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  • Once upon a time, there was a small world.

  • It was a flat world.

  • And it wasn't very wide.

  • In fact, it was so thin that if you weren't careful,

  • you might fall right off the edge.

  • In this world was a house.

  • And in this house lived a triangle.

  • Her name was wind.

  • Wind lived all alone, and was sometimes sad about that.

  • But she wasn't too lonely because she

  • had a friend who lived just one house over.

  • His name was Mr. Ug.

  • Wind often went to visit Mr. Ug.

  • She'd walked past the big rock, and the pine log, and the Beet

  • Peel store, though she'd never seen it open,

  • until she got to Mr. Ug's little yellow house.

  • The problem with Mr. Ug was that he never seemed to be home.

  • So Wind did what she always did, and left him a message so

  • that he'd know that she'd been there.

  • Hi Mr. Ug, she wrote.

  • She hung around a little longer hoping he might come home soon,

  • but eventually she gave up and walked back home.

  • Past the Beet Peel store, the pine log, and the big rock,

  • to her own little house.

  • When she got back, she saw that someone had left her a message.

  • It said, Hi Wind.

  • Mr. Ug must have come by to see her

  • while she was out trying to see him.

  • She kicked herself for waiting around so long at his house,

  • maybe if she'd gotten back sooner,

  • she could've caught him while he was still there.

  • She erased the message and decided to go back to his place

  • since he was obviously heading back there as well.

  • Their timing always seemed to be wrong.

  • Whenever she went to see him, he seemed to be out visiting her.

  • In fact, she never actually met Mr. Ug,

  • but she felt like she knew him very well,

  • because of the messages they were always leaving each other.

  • When she got to his place, she saw

  • that he had already read her message,

  • erased it, and left again.

  • But Wind was used to this kind of coincidence,

  • so she simply continued their conversation

  • by leaving another message.

  • How are you right now, she asked, and turned around

  • to go home.

  • Her grammar and spelling weren't so good,

  • because, after all, there was no school in her little world.

  • Mr. Ug didn't always have perfect spelling either,

  • but Wind thought that he had a lovely way with words.

  • For example, when she got home, she

  • found that Mr. Ug had already written a reply to her

  • how are you.

  • He said, Nomin' life, nom.

  • She thought this was a beautiful metaphor,

  • and felt lucky to have a neighbor who never answered how

  • are you, with something boring like, fine thank you.

  • But what she really wanted, more than anything,

  • was to actually meet him.

  • See his face for the first time.

  • She decided to try another tactic.

  • She erased his note and left one saying, back soon.

  • This way, if Mr. Ug came to visit while she was out,

  • he'd know to stay around for a while until she got back.

  • The prospect of finally meeting him

  • made Wind feel nervous and self conscious about how

  • boring her messages always were compared to his.

  • So she decided to get artistic and illustrated it

  • by drawing a foot with wings on the hill.

  • She then rushed back to Mr. Ug's house

  • with all the swiftness of Hermes,

  • to find that, indeed, he was, once again, not there.

  • Though it seemed he had taken up a new project as there

  • was a sign up for a Buck Zoo, complete

  • with a picture of a fully antlered buck.

  • Maybe he was out collecting deer for his zoo,

  • but maybe, just maybe, he had gone to visit her

  • and saw her sign, and decided to wait until she got back.

  • So she dashed out a quick, hello, leaving.

  • And then rushed back to her house

  • with all the swiftness of Mercury.

  • She approached her house, anticipating finally

  • saying hello to Mr. Ug in real life, for the first time.

  • But found only a message that said, revalue hello.

  • It was an interesting message, and gave her something

  • to ponder.

  • Maybe she was spending too much time trying to greet and talk

  • to Mr. Ug, and not enough time on her own projects.

  • She thought about how often they seem to cross paths,

  • and yet, she'd never actually passed him

  • on the path between their houses.

  • Maybe there was another path he used.

  • Wind had never explored the world to the left of her house,

  • but maybe it was about time she stopped obsessing over Mr. Ug

  • and went on an adventure.

  • Maybe, while Mr. Ug worked on his Buck Zoo,

  • she could have a project of her own

  • and work on exploring the world.

  • So she went left, and discovered a few new places.

  • There was a store which sold beef and beer,

  • though unfortunately it seemed to have closed long ago.

  • And a blue rod, and a lock pie, which didn't sound

  • too appetizing to her.

  • Before long, however, she found herself somewhere familiar.

  • She was back at Mr. Ug's house, and as usual, he was not home.

  • But now she knew why they kept missing each other.

  • Their little world was a loop, and they

  • were taking different paths from one side to the other.

  • Wind was very excited by this discovery

  • because now she understood her world a little better.

  • Best of all, in such a small world, her and Mr. Ug

  • were bound to meet eventually.

  • So she went home and decided to start another project.

  • Sometimes she worried that one of them

  • would accidentally fall off the edge of the world,

  • and she would never get to meet Mr. Ug.

  • After all, she herself had fallen off

  • the flat land where she grew up, which

  • was how she'd gotten here.

  • She'd thought about building a fence along the edge,

  • but it had always seemed like too big a project.

  • Now that she knew that her world was a loop,

  • she realized she could actually finish this project

  • and build a fence around the entire world.

  • She started with the side below her house,

  • and started around towards Mr. Ug's.

  • She passed the big rock, and the pine log,

  • and the beet peel store, until she

  • got to Mr. Ug's little yellow house, her heart fluttering

  • at the hope that he might be home this time.

  • But she saw to her surprise that Mr. Ug

  • was building a fence of his own on the other edge of the world.

  • Maybe he had gone to visit her, and saw the beginnings

  • of her fence, and decided to help out.

  • Wind continued building her fence,

  • thinking how sweet it was that Mr. Ug was

  • helping with her project.

  • She passed the lock pie, and the blue rod,

  • and the beef and beer store.

  • And when she got back to her home,

  • she was pleased to see that her entire world was safe

  • and she only had to build a fence along one edge of it.

  • Secure in the knowledge that Mr. Ug wasn't going anywhere,

  • Wind started pursuing other projects in the following days.

  • For example, she got a pet dog which

  • helped her feel a bit less lonely,

  • and built it a dog house.

  • She still wandered over to Mr. Ug's place

  • on occasion, just to see how he was doing.

  • It seemed that recently he'd gotten religious,

  • because he built what appeared to be a small church.

  • One day, Wind was out walking her dog

  • when the ground started to shake.

  • Suddenly, the ground began to split.

  • It was an earthquake so powerful that it

  • was ripping her world apart.

  • Wind quickly got away from the dangerous new edge that

  • was being torn through her world,

  • but her dog was still on the other side.

  • She ran trying to get past the crack,

  • but the world was splitting right down the center,

  • all the way around.

  • She could still hear her dog barking,

  • but the sound faded as the two sides of her worlds separated

  • and drifted apart.

  • Would she ever see her dog again?

  • And what about Mr. Ug?

  • I hate to end on a cliffhanger, but luckily for you, you

  • can figure out the ending to this story yourself.

  • Wind lives on not just any loop, but a Mobius strip,

  • which you can make easily out of paper.

  • Just cut out a strip, and instead of taping it

  • into a normal loop, give it a half twist first.

  • If you use a marker that bleeds through the paper,

  • you can draw Wind's house and see it from the other side.

  • But all that's essential here is that you draw wind and her dog.

  • Cut a line down the center of the paper, all the way around,

  • and you tell me how it ends.

Once upon a time, there was a small world.

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風和烏先生 (Wind and Mr. Ug)

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    林宜悉 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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