Dedicated to Graham Joyce, Clarion West 2010 Instructor
A Troll’s Trade
by Sandra M. Odell
Maybe I should have listened to me mudder, been a mason or a carpenter, but I was young, hornstrong, determined to make me own way.
“A what?” she said, and stirred the stew so hard the pot tumbled right off the fire and spilled into the river.
I picked me nose and spread it on a cracker with a bit of brie. “A florist.”
Me mudder scooped what she could of the stew back into the pot and set it back on the fire. “What would your da say? He built our bridge with -”
“With the sweat off his nose before he got tricked by the Maiden of Merriwether and turned to cheese, yah, yah, I know. Chisels and mortar and nails aren’t me thing, is all.”
“You’re a troll! Where are you going to live if’n you can’t find a bridge?”
I tossed a bit more gravel into the stewpot for a proper crunch. “I’ll find something, easy peas porridge.”