatterbox about "putting a bowl of ice cream in front of a four-year-old", but he missed the 'b'. Hilarity ensues, blah blah blah.